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Irish Georgian SocietyStepping Through the Gate: Inside Ireland's Walled Gardens

The Irish Georgian Society is celebrating the Irish Country House Garden with Stepping Through the Gate: Inside Ireland's Walled Gardens, open to the public until 29 July 2022.

Walled gardens have a long history going back millennia having often simultaneously served not just as places to grow fruit and vegetables, but also areas of privacy and of protection from intemperate weather conditions.

This exhibition features specially commissioned paintings of Walled Gardens by four distinguished artists: Lesley Fennell, Andrea Jameson, Maria Levinge and Alison Rosse.

All four artists are active gardeners and are people who understand plants. Alison Rosse and her husband inherited responsibility for one of Ireland’s finest demesnes at Birr Castle which includes superlative walled gardens laid out by his late parents. Lesley Fennell can take credit for creating a truly lovely garden at Burtown, County Kildare. Together with her two sisters, at Tourin, County Waterford, Andrea Jameson ensures that the walled garden remains as productive as ever, while Maria Levinge, having moved house a few years ago, embarked on establishing a new garden in County Wexford.

Paintings in the exhibition are available for purchase and you can find them categorised by artist via the links below:

Lesley Fennell

Andrea Jameson

Maria Levinge

Alison Rosse

If you would like to purchase a painting, please email trebecca.henderson@igs.ie! The exhibition catalogue can also be purchased from the IGS bookshop.