Welcome to Burtown, an Artists' Garden & Gallery Cafe near Athy in Co. Kildare
Burtown House, an early Georgian villa, is surrounded by lush flower, vegetable and woodland gardens with beautiful park and farmland walks.
“It is rare to find one of these houses still in the possession of the descendants of the family that built it. Burtown is one of these treasures, passed down through the generations and still very much a family home”.
The Knight of Glin and James Peill - The Irish Country House.
The gardens at Burtown are unusual in that they were worked by three generations of the family; the late Wendy Walsh, one of Ireland’s finest botanical artists; Wendy’s daughter the painter Lesley Fennell, and her son James, a professional photographer.
The gardens at Burtown are made up of several areas, including large herbaceous borders, shrubberies, a rock garden, a yew walk divided by a pergola, a sundial garden, an old orchard, a more formal stable yard garden, a walled organic vegetable garden and a large woodland garden surrounded on all sides by water.
Opening Times 2016
Snowdrops, aconites and early bulbs: 2nd Saturday of February Every Wednesday - Sunday, including bank holidays. 11.00am – 5.30pm. The Green Barn is also open serving our full menu.
The Gardens are open from April - October, 11.00am – 5.30pm, Wednesday - Sunday and Bank Holidays. We serve delicious lunches, based on fresh seasonal produce from our organic kitchen garden every day that we are open.
The Gallery Cafe will now also serve dinner (last serving 8.30pm) every Friday night until the end of October. Booking is recommended.
Become a Friend of Burtown for an annual fee of €50 and visit as often as you like throughout the season and bring 3 guests for free! See here for further details »
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The Gallery Cafe & Shop
The Gallery Cafe is open every Wednesday - Sunday including bank holiday Mondays, serving coffee, tea, homemade cakes and biscuits. We serve scrumptious lunches based on fresh seasonal produce from our organic kitchen garden. Booking is recommended. Group bookings for garden groups are possible all year round.
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South Kildare Heritage Trail - Explorer’s Way
Explorer’s Way is a heritage trail across South County Kildare that links a host of hidden gems, including an early Georgian Villa and Gardens (Burtown), a Quaker Village (Ballitore), an Ernest Shackleton showcase and so much more.
News & Events
This July 31st for The Carlow Garden Festival we will have John Grimshaw and Seamus O’Brien both talking in our garden at 12.00 noon and 3pm.
‘A Botanical Scramble for Africa - Plant Exploration in the Cape and the Drakensberg’
Seamus O’Brien re-counts the story of an expedition he recently led to South Africa where he and a keen group of enthusiastic Irish plantspeople (including Lesley Fennell from Burtown) studied the flora of the Cape, including Table mountain and the flowers of the Drakensberg Range into Lesotho. The talk concludes with images of plants and animals in Kruger National Park.
Seamus O’Brien is a well known horticulturist, and he currently manages Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens, part of the Dublin Botanic Gardens. He is internationally recognised as a leading expert on plants from the temporate regions of China, and is author of the acclaimed”In the Footsteps of Augustine Henry” and is currently writing a book “In the Footsteps of Joseph Hooker”, where research has led to travels in India and Sikkim. He is a regular contributer to “The Irish Garden” and other publications, and is much in demand as a speaker. His last botanical expedition was to South Africa in February 2016, particually to the Drakensberg Mountains and Natal. This talk will be his first on this latest botanical expedition.
Plants, Gardens and People: Gardening Life over the last 40 years
John Grimshaw, Director of the Yorkshire Arboretum at Castle Howard provides an entertaining account of his life in gardens and the lessons learned. Using the gardens at Burtown House as a backdrop, John covers herbaceous borders, adding magic to your late summer borders and good planting marriages. John also discusses some of his favourite plants from surprising novelties to rising stars.