Airfield Gardens Dublin
Opened to the public in 1999 Airfield Gardens in Dundrum came to prominence under the leadership of renowned plantsman Jimi Blake. Like any good garden, the gardens at Airfield are never static and have continued to evolve over the decades. Garden & Landscape designers Arabella Lennox Boyd and Dermot Foley played a key role in the redevelopment of the gardens in 2012.
The colour and life you see in our gardens today are the result of the hard work and imagination of our Head Gardener Colm O'Driscoll and his team who have since put their stamp on the gardens as they continue to evolve.
Think generous herbaceous borders, a row of Pleached Malus ‘Everest’ trees that give the garden a sense of enclosed elegance, and centring all of this, a decorative pergola that will be adorned with wisteria and roses over the coming years.
Organic Food Garden
Organically certified this two-acre food garden not only produces a bounty of organic produce for Overends Kitchen and our Weekly Farmers market but also educates visitors about the range of crops that can be grown in the Irish climate.
This garden space was redesigned in 2020 replacing the bee garden and Annual meadow. This mixed herbaceous and shrub border makes the most of the windy dry site by growing plants that tolerant of the harsh conditions. The colour pallet is mixed and provides interest from spring through to winter. A prolonged period of flowering helps attract pollinators to the nearby orchard.
Potting Shed Border
Nestled between the sunken garden and the walled garden is this sheltered space that was redesigned in 2019. Capitalizing on the unique aspect this border is filled with tender and big leafed plants that would not thrive elsewhere on the estate. The wider south facing border follows a hot coloured planting scheme while the dry north facing border focuses on foliage and texture to achieve year round interest.
What better place to be inspired and get ideas for plants and flowers that you can grow at home. The jewel in the crown is the lovingly restored Victorian glasshouse and with the help of our gardener’s know-how, you can revel in what we’re growing or simply take notes and replicate your own.
The Sunken Garden is the entrance point to Airfield and is framed by a waving hornbeam hedge. The garden is themed around the fusion of ornamental and edible plants, ornamental carrots, onions and edible flowers form a decorative tapestry of planting that looks at its best mid spring to early summer.
Grown With Love
The gardens in Airfield are just over six acres in size and composed of diverse spaces ranging from an ornamental walled garden, shade gardens and glasshouse spaces, to an extensive organic certified fruit, vegetable and edible flower garden.
The temperate climate of south Dublin accommodates a large variety of plants to be grown on site which provides year-round interest to any visitor. The gardens are managed organically which helps contribute to a vibrant biodiverse green space.
Fancy a group tour?
We’re happy to organise garden tours for groups of 10 or more of our green-fingered friends. They’re led by our resident horticulturalists who share their best advice, tips and tricks, and talk about how the gardens at Airfield have evolved over the years. If you’ve a specialist garden interest group in mind, then pop us a note and we’ll back in touch as soon as we can.
Join in the daily tour
Specimen Tree TourGet to know a little more about the trees located on the front lawn at Airfield Estate. Meet at entrance to the house.
Organic Food Garden TourMeet at the harvest sign at the top of the food garden. By the grapevines
Upcoming dates for the diary
Heritage Week Show & Tell
Once in a lifetime opportunity to see first-hand the engineering and craftsmanship under the bonnet of Letitia Overend’s 1927 Rolls-Royce 20 Tourer.Book Now...
Young Gardener Workshop
A hands-on course for budding young gardeners aged 8-12 to go behind the scenes of Airfield Gardens and even plant their own pots to bring home!Book Now...
Latest Garden News
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Helping the natural world to thrive in modern farming can have great results. At Airfield, pollinator programmes and seed saving are two methods that bring even greater harmony to food production and increase biodiversity.MORE
With sustainability at our core, Airfield Estate, has committed to ambitious plans to significantly lower its carbon footprint by 25% by the end of 2021.MORE
In 2016 the food gardens in Airfield entered organic certification while the rest of the garden areas in the estate have been managed organically and regeneratively since 2018.MORE
This month's cuppa with features Colm O'Driscoll, Head Gardener at Airfield Estate.MORE
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Our simple guide to raising plants from seed in a cost-effective and straightforward way to fill your garden with fruit, veg, and flowers.MORE
We are inviting refugees who have arrived in Ireland from Ukraine to visit Airfield Estate free of charge on upcoming days of note in Ukraine.MORE
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Looking to live a more sustainable lifestyle in Ireland? Discover how Airfield Estate is investing in the planet every day and not just on Earth Day.MORE
With the risk of frost mostly passed and the weather settling down, many plants can be sown outdoors in the Irish garden. Starting seeds indoors for planting out later in the month is still an option to protect young plants from hungry slugs and snails.MORE
A third of the world’s food production depends on pollinators like bees. Many important food crops just wouldn’t grow without them. Wild and ornamental plants depend on them too, as do the huge amount of animals that feed on the fruit and seeds of those plants.MORE
June is a great time for seed sowing. Warm air and soil give young plants a great start, as long as you give them adequate water. Many plants sown now will crop or bloom in only a few weeks!MORE
July is an excellent month for sowing. With the warm weather and long days, many seeds can now be sown directly where they will mature. Starting seeds indoors is still an option if you want to protect young plants from pests.MORE