Patthana is an award winning village garden and is home to T.J. Maher and Simon Kirby, in Kiltegan, County Wicklow. The garden comprises of a lower cobbled courtyard with its Potting shed and a sunken meditation room leading to the main courtyard with a small wildlife pond. Both these areas house an extensive collection
of plants from the hardy to the tender and exotic. Circular granite steps lead to the upper terrace garden with its borders of herbaceous perennials, annuals and unusual shrubs and trees such as Euonymus Planipes and Cercidiphyllum Japonicum ‘Heronswood Globe’. Patthana is gardened organically with many plants chosen for their attraction to wildlife. In 2020, the garden was expanded following the purchase of adjoining land and a new exciting garden is currently under development and will be opened in 2021.
The Story of Patthana Garden, County Wicklow
“Situated in Kiltegan village, Patthana is one of the best small secret gardens in the country. It is the garden of an artist, the painter T.J. Maher, and it shows. Standing outside the old granite house, one gets no indication at all of the magical courtyard garden that lies behind the wooden gates. There are so many distractions here. Each time one looks in a certain direction something unnoticed only a little while before becomes apparent. Patthana is a garden I wish I had created.” - The 100 Best Gardens in Ireland by Shirley Lanigan (2011)
Patthana Garden, Wicklow has been developed over 20 years after the owners T.J. Maher and Simon Kirby bought the property. The garden was neglected and other than the boundary hedgerow it was a blank canvas for the artist T.J. Maher to explore his gardening creativity.
Creating a sustainable, organic and wildlife garden was a fundamental ethos of the garden and one of the first additions to the garden was the wildlife pond......
Things to Do at Patthana Garden, County Wicklow
OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
Garden in Wicklow
The garden is open to the general public from noon to 5 pm every Sunday from the 1st Sunday of May until the 1st Sunday of October. On the 1st Sunday of every month at 2 pm T.J. will give a Garden talk on various seasonal topics - No appointments are necessary for the talk and this is included in the entry fee.
Patthana Garden is also open to groups by appointment during the garden season, minimum 5 person. T.J. will provide a private tour of the garden and groups can avail of tea, coffee and homemade desserts or lunch served on vintage china in the Dining room.
PATTHANA GARDEN COURSE
Garden Course in Wicklow
On this inspirational nine month course running March to November (consisting of one 4 hour class per month), you will join artist and creator of Patthana Garden T.J. Maher to learn about topics such as how to use colour creatively in the garden, selecting plants for maximum interest and impact, propagation techniques, garden design, creating borders and fabulous pot displays, attracting wildlife, choosing the right plant for the right place, among numerous other topics. The Patthana Garden Course offers a unique opportunity to witness Patthana Garden as it changes through the year.
If you have any questions on our Course, would like to arrange for your group to see the garden by private appointment or would like to have T.J. to give a presentation to your garden or horticultural group
please feel free to CONTACT ME.