The Promise of Summer


The gardens of Lismore Castle, County Waterford photographed last summer during the annual opera festival held here. The upper section of the walled grounds, the oldest continually cultivated garden in Ireland, was originally laid out in the early decades of the 17th century for Richard Boyle, first Earl of Cork. In recent years it has been revitalised by head gardener Darren Topps and his team.



There is no better time to enjoy the gardens of Lismore Castle than in early June, which is when the opera festival takes place and this season’s production – of Donizetti’s  enchanting L’Elisir d’Amore – will be perfectly in tune with the mood of these pictures, full of light and colour and sparkle. Very much recommended.


For further information on the Lismore Opera Festival, see: http://www.lismoreoperafestival.com

5 comments on “The Promise of Summer

  1. I went there a few years ago.The gardens have a wonderful atmosphere and have interesting plants to admire as well.Hope you have a Happy Easter .Always enjoy your posts.

  2. Peter Davidson says:

    Happy Easter and continuing thanks for this delightful, elegant, and learned blog,

  3. Edward Kelly says:

    Beautiful gardens. We enjoyed them
    on a wet summer’s day a few years ago

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