Kilgar Gardens

Kilgar Gardens

Paula Byrne 
Address: Kilgar house, Gallow, Kilcock, Co Meath W23E7FK
Phone; Paula +353 87 134 4950

An RHSI Partner GardenThe Garden comprises of three acres, which are divided into a number of garden rooms around the house. Glimpses of one can be caught when you are in another. The Poppy garden with a lovely tiered stone water feature is at its best in midsummer with jewel coloured cannas; aralias and lollipop privet are under-planted with agapanthus and ground cover roses. A stone path links you to the Urn walk, a shaded garden planted with ferns, acers, tulips and alliums. Linking you to the June garden with a pretty summer house as the main feature, softly planted in a cottage-garden style. Old shrub roses, cornus trees and a Victorian style trellis archway lead you to the main patio and Rose garden. Beds and paths are framed with box hedging while fenced-in old railings and a kissing gate let you enter into the fields beyond. The railings are lined with pleached lime trees and four statues look out to the Meath countryside which is a lovely balance between formality and nature.

The Mediterranean garden has flower beds and gravel paths framed with box hedges, softened with grasses and terracotta pots, apple trees, herbs and succulents. The paths through this garden are lined with standard privet and nepeta leading you on to the Meadow garden which starts to get more natural. The path continues to curve with perennials and grasses being repeated to create a meadow. The potting shed and flower house are customised and filled with amusing objects showing Paula’s personality. To enter the Flower Farm you follow a neatly mown path through the long grass and under Prunus ‘Tai-haku’ blossom trees. Wild roses are planted as a boundary to the field beyond.

Inspired by a garden trip to France, Paula set about planning the Serenity garden in 2020. This garden brings you on a journey through rusty steel moon arches. A lovely circular pond framed in rusty steel is complete with two wire birds flying away from it. (Wire birds were commissioned and created by Emma-Jane Rushmore.)

Specimen planting surrounding this area comprises cornus trees, magnolia, grasses and shrubs plus a large planting area with 14 Prunus ‘Shirotae’ blossom trees under-planted with Molinia grasses and ‘Thalia’ daffodils.

Paula sense of style and creativity is carried throughout these gardens which she designed and planted over the past fourteen years.

Paula is a keen florist and grows her own cut flowers, all planted in galvanised raised beds made from the roof of her dad’s old milking parlour.

Tea rooms, with a view onto the Rose Garden, serve beverages, homemade scones and Laura’s delicious cakes. Paula’s artwork is also on display and for sale.

Formality personality and enthusiasm are not words found regularly sharing a space. Paula is someone whose garden combines all three with seeming ease. This garden would make a scruff want to pull up their socks.”

On Kilcock/Trim road between Juddmonte Farms and Kilcock Golf Club.

Open times:
June Fri 31st  May, Sat 1st, Sun 2nd, Mon 3rd
July Fri 5th, Sat 6th, Sun 7th
August Fri 2nd, Sat 3rd, Sun 4th, Mon 5th
September Sat 31st August, Sun 1st September

Cost: €6 per person for garden visit

Guided Tours: Group Bookings welcome 7 days a week by appointment.

(€5 per person) Tea coffee and scones €5 per person

Tea Rooms Open: Serving beverage, scones, and Laura’s delicious homemade cakes.

Other information:

  • WC. Wheelchair accessible
  • Plant sales
  • Flower Farm
  • No dogs allowed
  • Artwork for sale

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