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Fruitlawn Garden, Abbeyleix/Shanahoe, Laois, Republic of Ireland
Mr Arthur Shackleton
Walled in garden of approximately 1 acre, with richly planted perennial borders containing many unusual plants, hornbeam tunnel, orchard, fruit and vegetable garden, oak copse, yew hedges, beautiful climbing roses, lovely trees and shrubs.
Created 10 years ago by garden designer Arthur Shackleton, Fruitlawn Garden covers approximately 1 acre within a walled setting. The garden has a formal layout, with paths, hedges and a hornbeam tunnel dividing it across the middle.
The different spaces within the garden include large perennial borders, which have a mass of changing colour and texture throughout the summer. There is also an oak copse under planted with lots of spring bulbs, a fruit and vegetable garden area, which includes more unusual plants like seakale, asparagus, blue potatoes and wineberries.
A small orchard is set in a wild flower meadow. A small, formal pool, a yew hedged recreation space and many unusual and beautiful plants complete the picture. The plants in the garden include many rare and special varieties collected over the years from some of Ireland's best gardens. Many of these are for sale in the garden.