The Gardens and Parkland at Leixlip Manor Hotel have had a dedicated team working on restoring them to their former glory since 1999. Mick and Peter and the team’s before them have shown tremendous dedication in bringing these beautiful gardens on and we invite you to call up, take stroll and enjoy them.
The Victorian Walled Garden
The Walled Garden, a pure masterpiece of Georgian Design has uncovered many interesting plants, some quite exotic. Mick is happy to talk you through some of the plant varieties when you visit with signs on most of the rare trees to help you identify them.
This is an ideal location for your Wedding photos, Private Parties and an idyllic place to take a stroll when visiting the hotel.
The Woodland surrounding Leixlip Manor is a mixture of native hardwood trees and an interesting assortment of Californian Redwood trees.
Through careful management our policy is to think to the future, therefore we have replanted 3 species of hardwood tree to every tree that has fallen or been felled. Trees are checked on an annual basis for disease and ivy is removed. Occasional tree surgery is part and parcel of good woodland management thus ensuring the remainder of the trees remain in good shape for future generations.
A result of nurturing, the property has been the creation of an unofficial Game Sanctuary. Pheasants, Foxes (not necessarily the best of allies!), Rabbits, Hares, Squirrels, an abundance of birdsong are all residents of Leixlip Manor and Gardens. The occasional visit of our West Highland, Heidi adds to this idyllic mix and in 2018 Golden Lady and Rollie our ponies arrived.
Notes from Mick, our Head Gardener, Late Summer/ Early Autumn 2018:
Our gardens here at Leixlip Manor are looking very well, especially after the long dry hot spell in June and July. Now August has arrived, we see a return of more normal weather conditions with rain included to give the Lawns and Plants a well deserved reprieve, the grass will soon have it luscious green colour back.
August is a month of transition in the garden, sometimes quite, but rapidly changing to prepare for the seasonal change. Most of our early-mid Summer flowering has now died away and the foliage has been cleaned from the borders, having been replaced by late Summer flowers such as the Agapantis, Crocosmia and Anamones, all displaying vibrant colours. Other attractions to be seen are the bee attracting Lavandula and the Buddleja or Butterfly Plant.
Some leaves are now beginning to fall so it is necessary to stay ahead and remove them to keep the areas clean. But hoeing is also essential for weed control. We have a lot of deciduous trees on the grounds preparing for the Season ahead, So leaves will begin to turn to its Autumn colours. We have a wonderful tree located in the Victorian Walled Garden called Liquid Amber (Sweetgum)and over the next few weeks the leaves on this tree will turn a beautiful golden Autumn Colour, well worth a visit. But be aware, not only are the leaves beginning to fall, so are the empty shell nuts of the horse chestnut trees, the squirrels are busy gathering and storing for the Winter. Other trees located in the Victorian Walled Garden at Leixlip Manor is the Katura tree, the Conifer and a magnificent Blue Cedar 100 feet tall.
Notes from Mick, our Head Gardener, Early Summer 2018:
Early Summer has arrived and with it comes the weeks, hoeing is essential to remove weeds, this method will not to take away any soil nutrients.
At this time of year around the garden beautiful shrubs and ornamental trees can be seen; Lavandula, Hosta’s, Potentilla, Hebe’s, Japanese Maples all beginning to display.
Roses are plentiful around the gardens having been cut back last February for rest and protection, they are now regrown and displaying leaves and buds in beautiful colours of Red, Pinks and Yellow for all to see.
Notes from Mick, our Head Gardener, Spring 2018:
The early Spring Flowers such as Daffodils, Macari, Snowdrops and Tulips have now lost their vibrant colours leaving behind droopy yellowish foliage. This is when the plants return energy back to the bulbs to rest and prepare for next spring. these leaves will soon be cut back to ground level.