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  • 301 W. RENO | OKLAHOMA CIT Y, OK 73102 | MYRIADGARDENS.ORG

    MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS

    TRAVEL STUDY PROGRAM

    GARDENJEWELS OF

    IRELANDMay 1-10th, 2014

  • Friday, May 2 Morning: The National Botanic Gardens, Farmleigh (lunch enroute)

    Afternoon: Free to shop and explore

    Overnight: The Stephens Green Hotel (dinner on your own)

    This morning you will visit The National Botanic Gardens.

    Founded in 1795, much of the original architecture survives

    on the Great Palm House, Orchid House and Camellia House.

    A fabulous Rose Garden and Alpine Yard are a few of the many

    glorious highlights of this historic landmark of Ireland.

    Farmleigh a garden estate of 78 acres is situated to the Northwest

    of Dublins Phoenix Park.

    This magnificent estate was home to the Guinness family until

    1999 when purchased by the Irish Government. Its great charm

    is in the eclecticism of its interior dcor ranging from Classical

    to Jacobean, Louis XV, Louis XVI and Georgian.

    Saturday, May 3 Mount Usher Gardens in County Wicklow, Robinsonian wild gardens,

    Powerscourt Gardens (lunch at Powerscourt), Dillon Gardens

    Overnight: Athlone Springs Hotel (dinner provided)

    Travel south from Dublin to beautiful County Wicklow to tour

    Mount Usher Gardens. Enjoy this famous Robinsonian wild

    garden planted along the banks of the Vartry River.

    From one beauty to the next Powerscourt Gardens, one of

    Irelands finest examples of the grand estates of the Anglo-Irish

    ascendancy. Elaborate Italian garden of terraces, grand steps

    and statuary, a walled garden containing the longest herbaceous

    border in Ireland, a Japanese garden, lakes, fountains and so

    much more!

    Dillon Garden is one of the finest private gardens in Ireland. It is

    a true inspiration. Almost acre walled city garden containing

    an impressive array of exotic plants brilliantly combined with

    familiar old favorites.

    Sunday, May 4Morning: Birr Castle, Rosse (lunch at Rosse)

    Afternoon: Muckross House and Gardens, The Lakes of Killarney

    Overnight: Lock Lein Country HouseKillarney (dinner provided)

    A special treat today Birr Castle and luncheon with Lord and

    Lady Rosse!

    This palatial estate, set on the outskirts of the historic market

    town, is the home of the Earls of Rosse. It has one of the finest

    gardens in Europe and was mostly developed by Anne, Countess

    of Rosse who was brought up at Nymans, the beautiful house

    and garden in England. The present Lord Rosse still sponsors

    plant collecting trips to distant and remote corners of the world.

    The Demesne has become world famous for its exotic tree and

    plant collections, rivers and lakes, formal gardens, terraces

    and wildflower meadows exuding an atmosphere of intimacy

    as well as grandeur. The gardens extend across 120 acres of a

    17th Century Park whose sweeping open spaces are adorned

    by an outstanding collection of 2,000 species of rare trees and

    shrubs including the tallest box hedges in the world. The rich

    array of plants including magnolias, camellias, rhododendron

    and azaleas gives year round interest. A prominent feature in

    the center of the Park is the Great Telescope built in 1845; the

    largest in the world for over 70 years it can now be seen operating

    throughout the day.

    9 DAYITINERARY SUMMARY

    May 1 10th, 2014

    Thursday, May 1Arrive in Dublin, Meet & Greet and transfer to your hotel

    Afternoon: Trinity College, The Book of Kells,

    St. Patricks Cathedral

    Overnight: The Stephens Green Hotel, Pub Dinner

    Dublins official date of establishment was in 988 A.D.

    Although evidence of its existence dates back to the second

    century in which it was named Eblana. Norman Vikings

    were the first settlers of the city. This afternoon you will

    visit highlights of this ancient and vibrant city. St. Patricks

    Cathedral began as a wooden church in use from the 5th

    Century to about 1191. The present building, the largest

    church in Ireland was built between 1191 and 1270. Major

    rebuilding took place in the 1870s.

    The Book of Kells is a must see when in Dublin! It is a

    stunningly beautiful manuscript containing the Four

    Gospels. The origin is said to be from a monastery on the Isle

    of Iona, Scotland, to honor Saint Columba in the early 8th

    Century. The Book of Kells is Irelands most precious medieval

    artifact, and is generally considered the finest surviving

    illuminated manuscript.

