Cottage garden with specimen trees, a herbaceous border and a new rose garden

Formerly run as “Ward’s Garden Centre”, Woodland Cottage Garden has been evolving over the past thirty years. The garden consists of three distinctive areas. To the front of the house is the main lawn, which is flanked by a large mixed herbaceous border on one side. A hidden path leads down to the new rose garden. Here you can admire the many circular shapes of the borders, reflection pond and pergola.

Continuing along the rustic path, you reach the woodland area. The semi-mature trees are under-planted with spring-flowering bulbs, Hellebores, Anemone nemerosa, Hostas and many other interesting woodland species. Cross the avenue and follow grass pathways that meander through a meadow filled with some fine specimens of both mature and semi-mature trees. Of particular interest are some old heritage apple trees.

After viewing these areas visitors can explore the smaller gardens nearer the house. To one side is an enclosed yard garden, filled with spring-flowering bulbs, nepeta-edged borders, and fiery red plants in the autumn. A beautiful Acer ‘Osakazuki’ under-planted with ferns, lily-of-the-valley and hostas dominates one corner. To the other side of the house is a thriving vegetable garden.

Many of the plants seen in the garden are for sale. Afternoon Tea on Saturdays in the glasshouse. Pre-arranged lunches for tours.

Visiting Times

  • Opening: Easter - September

    Times: Tuesdays & Saturdays 10.30am - 5pm. Welcome other times, but please phone



  • Address: Woodland Cottage, Birr, Co Offaly

    GPS: 53.108035, -7.901198


    Directions: From Tullamore take the N52 south towards Birr. On the approachroad to Birr just past the 60km signs, Woodland Cottage is on the left. From Birr,take the N52 towards Tullamore. Pass the LIDL supermarket and WoodlandCottage is the second entrance on the right.


What to Expect

  • Admission Fees: €4

    Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

    Children: Must be supervised at all times due to open water

    Dogs: No dogs allowed

    Facilities: Toilet. Plants for sale. Afternoon tea on Saturdays



  • Name: Anne Ward

    Telephone: 057 9121215 / 086 3051697

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