Russborough House Rhododendron Garden

Spring is finally here and I bet a lot of you spent your Sunday outdoors. So did I. Two years ago in April we went to visit Russborough House for the first time.

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Russborough House

Although the weather was nice it was a little too early for rhododendrons to bloom (which we obviously did not know at the time), so we promised ourselves to come back and it only took us two years.

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Rare plants fair

Upon arrival we found out that on that exact day there was a rare plant fair. Many fabulous species on display. I finally got myself an airplant (actually 2- one for the office and one for home), so I’ll be trying some DIYing soon enough turning these into a decor feature. The day was really hot – I suspect that might have been the summer for this year. Even an ice-cream parlor ran out of scones for ice-cream.

Back to the rhododendrons though. The walk to the garden is actually quite short. It’s estimated about 2km, but bear in mind that it’s a looped one, so it is really short. I’ve been craving some green colors, forest feel and fresh air for some time now and I got all of it there. There was so much green! My inner child was delighted. All I wanted to do was to run around just like when I was 5. And we hadn’t even reached blooming trees yet.

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The inside of the garden is small and easily walkable around. Colors and smells there – oh my! If you do suffer from hay-fever, I really do not recommend going. I started this “sneezing around spring time” thing about 2-3 years ago, but have never had anything major. After attending the garden though I thought my head would explode. I also could not stop the sneeze attack. Otherwise I loved it. Here is a little gallery to for your sight to feast on.

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There is a larger walk available around grounds towards the lady island with a Japanese bridge (just like the one in Kildare) with some surprises on trees for kids to look for.

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It’s a nice, quite walk – very relaxing. Just look at my happy face.

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Half way through there is a little pond with swans and ducks. Swan is well trained and swims closer hoping to get some treats. Duck’s aren’t of a scary type either.

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If after both walks you are still full of energy (or not), there are Blessington Lakes nearby. If you are traveling by car – there is a scenic drive. We found a lake shore site with a nice beach and parking. My skin was happy to feel some sun and beach blankets I equipped my car with recently came in handy.

So this was my Sunday. Hope yours was as enjoyable.

Yours truly,

T

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