In August 1997 the gates of Strokestown Park Walled Gardens were opened to the public, after a ten year restoration project. The Gardens had received little or no maintenance since the 1960′s and therefore had been totally reclaimed by nature. Many of the original features have been restored including the Croquet Lawn, the Lawn Tennis Court, The Summer House and a magnificent ornamental Lilly pond.
The Herbaceous Border is listed in the Guinness Book Of Records as the longest Herbaceous Border in Britain and Ireland. It truly is breathtaking having been planted in a rainbow colour scheme. Other equally beautiful features in the Garden include a formal Rose Garden, a wonderful Pergola, a wildflower Garden and a Fernery, to name but a few.
Mature specimens of Liriondendron Tulipifera (Tulip Tree), Trachycarpus, Fortunei (Chusan Palm) and Taxus Baccata Fastigiata (Irish Yew) still stand proud within the gardens. When you walk into the Walled Gardens at Strokestown Park, it is as if you have walked into another world, a world of beauty and pleasure. This is a Garden you don't want to miss.
The Georgian Fruit & Vegetable garden was opened to the public in July 2000 having been faithfully restored by the management and staff of Strokestown Park. Many fine features of Georgian Garden architecture exist in this garden today. The Glass houses were built in 1780 by James O Donnell they are believed to be the oldest restored Glass-house range in Ireland. The gazebo tower has been fully restored to its original splendour and fine examples of plaster work can be seen. The garden is now growing old varieties of fruit and vegetables using traditional methods, all garden produce is used in the preparation of home cooked food in the Strokestown Park Restaurant.
There is also a woodland walk at Strokestown Park. In 2011 a sensitive restoration took place reopening the original pathways, while at all times making sure not to interfere with the overhead canopy, the woodlands have been reopened to the public. Some of the original mature specimens of Quercus robur (Oak) and Fagus sylvatica (Beech) remain to be seen. Other tree species to look out for are Acer pseudoplatanus (Sycamore), Ilex aquifolium (Holly), Coylus avellana (Hazel) and many more. As the woodland is now accessible planting can now continue in order to keep this stunning natural asset alive for all to enjoy. Admission to the Woodland Walk is free .