Welcome to The Garden at Ballintubbert, A Garden in the Making
Welcome to our garden website. Ballintubbert Arts and Crafts Garden has just opened to the public for the first time, after ten years in the making. It is one of the largest public gardens in the country, nestled in a beautiful valley between the village of Stradbally, Co. Laois and the town of Athy, Co. Kildare, and just 50 minutes from Dublin by motorway via the M50 at the Red Cow. Take a day off and relax completely in this little pocket of Irish countryside.
When you visit, we will urge you to relax completely, and savour what lies ahead. During the few hours you spend with us we will attempt to delight you, provoke you, frustrate you and enchant you. This is an experience of the senses – your sight, your hearing, your sense of smell, touch and even taste.
Ballintubbert is a garden, a work of art, in the making. The historic garden is with us since 1850, and it has been expanded over the last ten years. It is not fully made yet, nor can it be. Nature will take her own sweet time. While the mind of man can attempt to impose artifice, ground will only settle to horticulture when it is ready, and plants take years to become sturdy and strong.
The great joy of seeing a garden in the making, however, is that you see the process of the making of art in dynamic form. The greatest gardens in the world – Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, Hidcote Park, Giverny amongst so many others – took years to make. Today, they are a testament to the imagination and mad dreams of their makers. But those makers have passed now to the potting shed in the sky, and can no longer describe the way in which such art came to be. This is what makes Ballintubbert different – it is young, it is alive, aware of its shortcomings and of its triumphs, endlessly embracing change.