About the Gardens

How the garden got it’s name 

Snezana and I could never agree on a name for the garden over the years  as it took shape  . At various times I suggested  Willow Farm ..Olive Farm … Oakwood House … all equally pretentious .. moi pretentious ? She never suggested a name of her own just kept vetoing my suggestions so we decided not to have a name . However after Mildred Stokes asked me to consider opening the garden to the public as part of the Tipperary Garden Trail in January 2011 I was contacted by Garden,ie who asked to list the garden in their guide . Filling out the details for Garden .ie on the internet I entered the names of the owners as Michael O’Riordan and Snezana Petrovska – O’Riordan but left the garden name section blank  and heard no more until back comes the listing as .. you’ve guessed it .. Petrovska Garden !

I could have edited the entry but decided that the computer knew something I didn’t  know  and had to acknowledge that she always supported the money going into the garden , tolerated listening to me prattling on about gardening all these years , japonica this japonica that  without complaint …. so Petrovska Garden it is ….. she has earned it !

Sometimes though when on my own in the quietest part of the lower wood I have been known to sob quietly …. like Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront … I coudda been a contender … it shoudda been  me !!

Description of Garden

An interesting woodland garden set out over seven acres with mountain streams comprising a series of contrasting areas connected by gravel and wooden walkways.

Suitable and accessible to all ages but children need to be supervised.

Location: From the Coleville Road take the right hand turn just past the Minella Hotel then next left down the Old Spa Road. The Garden is approx. half a mile on the left, red brick house with dormer windows, mature trees behind a low natural stone wall.

Open: Festival Weekend Sat/Sun 11am – 6pm. Other times by appointment.

Admission: €5. Proceeds to Clonmel Lions Club.

5 Responses to About the Gardens

Geir & Nicole says: November 25, 2013 at 8:56 am

Hi Eamonn .. Wow, what fantastic photographs. We have spare rooms and can arrange full bed and board, so just let us know when you’re heading our way to landscape our garden!

Maureen Ahern says: April 15, 2014 at 10:22 pm

A quiet reflective piece of Paradise. Beautifully developed and fully in tune with what is natural in this setting, and obviously loved by all forms of wild life. The song of the birds is delightful during a stroll through the many fascinating walks and seating areas. What a wonderful legacy to leave to posterity. Well done! May you both enjoy many years of gardening and serenity in your beautiful haven. Maureen.

Mary Agnes Fitzgerald says: June 25, 2016 at 1:58 pm

Enjoyed a fascinating open day visit to Petrovska Gardens.A hidden gem in our locality.Many thanks to Michael for his patience and hospitality.

Shay Hurley says: June 27, 2016 at 9:46 am

What a gem nestling by the banks of the Suir,enjoyed beyond words my first ‘accidental visit’ to the garden yesterday,Sunday and look forward to bringing my Italian visitors,Saturday 2nd of July if that is possible?There are 12 in the party,10 students,2 adults.
Thanks Michael .
Shay Hurley


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