Japanese Gardens Kildare Ireland

Peace and Tranquility

Introduction to The Gardens

Part of The Irish National Stud, The Japanese Gardens at Tully Co Kildare are a vereiste see when visiting Ireland. Renowned via the world spil being the best example ter Europe, it is a place merienda seen you will not leave behind. An exquisite example te Japanese garden vormgeving of the early 20 th Century, it is a tranquil garden for reflection and meditation te a beautiful setting that has bot loved for 100 years and attracts 150,000 visitors a year. Situated 25 miles south westelijk of Dublin, it is very accessible when visiting the caudal.

My very first visit to the Japanese Gardens and National Stud wasgoed spil a youthfull schoolgirl on a schoolgebouw excursion. Even spil an 8 year old the sheer artistry and wonder of witnessing miniature trees, unusual bonsai, beautiful flowers and a tea house all landscaped with love and attention to detail, has stayed with mij through the years.

I have since returned many times with my family and my rente ter Japanese Gardens has only heightened.

Elements of a Japanese Garden

What is a Japanese Garden?

Japanese Gardens very first appeared on Japan’s large centrally located island of Honshu back te 552 A.D. The gardens originally echoed the rugged landscape of Honshu with waterfalls, volcanic peaks, meandering flows, pebbled beaches and lakes.

Gardens also featured the unusual trees, mostly evergreen varieties and the abundance of exotic flowers. Seasonal switches were also an factor te vormgeving consideration from hot raw summers to the snowy winters.

Influenced originally from the Chinese, Japanese gardens had developed their own path by the 17 th Century, concentrating on their own rich heritage of beliefs, religion, traditions and materials available. Through the centuries there have bot different types of gardens take form for example the pleasure gardens (beautiful and recreational) liked originally by Japanese Emperor’s and noblemen or the Buddhist temple gardens focusing on meditation and contemplation.

All gardens will have certain features including water, rocks, sand, trees, flowers, stones, bridges, stone lanterns, water basins, gates, wooden fences and fish.

Authentic Tea House

A Place for Reflection

History of The Gardens

A wealthy Scottish businessman by the name of Colonel Salon Walker devised the idea of bringing a lump of the Orient to Ireland. A keen pony breeder, he had already purchased The National Stud ter Tully, Co Kildare and set about making his idea for a Japanese Garden a reality.

He hired Japanese master horticulturist Tassa Eida and his son Minoru to lay the garden and supervise the forty Irish gardeners also employed. The project took Four years to accomplish (1906-1910) with plants, bonsai, stone ornaments and a geisha house (tea house) being imported from Japan.

Executing to perfection, the concept of the garden wasgoed to create the journey or “Life of Man” from the cradle to the arduo incorporating traditional Japanese garden elements.

Tassa Eida left Ireland with his wifey and Two sons te 1911 for London, England to work on another garden. Sadly he died the following year on his terugwedstrijd journey huis to Japan.

Nothing wasgoed heard of his family until the late 1980’s when Brian Eida, son of Minoru, arrived at the Japanese Gardens ter Kildare to see the good work done by his late grandfather Tassa Eida.

The Beauty of Nature

The Journey of Life

The Story of The &ldquo,Life of Man&rdquo,

The garden tells of man’s journey from birth and the choices he vereiste make te life.

It starts at the Gates of Oblivion which symbolizes the soul choosing the bod.

The birth is depicted by a Rock Cave and is instantaneously followed by a narrow dark voetgangerstunnel, the voetgangerstunnel of uncertainty and ignorance experienced by the infant.

The next path is one of discovery spil the youthfull child grows through the Hill of Learning before following a meandering stream at the end of which he is faced with Three different paths to choose.

The very first is the straight road depicting bachelorhood, the 2nd path lined with Cherry trees symbolizes a life of materialism and self indulgence and the third path leads to the Island of Wonder, and marriage.

The uphill climb to the Hill of Ambition is eventually reached and after following a number of vensterluik paths, both married fucking partners arrive and come in the Garden of Peace and Contentment.

This is depicted by a tranquil setting of a silent gentle stream, green tended lawns and cool shady trees.

The end of the journey or life is reached upon coming in the Gateway of Eternity.

Along the journey keep an eye out for the

Engagement Bridge, the Marriage Bridge, the Honeymoon Path, a Tea House, the Well of Wisdom, the Bridge of Life and the Chair of Old Age.

Opening hours

Open daily from February – November, 9.30am – 6pm.

(closing times will vary close to November so checking before setting out is advisable)

What Else to See When Visiting

The Japanese Gardens are one of four attractions at The National Stud.

The other attractions are:

The Stud Farm,The Pony Museum and St Fiachra’s Garden.

The National Stud

St Fiachra’s Garden

Originally purchased by Colonel William Ontvangstruimte Walker at the turn of the 20 th Century, it now belongs to the Irish people. Respected and known via the world, The Stud Farm has a long history of being a premier breeding farm and resumes to breedgeschouderd successful racehorses.

World class mares have bot continually sent to Tully’s famous Stud to be covered by their stallions and the foals born are a onveranderlijk and natural delight for visitors. It has a long history of winners dating back to King Henry VIII of England, when his pony Minoru (named after the son of Japanese garden designer Tassa Eida) won the Epsom Derby.

Ter 2011 the farm played host to Queen Elizabeth II, on hier historic tour to Ireland.

The museum is a wonderful excursion down memory lane for all followers of pony racing where the strak of the demonstrate is the legendary pony Arkle who wasgoed the most famous and successful Irish pony everzwijn.

Three times winner of the famous Cheltenham Gold Cup, he has gone down spil the most successful steeplechaser the world has everzwijn seen. His name is so well known, fan mail with the address “Arkle, Ireland” wasgoed instantly recognised and would be sent to his stable.

He wasgoed also known for being partial to a druppel of Guinness, a true sign of his Irish heritage! Now more than 40 years since his passing, his skeleton takes pride of place ter the museum.

Ter this garden named after the patron saint of gardener’s, you step back te time to monastic life ter Ireland during the 6 th or 7 th Century. St Fiachra overseas the garden by way of a beautifully carved stone statue te the lake.

It wasgoed created ter 1999 by acclaimed landscape designer Professor Martin Hallinan.

What is interesting is the fact it shows the raw Irish landscape ter a bygone era that has so much familiarity yet is a time none of us knew.

Natural woodlands, waterfalls, rivulets, lakes and wetlands all combine to bring an Irish setting that on paper may not work next to a Japanese designed garden but it translates ideally.

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