Gorse Hill Gardens – Garden as Gallery

Cliff Road, Windgates, Bray, Co. Wicklow

In this very unique setting overlooking the Bray/Greystones cliff path, is a steeply terraced garden of approximately four acres. Family owned for over fifty years, the gardens have filled out with mature Cordyline trees, New Zealand flax’s, Fuchsias, giant Echiums and many more plants that can withstand a seaside environment.

Even more unique are the garden installations that have evolved over the past twenty three years. Visitors have several ways of navigating this Garden as Gallery.

One is simply to wander through it stopping where you will to spend time and absorb what you see, smell, hear. Another is with a map and piece of paper to write sensory impressions and experiences onto and then to dialogue with the owner and artist Joan Davis over a cup of tea. A third is to be taken round personally by Joan and guided into interactions and immediate feedback with the installations followed by more discussion and tea.

All Garden as Gallery tours need to be booked in advance and a minimum of an hour and a half should be allowed for option one. Personalized Garden as Gallery tours require a minimum of four hours.

Tours are suitable for families with children over six years of age, small special interest groups of up to four people or on a one to one basis for deeper enquiry. There is a charge for personalized guided tours depending on the needs of the group or person and length of time taken.

Please contact Joan Davis at . Website Open between May and October by appointment only. There is no wheelchair access and the gardens are not suitable for buggies, prams or pets.

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