At Terra Nova.

15 Sep


Our builder finished on Friday…yippee! To celebrate we decided to have a day out on Saturday. Nine thirty saw us heading off to Kilmallock in Co. Limerick to visit Terra Nova…the wonderful garden designed and created by husband and wife team Deborah and Martin Begley. We were in the local village of Bruff by one o’clock where we dined at The Old Bake House Restaurant. Then a short drive to check out the town of Kilmallock. By two o’clock we were at our real destination just as the gates opened. We were’nt the only ones…


This really is a magical garden. It is only half an acre but due the way the garden is divided into several small gardens it appears so much bigger.


Even the small front garden is sub-divided into two smaller gardens. Each sub-division is totally different but the whole thing flows like a dream.


Every space is filled…even the gable end is furnished with lusciouscly filled pots of beautifully healthy looking plants.


Love this little pond which is totally covered in by trees and shrubs which creates the beautiful  dappled shade. Until you enter that little area there is no hint of what lies there. Love this!


The other gable end is also filled with potted plants. A little gift shop is nearby plus complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits.


We are now in the back garden at the Thai Tea House. So lovely to just sit here and sign the visitors book. A very serene spot…surrounded by plants with the sound of trickling water nearby.


Looking out to the garden from the tea house. Could sit here for some time but so much more to see…


Another gorgeous water feature…leading on to


beautiful Birches.


This meditating Sprite sits quietly among the plants…


whilst another plays a flute by the pond in the woodland garden.


A lovely sample of Martin’s  stained glass work in the Fairy House.


There’s so many more pictures I could show and so much more I could say about the amazing work of art this garden is but I will leave it there. If you ever get the chance go for a visit…it  will be worth it. I think it’s our fave garden…ever. Closed now for 2013 put it in your diary for next year. We intend to go back to see the garden in it’s full Summer splendour in 2014.

26 Responses to “At Terra Nova.”

  1. cathsveggies1 September 15, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    Wow…..that looks an amazing place to get lost in, I love it !

  2. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words September 15, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    oh I so want to live there!
    where is this garden?
    such incredible flow like opening a gift around every corner…!
    Thank you so much for sharing, plants..gardening is my passion…
    Take Care…

    • bridget September 15, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

      It is a very special place Maryrose.

  3. Donna@Gardens Eye View September 15, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    I would love to visit gardens in Ireland…a very fun and interesting garden.

    • bridget September 15, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

      There must be someone doing garden tours to Ireland.

  4. Jane September 15, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    It’s enchanting! I’m just thinking how much work that must take.
    Jane x

    • bridget September 15, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

      It takes a lot of commitment to have that sort of garden.

  5. Deborah Begley September 15, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    Bridget it was such a pleasure to see you and Andrew yesterday! I’m glad you enjoyed it and thanks for sharing these lovely pictures in your blog 🙂 Hope you don’t mind me sharing it now!

    • bridget September 15, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

      No probs Deborah…

  6. Charlie@Seattle Trekker September 15, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

    The garden is, as you suggest, quite special. I really enjoyed the gate at the beginning and the end of your photos

    • bridget September 16, 2013 at 8:58 am #

      It really is a very different garden.

  7. Anne Wilson September 15, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

    Lovely gardens, maybe we can make it there next year. I especially love the tree ferns there is something primeval about them.

    • bridget September 16, 2013 at 8:58 am #

      It really is a special garden. They lost a lot of their Tree ferns in the bad Winters. Maybe we should organise a bus there next Summer.

  8. The Belmont Rooster September 16, 2013 at 12:32 am #


  9. Ms. Ladybug September 16, 2013 at 1:31 am #

    You came by and liked my blog and I was so happy that I followed the link to yours! My grandfather was from Ireland. He came to the America’s in 1914! I love the lush looks of the landscaping there. My aunties visited a number of years ago…and I hope that it will one day be in my future to visit. I will be happily following your adventures in life. 🙂

    • bridget September 16, 2013 at 9:15 am #

      Hopefully you will get to make the trip to Ireland one day.

  10. Willowarchway September 16, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    This place looks beautiful, thanks for sharing. \would love to see it in person.

    • bridget September 16, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

      It really is a smashing, inspiring garden.

  11. Pam's English Garden September 16, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    Congratulations on finishing your project, Bridget! What a wonderful way to reward yourselves. It is amazing how they used such a small space to make it look so very big. I understand why it is your favorite. Would love to visit! P. x

    • bridget September 16, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

      We’re far from finished yet Pam…still lots of painting etc to do. Then there’s the garden…

  12. crabandfish September 17, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    How lovely and magical – thanks for sharing it with us Bridget,

  13. Sarah September 17, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    After looking at all the beautiful photos, I had to go back and check the size of the garden… so much in half an acre, but it doesn’t look bitty and squeezed in at all. I love the long view over the small lawn down to, is it a shed or shepherd’s hut at the end?

    • bridget September 17, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

      Yes! Just half an acre… That’s a little covered seating area there just by a little water feature. It’s just beautiful!

  14. elaine September 18, 2013 at 6:54 am #

    Now that’s what I call a garden. What a lovely place – and so different. Thanks for sharing it with us Bridget.

  15. The Earth Beneath My Feet September 18, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    What a magical, mystical place!

  16. SmallHouseBigGarden September 23, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    The stained glass window is a beautiful work of art.
    I love the peaceful nature of these gardens. Your pic at is my favorite!

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