County Wicklow's Powerscourt Gardens an Irish delight

June 3, 2013 

PowersCourt Gardens offer scenic Irish landscapes near Dublin.

MOLLY MCGARRY AND DAVE ROONEY — COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

Molly McGarry and her partner, Dave Rooney, own Uisce, an Irish pub in Bellingham.

"This picture was taken the last time we visited Ireland, in 2011,” Molly says. "We took a day trip with Dave's parents to Powerscourt Gardens, located in County Wicklow, around 45 minutes or so from Dublin.

"The view is of the central fountain, and while one is unable to see them from the photograph, there are individual gardens surrounding it on all sides. Truly a visual delight, Powerscourt includes formal tree plantings, a walled garden, fish pond, rose garden, Japanese garden, fern grotto and ter- races.

"There is a funny story about the sec- ond reconstruction of the garden, which happened after 1731. The archi- tect Daniel Robertson is said to have suffered from gout and during construc- tion gave directions from a wheelbar- row, many times drinking from a bottle of sherry. ... When the sherry was finished, work was finished for the day."

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