The healing garden of Knockrose is situated 500 feet above sea level nestling on the shoulder of The Scalp, a geological feature formed by the melting waters of a glacier. Tom and Trish Farrell are the owners and custodians of this beautifully cultivated unique garden, which is backed by an old mixed forest. Attached to a traditional farmhouse and farm buildings, built on the site of a castle at the edge of The Pale between the border of Dublin and Wicklow, it has been evolving over the last seventy years.
The garden is packed with a wide variety of cottage garden plants, shrubs and trees interspersed with areas of lawn, an organic vegetable plot and secluded seating. Mid-May sees the scented deciduous azaleas in bloom and late June/early July is heavenly perfumed by roses and philadelphus. Old granite mushrooms, stepping stones and standing stones along with a variety of Susan Cuffe copper wire sculptures (www.susancuffe.ie) feature throughout.
This garden is a very special place worthy of visits from horticulturists, hobby gardeners and those who just enjoy beautiful, peaceful, spiritual surroundings.
On the Kilternan/Enniskerry road R117 (this road can be accessed from the M50 – if travelling from the North take Exit 15 for Kilternan. If travelling from the South use Exit 6a for Enniskerry). Travelling from Enniskerry, 1st entrance on right after Scalp Service Station. Travelling from Kilternan, 1st entrance on left after Scalp Wood Nurseries. Bus route 44. Concealed entrance.
Early May to mid-September
Groups only (Minimum 2) – by appointment.
Open every Friday from mid-May, 10.00 to 5.00pm (no appointment needed).
Tea/coffee and homemade biscuits available by arrangement (€4.00 per person).
Guided tours – (Allow approximately 1 hour). Plants for sale. Not suitable for wheelchairs or children. No dogs.
Studio available to rent, suitable for meetings, Art workshops, Art Exhibitions, etc.
The Calm House is available for Yoga, Meditations, Art Exhibitions, Lectures, etc.
Powerscourt House & Gardens
Enniskerry Victorian Village
Johnnie Fox’s Traditional Pub
Best time to visit:
Mid May – August.
Patricia & Tom Farrell