The Venue

Mount Congreve Gardens, Co. Waterford

The Rare & Special Plant Fair 2017 takes place at Mount Congreve Gardens, Co. Waterford.

paths_04Mount Congreve has one of the largest private collections of plants in the world with almost 70 acres of intensively planted woodland including a 4 acre walled garden.

Developed over many years by the late Mr. Ambrose Congreve who won 13 gold medals from the Chelsea flower show and his garden director, the late Mr. Herman Dool, the entire collection consists of many thousands of different trees and shrubs.

The woodland gardens peak from February through May with incredible swathes of colour from our collection of more than two thousand Rhododendrons and six hundred Camellias alone.

There are also over three hundred Acer cultivars, six hundred Conifers, two hundred and fifty climbers and fifteen hundred herbaceous plants, plus many more tender species contained in the Georgian glasshouse.

The gardens recently opened to the public after only being accessible by special arrangement to small groups.

Open from the beginning of March to the end of September  – 10am to 5.30 pm, Thursday to Sunday and bank holiday Mondays.

There is a café and Garden shop selling plants propagated from the gardens and seasonal vegetables grown in the walled garden.

€6 per entry to the gardens, children under 12 are free but must be accompanied by an adult.

There is a wheelchair accessible path to all the main points of the garden, but as it is a woodland garden not all areas are wheelchair accessible and appropriate footwear is advised.

No dogs other than registered guide dogs are allowed