Fine Gael Minister of State for Food Forestry and Horticulture was speaking at the launch of the 2017 Wicklow Gardens Season at Kilmacurragh. The launch was organised by Wicklow County Tourism in partnership with the Office of Public Works.
At the launch Doyle said “Wicklow is home to Ireland’s most beautiful gardens, including Powerscourt Gardens, Mount Usher and Kilruddery. I am delighted that over 20 gardens are opening their doors to visitors and garden enthusiasts over the next few months.’”
In recent years The National Botanic Gardens at Kilmacurragh has received funding from the Minister of Arts to restore and preserve the gardens and buildings in the estate. The works are managed by the Office of Public Works.
“I commend the staff and head gardener Seamus O’Brien on his dedication to restoring the gardens and buildings in Kilmacurragh. Kilmacurragh is a treasure that needs to be protected.” added Minister Doyle.
Since the opening of the tearooms in the restored courtyard buildings in 2015 has seen visitor numbers have increased to over 156,000 in 2016.
These initiatives by Wicklow Tourism are putting Wicklow Gardens on the international map of must see gardens of the world. I will continue to work to promote awareness of Ireland’s most beautiful gardens in Wicklow.