On Saturday the 9th of June, the day before the main Buds & Blossoms event, a select few local gardens will open their doors and give guided tours. These gardens are part of the Laois Garden Trail and are open by appointment during the Summer months.
Please note: Tours are by appointment only, please see contact details for each garden below.

Fruitlawn Garden Abbeyleix 


Abbeyleix, Co. Laois

A unique opportunity to be given a guided tour around Fruitlawn Garden outside Abbeyleix with its creator and designer, Arthur Shackleton, one of Ireland’s leading garden designers. This garden will appeal to all gardeners with its strong design and remarkable, eclectic collection of plants

There is also a Sales area full of exciting and unusual plants.

Tour times to be agreed, please contact the garden for further information.

Contact Details
Arthur Shackleton
Fruitlawn, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois
Tel: +353 (0)57 873 0146

Gash Gardens Castletown


Castletown, Co. Laois

An amazing oasis packed with interesting and unusual plants to lure and inspire both the keen plants person and the garden novice. Colourful herbaceous borders, a large rock garden and a well established collection of trees, shrubs, rhododendrons and deliciously perfumed old style roses. Enjoy the soothing ambience of still ponds and meandering streams. Whether you are a keen gardener, an armchair gardener or a visitor looking for an enjoyable day out, then Gash Gardens is for you.

Tour times to be agreed, please contact the garden for further information.

Contact Details
Mary Keenan & Ross Doyle
Gash, Castletown, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Tel: +353 (0)87 272 8337 / +353 (0)57 873 2247



Spink Community Grounds is situated 5km east of Abbeyleix on the R430 road to Carlow. Travel time from a selection of locations:

Portlaoise – 15 minutes
Carlow – 25 minutes
Kilkenny – 35 minutes
Dublin – 70 minutes
Tullamore – 50 minutes
Newbridge – 40 minutes
Thurles – 40 minutes
Limerick – 75 minutes
Waterford – 75 minutes
Cork – 95 minutes



Adults €10
Students €5
Under 12s go free

Group Bookings Available with a discount for groups of 10 and more.

Tickets on Gate

In Association with

Laois Partnership Company