Explore Ballyteige Lodge’s unique and striking woodland garden
Ballyteige Lodge is situated at the meeting point of three interlocking valleys along the River Ow, at the heart of the Wicklow mountains.
Extensive planting was carried out in the Edwardian era that has, a hundred years on, left a legacy of mature trees and shrubs. Today, Ballyteige Lodge boasts a small arboretum of pines, cedars, redwoods, monkey puzzles, limes, azaleas and rhododendrons.
Intermingled amongst these introduced species are a rich variety of native trees, notably two large belts of oak forest.
The Woodland Garden
Step across our suspension bridge over the River Ow, where a slip of this native forest plays host to a unique woodland garden, painstakingly restored by Rory McArdle.
Discover an oriental style bridge, water sluices, waterfalls, twisting stone steps on a network of paths that run into and around cliffs and caves, as well as a deep salmon pool.
Experience a wide variety of plants and shrubs; from yew to rhododendron, rowans, holly, broom, azaleas, acers, Japanese cedar and ferns.
Under a canopy of magnificent mature oaks, this gorgeous woodland loop of approximately 1km leads you from Ballyteige Lodge’s orchard, wild flower meadow and specimen trees, across the River Ow, through a carpet of frockens, to a scene of exceptional natural beauty.
The woodland garden is open to Ballyteige Lodge visitors, or by appointment to the public.