Celebrate National Tree Week (1st to 8th March 2015) at Powerscourt Gardens in the heart of the garden county. Join Powerscourt’s head gardener Michael Byrne for an expert guided walk on the trees in Powerscourt Gardens on 3rd March at 11am. The trees on the estate have been planted over the past two centuries and there are hundreds of varieties for you to discover.
Powerscourt features a unique collection of trees which Michael will tell you about. While many of these trees are a familiar sight to us, when they were first planted they were mostly new plants, collected from the Americas and all over the world. Keep an eye out for the North American conifers, which were the ‘exotic’ plants of the 19th century. The relatively kind climate at Powerscourt has helped many of these trees grow rapidly.
The River Walk at Powerscourt features the tallest tree in Ireland, a Douglas Fir. The tree stands at 61.5 metres, or 202 ft, towering above well-known landmarks including Dublin’s Liberty Hall (59.5 m) and Niagara Falls (51m).
There are Irish and European champion trees at Powerscourt including a Wild Cherry, a Torrey Pine and a Southern Beech. The estate features many exceptional trees including a line of Douglas Fir which are among the tallest in Ireland and about 150 years old. Come for a walk in Powerscourt Gardens this National Tree Week and discover its arboretum of trees. The guided walk costs €8.50 per adult and €7.50 for seniors and tickets can be booked in advance through www.powerscourt.com/events