St Columb's Gardens
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Glebe Gallery, Churchill, Donegal,
Mr Adrian Kelly
Under the care of the OPW, St Columb's Garden overlooks the shores of Lough Gartan, near Churchill, County Donegal. The gardens, which include many rare and unusual plants, surround Glebe House and Gallery.
St Columb’s Gardens are found near Churchill, County Donegal. The gardens surround Regency House, which was originally built in the early-19th century as a Church of Ireland rectory. It is now home to Glebe House and Gallery.
The extensive gardens feature notable specimens of beech and chestnut, and lead down to beautiful Lough Gartan. The house, meanwhile, is decorated with William Morris textiles as well as Islamic, Irish, Italian and Japanese art. There are more than 300 works by leading 20th century artists, including Picasso and Kokoshka. Exhibitions are shown in the adjoining gallery.
The house and grounds were transformed into a haven of artistic beauty by the late Derek Hill, who planted many rare and unusual trees and shrubs. The property is now under the care of the OPW.