Delta Sensory Gardens
Patrick and I love to travel. We’ve been far and wide. From Bordeaux to Bangkok, Madrid to Mendoza, Venice to Varanasi … we’ve been places and have seen sights, but there is still plenty more of this wonderful world for us to explore, and where better to make tracks than on our own home soil. We love to travel and we love Ireland so it only makes sense to explore what’s on our doorstep, and if you read this blog often, then you know that’s exactly what we do.
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Our latest discovery is the Delta Sensory Gardens, Strawhill in Carlow.
Patrick, Smith and I chanced our luck with the weather the afternoon we visited. It was one of those ‘four seasons in one day’ kind of days, blue skies then rain, then blue skies again. Unfortunately we lost the bet with mother nature as it rained quite soon after we arrived. However it didn’t dampen our spirits (no pun intended) and even on a rainy day in September the gardens were glowing and gorgeous.
We were given a loan of a large umbrella at reception along with a map. We were guided through the entrance of the gardens and advised how the gardens worked, then off we went. With cloudy skies above, the rain added to the lush of the greenery and it was fun finding shelter under the branches of trees and their canopy leaves. During the first and only big downpour we were greeted by the same staff member who checked us in, (I forget your name, sorry) she wanted to make sure we were dry and so met us with another large umbrella. So thoughtful and kind.
When the dark skies blew away to reveal bright blue skies we were greeted with glistening sculptures, sparkling roses and the multi-coloured hues of the beginning of Autumn, all rusty and earthy.
There are ten gardens within the Delta Sensory Garden along with a walkway called the Celtic Walkway. Each garden is known by a different name, each name represents what’s inside. You’ll spot sculptured plaques telling you exactly which garden you are in and it will all become clear as you walk and explore. The gardens are; Interactive Games Garden, Formal Rose Garden, The Water & Woodland Garden, The Mediterranean Garden, The Five Senses Garden, The Hubei Garden, The Circle of Life, The Sculpture Garden, The Willow Garden and The Stolen Child Garden … but the sensory experience doesn’t end there, when you have spent your time in the gardens there is a special sensory room within the reception area too. I won’t give away the surprise.
There is also a look-out in the garden, found on the Celtic Walkway, where there are herbs and plants growing out of the roof and pretty bunting hanging from its rafters. Scattered around the gardens, but obviously perfectly placed, you will find lots of places to sit and take it all in, or just chill, meditate or even eat a sandwich and enjoy a cuppa.
The sculptures throughout the whole of the Sensory Gardens are fantastic. The artistic touches, the eye for detail, the fun and the obvious passion and love for the garden is evident in each piece. A credit to Robert Frazer the artist who created each one and whom we met by chance when we visited. (He’s a very nice man).
We loved our visit to the gardens. Truly. There is something magical about the place. I went in feeling good but came out feeling great … feeling really happy and smiling. It’s a special place.
Beautiful in Autumn, I’m looking forward to returning in Winter when the gardens are decorated with fairy lights and you can visit ‘Santa’. Then we’ll be back for Spring and after that Summer … I’d probably live there if I could, a definite recommendation for your next road-trip or day off.
There is a cafe on site that closes at 5pm and there is currently a restaurant being built, which from its shell looks to artistically and architecturally fit the whole scene perfectly.
Opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, Weekends and Bank Holidays 11am-5.30pm.
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