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Garden Visit: Delta Centre Sensory Gardens, Carlow

March 25, 2014

I’ve written about the Delta Centre before, having visited the twenty interconnecting but quite different sensory gardens for the Christmas light display. Promising to return in the springtime to see the many, different varieties of daffodils growing there, it only needed a meeting of friends with the suggestion of tea and cake in the friendly on-site café to find me there once more.

The daffodils were a bright and cheery splash of yellow throughout…

Delta Centre Tete a Tete Daffodils

and it was uplifting to watch the bees begin to emerge and feed upon the various yellow blooms…

Mahonia bee

possibly as a result of the shelter they’d found in one of several gorgeous bug hotels.

Bug Hotel in the Delta Centre Gardens, Carlow

We tried not to get wet as the wind whipped the water around us from the magnificent dandelion clock inspired water feature…

Dandelion Clock Water Featureand watched the Koi Carp swimming around the lake and under the bridge towards the sunken boat.

Old Boat in the Delta Centre Sensory Gardens, Carlow

We couldn’t help ourselves and had to stroke several giant sculptures featured in almost all of the gardens.

Delta Centre Sensory Gardens Pea Sculpture

and we gazed in admiration at Mary Reynold’s Celtic lady.

Mary Reynolds Celtic Lady

It was the alpine plants growing in the middle of the waist-high limestone wall that stole the show for me during this springtime visit. If they had been planted in beds on the ground we would have missed their exquisite blooms.

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If you have an opportunity to visit the Delta Centre sensory gardens on Saturday, 29th March, Deborah Begley from Terra Nova Gardens, Dromin, Co Limerick will be giving a light-hearted talk. For more information on the talk or for opening hours for the gardens in general, telephone +353(0)599143527 or email info@deltacentre.org – Admission: adults €5, concessions €4, children free accompanied by an adult.