A famous garden at Mount Stewart, County Down

Visitors walking in the Shamrock Garden at Mount Stewart, County Down, Northern Ireland

One of the most remarkable and idiosyncratic gardens with rare and exotic plants flourishing in a sub-tropical climate.

The garden reflects the character and planting flair of Edith, Lady Londonderry, who began transforming the site in the early 1920s.
 
Distinctly different garden areas range from the colourful borders and statuary in the Italian Garden, the Sunk Garden with its stone pergola hung with vines and roses and the Shamrock Garden’s topiary Irish Harp.
 
The Dodo Terrace contains cement statues of living, extinct and mythical creatures and commemorates the high society members of Lady Londonderry’s ‘Ark Club’, set up in 1915.