Mature, chemical-free garden with rabbit resistant plants

The garden at Rathurles near Nenagh is privately owned and sits on over 1 acre. It consists of lawns, borders, pond, herb garden and a mature orchard. Surrounded by rolling farmland, the garden is a quiet haven, which is a short drive from Nenagh, Cloughjordan’s Eco Village and the M7 motorway. To protect wildlife, the garden is maintained without weed-killer. In 2014 a storm ripped through the garden, toppling mature trees and demolishing the glasshouse. During the clean-up, the owner discovered a LIVE Mills WW2 hand grenade, which was safely detonated by the Army Bomb Squad.


With an informal style, the garden is arranged in blocks of colour. The Blue Garden features blue flowering plants such as delphinium, brunnnera "Jack Frost", iris, geranium, hyacinth, lupin, nepeta, Camassia leichtinii, Muscari armeniacum, borage, campanula, lavander, and ceanothus. The small White Courtyard is features plants like magnolia stellata, clematis armandii, arum lillies, white martagon lillies, white tulips, white daffodils and a creamy white honeysuckle called "Halls Prolific". 

The Sunshine Border is full of yellow and orange flowering plants, such as Peruvian lillies, peony, candlebra primula, heuchera, berberis "Darwinii", roses, several type of hemerocallis and narcissi Sundisc, Rip Van Winkle, Brooke Ager and Tete a Tete. There are also borders full of pink and purple flowers in other parts of the garden.

Trees include apple, birch, copper beech, maple, eucalyptus, rowan, holly, laburnum, cherry, and unusual specimens such as Gingko biloba, Gleditsia triacanthos, red flowering chestnut, wedding cake tree, Chile lantern tree, and Persian ironwood. Shrubs include rhododendron, buxus sempervirens, bamboo, sarcococca, laurel, berberis, mahonia, hydrangea, philadelphus, kerria and cornus.  Archways and walls provide support for rosa banksiae, wisteria and deutzia.  Shady areas are home to ferns, foxgloves, hosta, hellebores, skimmia, cyclamen and aquilegia.


The lawns are home to naturalized snowdrops, bluebells and daffodils.  All plants are watered using rainwater collected from the roof. The garden attracts bees and a variety of wild birds including mistle thrush aka storm cock, gold crest, blue tit, finch, and pheasant. It is also home to frogs, hedgehogs and rabbits, which present a gardening challenge! In the Spring naughty fairies sometimes disguise themselves as orphaned lambs, finding their way into the garden.


Visiting Times

  • Opening: May - October for groups of 10 or more. Autumn 2015 in aid of Cancer Research

    Times: Please ring to arrange/confirm visits



  • Address: Rathurles, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

    GPS: 52° 52' 19'' N, 8° 8' 31''W

    Directions: From the M7: take exit 24 for Nenagh. As you head along the R445 towards Nenagh, look out for our signpost on the right hand side. From Nenagh town: take the Old Dublin Road, the R445 past the Abbey Court Hotel and the graveyard. After Liffey Mills take the next left, cross the hump back bridge and keep an eye out for our sign.


What to Expect

  • Admission Fees: Adults €5, Children €2.50

    Accessibility: Not wheelchair accessible.

    Children: Supervised children allowed.

    Dogs: Dogs on leads allowed.

    Facilities: None, but plenty of cafes & pubs nearby. Afternoon Tea on request for groups



  • Name: Kerrie O’Connor

    Telephone: 086-8079763


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