Mount Usher Gardens

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Address and contact details
Ashford, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Tel: 353 (0)404 40205
Fax: 353 (0)404 40205
Web site:
Latitude: 53° 01' N
Longitude: 04° 05' W
Background to the collection
Year founded:1868
Ownership:Private, Mrs Madelaine Jay
Garden code:MTUS
Umbrella organisation:Botanic Gardens Conservation International, Irish Garden Society, National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens
Owner: Mrs Madelaine Jay
Head Gardener: Ms Maria Vlahos
Contact person: Ms Maria Vlahos
Total Staff:6
Total Horticultural Staff:5
Accessions:That every plant introduced to the Gardens is given an accession number, and that details about its origin, collector, collector number, etc. are documented.
Collections:To cultivate, when possible, three of every plant that is introduced to the Gardens; and that 25% will be natural-source material. To continue in the Mount Usher style of growing unusual and rare plants.
Physical environment
Altitude:20 m
Soil type:Loam, acid
Aspect:South, mostly flat
Total area:8 ha
Weather recordsRecords kept
Absolute maximum:29 °C
Absolute minimum:-7 °C
Average annual:1000 mm
Month of maximum:January
Month of minimum:July
Plant collection
Plants:12 000
Notable plants within the collection:
Eucalyptus viminalis, E. urnigera, Cunninghamia lanceolata, Nothofagus dombeyi, N. moorei, N. fusca, N. nervosa, Pinus montezumae, Eucryphia moorei, E. x nymansensis 'Mount Usher', Cornus capitita and Lomatia ferruginea.
Geographical area(s) of specialisation:
Northern Europe, Middle Europe, Southwestern Europe, Southeastern Europe, East Europe, Northern Africa, Southern Africa, Siberia, Caucasus, China, Mongolia, Australia, New Zealand, Subarctic America, Northwestern USA, North-Central USA, Northeastern USA, Southwestern USA, South-Central USA, Southeastern USA, North and Central Mexico, Western South America, Brazil, Southern South America
Special genera within the collections:
Nothofagus, Eucryphia, Eucalyptus
Special collections:
Nothofagus, NCCPG – 1 Genus.
Record Keeping:Kept since 1880
Record System:unknown
Plant-collecting trips:International and national
Facilities on site
Herbarium:Approximately 140 specimens, mostly cultivated
Research facilities:No
Publications:Garden catalogue
Identifications:Undertakes identifications for the general public. Internal verification of material
Teaching and Education:Primary and public education, potential for special courses
Interpretation:Supervised garden walks, signs, brochures, guided trails
Friends Organisation:No
Visitor facilities:Restaurant, café, plant shop, book shop, gift shop
Access to the collections
Public access:Admission charge
Public opening hours:Mon-Sun: 10.30am-6pm summer
Guiding principles behind the collection
No chemicals are used in the management of this garden. The Gardens will continue to exchange plants, in all forms, with other gardens, institutions, etc. with like-minded interests in both botanical and amenity pursuits. Mount Usher is a garden that welcomes visitors to enjoy the Robinsonian garden style and the plant treasures that grow within.
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