The Lafcadio Hearn Gardens
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The Lafcadio Hearn Garden, is a new style of a Japanese Strolling Garden is now open to visit. This 2.5 acre gardens pay homage to the life journey of Irish writer, Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, childhood in Tramore and afar.
The Lafcadio Hearn Gardens, located at Pond road, Tramore. The design and planting of these unique 2.5 acre gardens pay homage to the life journey of Irish writer, Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, from his Victorian childhood in Tramore, to America, and ultimately to Japan where he achieved iconic status through his incomparable descriptions of its people, customs and culture.
The gardens were planted in 2014 on the site of an older garden whose mature trees blend seamlessly with the new creation. At the heart of the garden is a natural spring formed into a mountain stream with pools, ponds and bridges. The stream flows past rock outcrops to a lily pond before cascading down into a large rock basin. The dramatic rock formations in this area are inspired by the Japanese reverence for stone which was noted by Lafcadio Hearn.
A small amphitheatre with an ancient olive tree marks Hearn’s birth in Greece. An extensive boardwalk feature traverses a sea of new planting in the woodland which is reached by a Soribashi bridge.
This project achieved the highest international award in 2013 from the Japan World Exposition 1970 Fund.