A rival to the National Botanical Gardens in the heart of Wicklow? This fine series of glasshouses and conservatory seem to have a strikingly modern design to rival those of the Botanic Gardens! If they still exist what are/were they used for? Commercial or research? Native flowers or exotics? And who put them there?
Happy Valentine's day to every one - may you have lots of chocolates, get loads of cards, and generally feel much love today! We got something of a Valentine's present ourselves - in the form of answers to nearly all questions:
No - the house/etc pulled down in the 1950s
Yes - apparently "Many rare exotics"
- Who? Peter Shanley
- for the estate of Peter La Touche
c.1796 - when it was the "largest conservatory in Europe"
Photographer: Robert French
Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection
NLI Ref: L_ROY_09902
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