The Gardens and Parkland at Leixlip Manor Hotel have had a dedicated team restoring them to their former glory since 1999. Mick and Peter, as well as the teams before them, have shown tremendous dedication in caring for these naturally stunning landscapes.
We invite you to call up, take a stroll and enjoy them in all their splendour.
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 the plant varieties. Signs on rare trees assist you in identifying them.
This is an ideal location for wedding photos, private parties, and peaceful evening strolls when visiting Leixlip Manor 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. We have replanted three species of hardwood tree for every tree that has fallen or been felled. Our 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 are in good shape for future generations.
As a result of a loving hand and careful nurturing, the property has become something of an unofficial Game Sanctuary. Pheasants, foxes (not necessarily the best of allies!), rabbits, hares, squirrels, and an abundance of birdsong are all residents of Leixlip Manor and Gardens. The occasional visit of our West Highland, Heidi, adds to this idyllic team. In 2018, our ponies, Golden Lady and Rollie, 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 quiet, but rapidly changing, to prepare for the seasonal change. Most of our early to mid-summer flowering has now died away and the foliage has been cleaned from the borders, having been replaced by late summer flowers such as the Agapantis, Crocosmia, and Anamones, all displaying vibrant colours.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 take away any soil nutrients.
At this time of year around the garden beautiful shrubs and ornamental trees can be seen; Lavandula, Hostas, Potentilla, Hebes, 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, pink, 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.