Arboretum Kilquade

The Arboretum near Leighlinbridge in County Carlow has long been one of my favourite garden centres so I was delighted to hear that they were opening in County Wicklow.

They are situated  in Kilquade which is just off the N11 in County Wicklow, close to Kilcoole and the Druid’s Glen Hotel and Golf Course.

Arboretum Kilquade
One of the gardens in the National Garden Exhibition Centre, Arboretum, Kilquade, County Wicklow

Arboretum Kilquade has a good selection of plants for sale in the garden centre. I particularly liked the roses which were in their prime when we visited last week.

The coffee shop has been extended and refurbished and there is now lots of seating outdoors — partially covered so that there is some protection from the showers.

Best of all, Arboretum Kilquade is now home to the National Garden Exhibition Centre and the gardens are open again. At the time of writing (August 2015) admission is free.