Festina Lente

The Festina Lente non-profit Walled Victorian Gardens have been loving restored to their original Victorian design and plans surrounded by the original walls built in the 1780’s as part of the grounds of Old Connaught House.

It is one of the largest working Victorian Walled Garden in Ireland and contains many beautiful features and stunning fauna and flora.

There are three main areas that have been restored all within the original Victorian walls – our Ornamental Formal Garden which includes our Therapeutic Sensory Integration Trail, our Pool Garden including Terrapin Sanctuary; and our Working Kitchen Garden where we have a fabulous herbaceous border separating our large number of community allotments which are rented on an annual basis.

Walled Garden and Garden Centre Opening Times:

Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm.

Saturday: 9.30am-6pm.

Sunday: 11am – 6pm.


♦ Outdoor Snack bar

♦ Garden Centre

♦ Dog Friendly Gardens

♦ Free Parking

♦ Wheelchair Accessible

♦ Toilets

Upcoming Events

RHSI members have priority booking privileges but many events are also open to other interested gardeners.

Book now for the upcoming practical workshops at Russborough on PRUNING 24 March and on GARDEN DESIGN 14 April.

Tel: +353 1  4937 154 or  info@rhsi.ie


Spring Plant Sale

Saturday 28 April, 2018

Lecture – Airfield: a work in progress

Wednesday 11 April, 2018

Garden Design Workshop

Saturday 14 April, 2018

Airfield Estate Gardens

Ballymaloe Cookery School

Ballyrobert Gardens

Bantry House and Garden

Bellefield House

Benvarden Garden

Birr Castle Garden

Blarney Castle and Gardens

Burtown House and Gardens

Colclough Walled Garden

Coolaught Walled Garden

Festina Lente

Gash Gardens

Glebe Gardens

Glenavon Japanese Garden

June Blake’s Garden, Blessington

Kilfane Glen and Waterfall

Killruddery House and Gardens

Kilmokea Country Manor and Gardens

Kylemore Abbey Victorian Walled Garden

Lodge Park Walled Garden

Loughcrew Gardens

Mount Usher Gardens

Newtownbarry House and Garden

Oakfield Park Gardens

Old Deanery Garden

Rothe House Museum and Garden

Salthill Garden

Seaforde Gardens

Strokestown Park Gardens

Terra Nova Gardens

The Bay Garden

The Dower House

Tullynally Castle Gardens

Tyrrelstown House Garden

Victorian Working Garden at Fota House

Woodville Walled Garden