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While the intention of the main post was to give some glimpses of the restoration and conservation works ongoing at Mount Stewart house, I also wanted to present some images of the fantastic gardens, originally laid out by Lady Edith Vane-Tempest-Stewart, Marchioness of Londonderry. Brief outlines of each of the gardens, their inspirations and their histories may be found: here.
|The Harp topiary in the Shamrock Garden|
The garden is in the shape of a shamrock, with elements such as the Irish Harp, and the Red Hand of Ulster, along with references to the mythological race of Fomorians, and the arrival of the Stewart family to Ireland.
|View of the north-western façade from the Sunk Garden|
|Big cat in the Italian Garden|
|One of Circe's pigs in the Italian Garden|
|View across the Italian Garden to the house|
|Orang-utan torso supporting a flower |
pot on his head, above a frieze of cloven
hooves, grape bunches, and classical masks
|Chapple Minor explores the Italian Garden|
|Chapples Minor exploring the Spanish Garden|
|The view from the Spanish Garden back towards the house|
and the ominous question 'can we swim in there?'
|Architectural details in the Italian Garden|
|The Italian Garden and the house behind|
|The Dodo Terrace from the Italian Garden|
|Another of Circe’s pigs and the house behind, bathed in |
bright summer sunshine
|Chapples Minor exploring the water |
feature at the Dodo Terrace
|Architectural detail on the shelter at |
the Dodo Terrace
|Stately Dodos frame Noah’s Ark|
|Enjoying the shade on the Dodo Terrace|
|More peacefully reposing Dodos|
(you could get the impression that I really liked them!)
|Chapple Minor discovers a dinosaur in the bushes!|
|The blue & white the Mairi Garden, named for Lady |
Edith’s daughter, Lady Mairi Bury
|If the weather is nice, do what we did and take a picnic,|
sit in the shade of a tree on the lawn & enjoy this beautiful place!