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A garden like a lost world!

Tree ferns in Kerry, Ireland

Walking round the garden at Glashnacree is the most amazing experience.

This part of Ireland has a very mild and wet climate which means that a whole range of plants flourish here including a spectacular number of Dicksonia antarctica - which have grown by spore and flourished in great numbers.

The mild Atlantic coast of Ireland is perhaps the only place in the British Isles where tree ferns have established themselves and are now reproducing.  Given the size of some of the ferns they have clearly been doing this for many years.

The tree ferns are not the only exotics thriving.  There are great stands of Gunnera manicata everywhere.  When these are in leaf in the summer they must be quite spectacular.


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