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Restoration of the Walled Garden
Wells House & Gardens
Acting as a living window to the past, our restoration of the Victorian Productive Gardens stands as a working memorial to past Gardeners.
Intensively cultivated throughout the year, these gardens once met almost all the needs of the Doyne family and their guests from the 1600’s to 1965. In 1965 the Rosler’s continued the production of Fruit and vegetables for the estate and Dublin markets. Today, varieties of mostly heritage fruit, vegetable, salad and herbs are grown to supply Visitors to our Cottages with fresh, seasonal produce throughout the year. We also supply seasonal vegetables and fruit to order to Refillery in Gorey ( contact Refillery to order )
Today’s Productive Gardening Team led by Head Gardener Claire Hayes reflect the organic food production principles and biodynamic planting of the Rosler family. These labourintensive gardening methods, which start with nurture of the soil, continue to hold great relevance and interest to anyone with a passion for ‘growing their own’.
As organic food production involves restrictions on the use of pesticides, herbicides and artificial fertilisers, we are continually working on new techniques to control weeds and pests, and to enhance soil fertility.
We also create our own organic compost here at Wells. This is done by regularly turning organic matter which helps to aerate it. The natural bacteria in the soil thrive in the heat of the compost and break it down. When compost reaches the humus stage, it is once again a living thing full of bacteria, fungi and insects.
This ensures the biodiversity that is essential to the health of the soil and, in turn, the plants and crops by giving them a greater resistance to disease.
Making our own compost is an integral part of ensuring that our soil continues to have the fertility and biodiversity that is so essential not just for plant health, but also for the health of the animals and human beings that eat those plants.
Our core philosophy at Wells House and Gardens is sustainable food production. Our beautiful walled in Gardens are our greatest asset and we make every effort, not only to minimise our impact on the environment, but also to enhance it where we can.
Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do and are trying to achieve here
The walled in gardens comprise of 3 separate gardens. Crops that thrive happily in Ireland are grown here.
These Productive Gardens serve two main purposes:
Production Garden in 1st Garden
This garden is divided into symmetrical plots which reflect the Victorian style of kitchen gardening, this allows for the rotation of crops to lessen the build up of soil borne pest and diseases. Each plot is hoed weekly to reduce the build up of weeds and competition to the crop seedlings. Thew crops are fed with seed weed and our own liquid fertilisers made from nettle & comfrey.
Delicious organically grown vegetables and soft fruit are produced here and can be purchased by our visitors. These crops change with the season, so it’s always interesting to see what’s new. At various times of the year, you will see Potatoes, Rhubarb, Kale, Leeks, Globe Artichokes, Turnips, Parsnips, Celeriac, Salad Crops, Strawberries, Raspberries, Currants and more.
Fruit trees in the 2nd Garden
These fruit trees were planted by Gerhard Rosler in the 1960’s and were used for cooking, baking and Juices.
These crops are available from mid-summer till October.
Breeding Birds at Wells House and Gardens An independent survey of breeding birds at Wells House and Gardens will be carried out by Mark Stanley, Wexford Barn Owl Project. We are looking forward to the results and will publish them here.
Wells House & Gardens are now taking bookings for our exciting 2021 School Tours Packages.
School Tours 2021
We are currently developing beautiful new walks through the Magic Woods of Wells House & Gardens, which children and teachers can enjoy on their visit. Our Adventure Playground is perfect for letting the kids work off some energy before getting back on the bus. All our packages offer free playtime for all.
This International Dawn Chorus Day, we invite you to experience our own magical ‘Dawn Chorus’ with exclusive early morning access to Well House & Gardens and Woodland Walks.
Dawn Chorus Morning
Welcome the new day, lose yourself in Spring’s joyful morning song and enjoy the beautiful Sunrise at 05.51am, listening to a backdrop of birdsong whilst watching the day awaken in the enchanting gardens and woodlands, which is sure to boost your wellbeing and leave you feeling relaxed and ready for the day ahead.
Relax, unwind and enjoy your retirement with the help of Wells House & Gardens.
Spend an afternoon in the dining room of the house itself and then take a step back in time with a guided house tour, bringing you back to a time when the magnificent ground floor and bedrooms witnessed the stories of Cromwell, Rebellions and the Famine.