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Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens

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Address: Pond Road, Tramore, Ireland
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens reflect the life and extensive...

The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens reflect the life and extensive wanderings of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, who grew up in Ireland, and whose life journey embraced several parts of the world. The gardens pay homage to the fame he attained in Japan through his incomparable literary descriptions of the people, customs and culture of that country. The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens have a wonderful and unique story to tell. In their style and planting they contain elements of the gardening traditions of the countries and cultures traversed by Hearn during his varied life. The journey begins in a Victorian Garden to commemorate Hearn's happy childhood summers in Tramore. There is an American Garden, a Greek Garden and a traditional Japanese Tea Garden, in addition to a Stream Garden, ponds, a waterfall and an extensive woodland area. The main elements of design, in particular the use of rocks and water and the plant selection, are influenced by the tradition of a Japanese Strolling Garden.

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Japanese heritage in Co. Waterford

I can't believe we don't learn more about figures such as Lafcadio Heard in the irish education system. This was an enlightening visit from a historical and cultural viewpoint... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 September 2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015 via mobile

I can't believe we don't learn more about figures such as Lafcadio Heard in the irish education system. This was an enlightening visit from a historical and cultural viewpoint. The gardens are young but in years to come will develop into a real attraction especially to Japanese tourists who know of Lafcadio. The guide us knowledgeable and it is worth... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2015

Well known in Japan , a boyhood in Tramore , and a young adult life in America are the ingredients for this tribute to a remarkable man. Only opened in July 2015 this garden is only young, being a year in the making. But the elements are there to for a garden of greatness on reaching plant maturity. An Exquisite... More 

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