Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens

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Pond Road, Tramore, Waterford,

Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens 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.

Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens reflect the life and extensive wanderings of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, who grew up in Ireland, and whose life journey embraced several parts of the world. The gardens pay homage to the fame he attained in Japan through his incomparable literary descriptions of the people, customs and culture of that country. The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens have a wonderful and unique story to tell. In their style and planting they contain elements of the gardening traditions of the countries and cultures traversed by Hearn during his varied life.

The journey begins in a Victorian Garden to commemorate Hearn’s happy childhood summers in Tramore. There is an American Garden, a Greek Garden and a traditional Japanese Tea Garden, in addition to a Stream Garden, ponds, a waterfall and an extensive boardwalk feature traverses a sea of new planting in the woodland which is reached by a Soribashi bridge. The main elements of design, in particular the use of rocks and water and the plant selection, are influenced by the tradition of a Japanese Strolling Garden. This project achieved the highest international award in 2013 from the Japan World Exposition 1970 Fund.

GARDENS OPEN: 11.00am - 5.00pm Thursday to Sunday (April-May) Tuesday to Sunday (June-October)-Thursdays (All Year Round) Entry: €5. Children: U-12 Free. Guided Tour (45mins): €7.50 GROUP GUIDED TOURS BY APPOINTMENT Opening days may vary from season to season. (Open Bank Holiday Mondays) You can visit any time during opening hours and take a self-guided tour. Or if preferred you can book a guided tour, please check website for tour details