Birr Castle

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Address and contact details
Birr, Co. Offaly, Ireland
Tel: 353 (0)1509 20336
Fax: 353 (0)1509 21583
Latitude: 53° 05' 50" N
Longitude: 07° 54' 50" W
Background to the collection
Ownership:Private, Earl of Rosse
Garden code:BIRR
Earl of Rosse
Contact person: Earl of Rosse
Physical environment
Soil type:Clay
Total area:20 ha
Area heated:0.2 ha
Weather recordsRecords are kept
Absolute maximum:28 °C
Absolute minimum:-14 °C
Strength:Below average
Plant collection
Notable plants within the collection:
Tallest Acer monspessulanum and Buxus sempervirens in the British Isles
Geographical area(s) of specialisation:
China, Southern South America
Special families within the collections:
Magnoliaceae, Pinaceae, Ericaceae, Theaceae, Paeoniaceae
Special genera within the collections:
Magnolia, Rhododendron, Camellia, Wisteria
Special collections:
Conifer, ICCP – 7 Taxa, 7 Species, 17 Plants.
Chile, ICCP – 8 Species, 23 Plants.
Record Keeping:Records kept
Plant-collecting trips:No
Facilities on site
Research facilities:No
Teaching and Education:Specialised courses
Interpretation:Signs, brochures, guided trails
Friends Organisation:Yes
Visitor facilities:Caf
Access to the collections
Public access:Admission charge
Public opening hours:Mon-Sun: 9am-6pm, or dusk
Location map

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