    Dear Garden Friends:

    We would like to invite you to join us on Myriad Gardens

    Foundations first abroad garden tour on a trip to Ireland,

    May 1-10, 2014, to see and experience many of its most

    beautiful and enchanting gardens, historic cultural

    attractions and stunning natural landscapes.

    We am excited to share the enclosed itinerary with you.

    Myriad Gardens Foundation Community Board Member

    and professional garden expert, Linda Horn, and I will

    be your hosts for the trip and we are working with Valerie

    Wilson Travel Agency, a trusted travel company for

    discriminating travelers to ensure the entire experience

    exceeds your expectations.

    If youve traveled to Ireland before, you are sure to have

    some new experiences on this trip. In addition to touring

    famed gardens and cultural sites, we will also travel to see

    off-the-beaten-garden-path gardens that are a plant and

    garden lovers delight.

    Lovely gardens by day will be matched by gracious

    accommodations at night, delicious dinners and of course,

    a few fun pub nights! Youll be doing good by having a

    wonderfully good adventure too. A portion of your trip

    fee includes a tax-deductible donation to the Myriad

    Gardens Foundation.

    Thank you and do consider joining us and your fellow

    Oklahoman garden lovers for an exceptional travel

    and garden experience.

    Sincerely,

    Maureen HeffernanExecutive DirectorMyriad Gardens Foundation

    Linda HornDirector of Marketing and Community Relations

    P.S. The deadline to receive trip deposits is February, 1, 2014

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  • Friday, May 2 Morning: The National Botanic Gardens, Farmleigh (lunch enroute)

    Afternoon: Free to shop and explore

    Overnight: The Stephens Green Hotel (dinner on your own)

    This morning you will visit The National Botanic Gardens.

    Founded in 1795, much of the original architecture survives

    on the Great Palm House, Orchid House and Camellia House.

    A fabulous Rose Garden and Alpine Yard are a few of the many

    glorious highlights of this historic landmark of Ireland.

    Farmleigh a garden estate of 78 acres is situated to the Northwest

    of Dublins Phoenix Park.

    This magnificent estate was home to the Guinness family until

    1999 when purchased by the Irish Government. Its great charm

    is in the eclecticism of its interior dcor ranging from Classical

    to Jacobean, Louis XV, Louis XVI and Georgian.

    Saturday, May 3 Mount Usher Gardens in County Wicklow, Robinsonian wild gardens,

    Powerscourt Gardens (lunch at Powerscourt), Dillon Gardens

    Overnight: Athlone Springs Hotel (dinner provided)

    Travel south from Dublin to beautiful County Wicklow to tour

    Mount Usher Gardens. Enjoy this famous Robinsonian wild

    garden planted along the banks of the Vartry River.

    From one beauty to the next Powerscourt Gardens, one of

    Irelands finest examples of the grand estates of the Anglo-Irish

    ascendancy. Elaborate Italian garden of terraces, grand steps

    and statuary, a walled garden containing the longest herbaceous

    border in Ireland, a Japanese garden, lakes, fountains and so

    much more!

    Dillon Garden is one of the finest private gardens in Ireland. It is

    a true inspiration. Almost acre walled city garden containing

    an impressive array of exotic plants brilliantly combined with

    familiar old favorites.

    Sunday, May 4Morning: Birr Castle, Rosse (lunch at Rosse)

    Afternoon: Muckross House and Gardens, The Lakes of Killarney

    Overnight: Lock Lein Country HouseKillarney (dinner provided)

    A special treat today Birr Castle and luncheon with Lord and

    Lady Rosse!

    This palatial estate, set on the outskirts of the historic market

    town, is the home of the Earls of Rosse. It has one of the finest

    gardens in Europe and was mostly developed by Anne, Countess

    of Rosse who was brought up at Nymans, the beautiful house

    and garden in England. The present Lord Rosse still sponsors

    plant collecting trips to distant and remote corners of the world.

    The Demesne has become world famous for its exotic tree and

    plant collections, rivers and lakes, formal gardens, terraces

    and wildflower meadows exuding an atmosphere of intimacy

    as well as grandeur. The gardens extend across 120 acres of a

    17th Century Park whose sweeping open spaces are adorned

    by an outstanding collection of 2,000 species of rare trees and

    shrubs including the tallest box hedges in the world. The rich

    array of plants including magnolias, camellias, rhododendron

    and azaleas gives year round interest. A prominent feature in

    the center of the