Garden sights in County Laois
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Southeast of town, these lavish gardens were landscaped by Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll and were completed in 1912. The centrepiece is a sunken garden, where circular terraces lead down to an oval pool with a magnificent fountain.
The gardens are 7km southeast of Abbeyleix, off the R432 to Ballinakill, in the grounds of Heywood Community School.
Garden lovers should also make their way to this sensory playground set in the walled gardens of a Brigidine convent. The vibrant planting, wind chimes, humming stone and fragrant blooms aim to stimulate all the senses and are the first of their kind in Ireland.