Ireland Garden Tour June 19-29, 2022

The west coast of Ireland is blessed with a magnificent climate for gardening, with mild winters, cool summers and lots of moisture. Plants from all over the world, including subtropical species from South America, Australia and New Zealand thrive here alongside Irish and even Arctic native plants. It’s not uncommon to see gardens featuring banana trees growing right next to cottage garden roses!

This 11-day tour features unique subtropical gardens, scenic coastal walks, historic and cultural sites, and overnight stays in luxurious 4-star hotels, including the magnificent Dromoland Castle in County Clare.

Walled gardens at Dromoland Castle

Space is limited! The cost of the tour is €3291 ($3595 at the current exchange rate), per person sharing a twin/double room. (Supplement for a single room is €891, or $973 at the current exchange rate.)

Reserve your place now with a 20% deposit – places must be reserved by April 18th. ****EXTENDED: RESERVATIONS ACCEPTED UNTIL MAY 15!****

The cost of the tour includes 10 nights accommodation in 4-star hotels (including one castle!), 11 hearty Irish breakfasts, five dinners, five lunches, jaunting car ride in Killarney, ferry ride to Garinish Island, and entrance fees to all attractions, sites and gardens.

To see the day-by-day tour schedule and details on included meals, admission fees and other amenities, please download the complete tour itinerary by clicking the link below. Chrys_Gardener_Tour_2022_Client_Itinerary

About your guide: I have dual citizenship (Ireland and US), and my husband and I had the wonderful experience of living in Ireland from 2008-2012. During our time there I worked as manager of the Irish Seed Savers Association, as well as designing and installing residential gardens with my husband. (You can see photos of some of these gardens on the Garden Design page.) While living in Ireland, we traveled to all corners of the country, exploring gardens, historic sites and wild places.

Since 2019 I have partnered with the Irish Tourism Group to offer small, private tours in Ireland, staying in a relatively small footprint of the country. My goal is to create an itinerary that lets us spend as much time looking at beautiful gardens and scenery as possible. The experienced staff at the Irish Tourism Group organize the coach transport, hotels and meals to a very high standard for our group.

Art and gardens mingle at the unique Ewe Experience in County Cork

What’s different about this tour: Most garden tours in Ireland stay close to the Dublin area on the east coast, but I found that the most unusual and exciting gardens are found in the west of Ireland, where the climate is moderated by the warm waters of the gulf stream. Join me on this bucket-list trip of a lifetime!

To reserve your place, first complete the passenger booking form:

Then place a 20% deposit using the secure confirmation form to hold your place. Confirmation Deposit form:

It’s also helpful if you send me an email when you reserve your place, as the bookings and payment are handled through the Irish Tourism Group in Ireland.

For more information and questions:

ireland garden tour 2022 – overview  AND links (In blue)


Join me on an 11-day private horticultural tour of Dublin and the South West/Mid-West of Ireland. Beginning in Dublin, meander through the beauty and tranquility of some of Ireland’s finest public and private gardens, finishing your tour with a stay in the majesty of Dromoland Castle and surrounding 450 acre estate.


After an overnight stay in Dublin, explore the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens before continuing onto the Treaty County of Limerick and Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.

Beautiful avenue of flowers Knockpatrick Gardens

Spend the next day enjoying Knockpatrick Gardens and the scenery of the Shannon Estuary before three nights in County Kerry, known as ‘The Kingdom.’


In County Kerry sample the hospitality and oceanic scenery of the fishing town of Dingle and its harbour, the grandeur of Muckross House and Gardens and the life of a Kerry Creamery.


Enjoy a traditional jaunting car ride through the magnificent scenery of the Dingle Peninsula, and explore the delightful botany and beauty of Dhu Varren Garden and Kells Bay Gardens.  


Continue to Ireland’s largest county of Cork and immerse yourself in the greenery and multi-coloured splendour of its rustic beauty, heritage and plant life. Wander around the sculptures at the Ewe Experience and lose yourself in nature in the extensive woodlands of Glengarriff Nature Reserve.


Visit the Palazzo styled Bantry House and Gardens, the rare specimens of Garinish Island and see the views from the Martello Tower.


Explore the beauty and tranquility of Inis Beg and take in the stunning vista of Lough Hyne.


In the fishing village and food capital Kinsale, enjoy a visit to historic Charles Fort with spectacular views out over the Harbour.


Finish with a return to Limerick where magic is real at Terra Nova Fairy Garden, then go back in time in Ireland’s prettiest village, Adare, before crossing the border into County Clare.

dromoland castle

Finish your tour with a magnificent stay at Dromoland Castle and enjoy the opulence
and luxury both in the castle and throughout the extensive gardens and woodlands, completing your magical Ireland stay in a fairy tale stronghold. Coach transport is provided on the final day back to Dublin for return flights home.





“Thank you for a wonderful and inspiring tour of gardens, castles, museums, ruins, and natural preserves in Ireland!  From the Burren to Seed Savers to Mary Reynold’s Celtic Garden to the Black Fort to local music sessions, it was a fascinating excursion of noteworthy places in the west of Ireland.”

Kip W.

“I had a great time with Chrys on her garden tour of Ireland. I was able to experience Ireland through her eyes and saw sites that I would not have seen on a traditional tour. I loved visiting the Irish Seed Savers and hearing the history of how they began. They work hard preserving seeds from all over the world and their evolving story of growth gave me hope for the future. If you book a tour with Chrys, you will be getting the best experience around.”

Cathy J.