March 29th 2019 - Edwin Lutyens' 150th Birthday

Twin Trees Heywood Festival Ballinakill 2019

Ballinakill Community Development Committee will host its inaugural ‘Twin Trees’ festival this year with a strong focus on the ‘En Plein Air’ outdoor painting event, tutored by established artists Jock Nichol and Bridget Flannery. The festival is inspired by the 150th anniversary of Sir Edwin Lutyens, the celebrated architect who created the exquisite formal garden at Heywood Gardens.  The festival will take place during Heritage Week 2019, on August 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th. On Saturday we are delighted to welcome some direct descendants of Sir Edwin Lutyens and representatives of the Lutyens Trust to give garden tours and presentations on the history of the house and gardens and on the unique style of Sir Edwin’s architecture. We will also host a talk by Dr Matthew Jebb the renowned Irish botanist  and Director of the National Botanic Gardens. Saturday 24th promises to be a great celebration with numerous events including a musical evening hosted on the spectacular lawn at Heywood Gardens. There will be a range of interesting activities and events during the festival  that promises to be a little different from the usual to delight all ages.

Festival Events
Lutyens Talk
Heywood Garden Tours
Heywood Gardens Tours

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Top Festival Attractions

En Plein Air Painting

Our Three Day En Plein Air, Outdoor Painting event takes place during Heritage Week 2019, on August 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, with tutors Bridget Flannery and Jock Nichol.

Floral Artistry

Floral Artisrty in The All Saints Church with expert Eva Holmes. Day 1: Friday 23rd August - Florists Prepare. Day 2: Saturday 24th- Display. Day 3: Sunday - Display and disassemble

Garden Party

A Garden Party set in the amazing surroundings of beautiful Heywood Gardens!

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Explore our beautiful Looped Walks

Discover Ballinakill's Lakes

Around Heywood

Edwin Lutyens Heywood Gardens, Ballinakill
Edwin Lutyens
Lutyens Birthday
Born March 29th
Died January 1st
Heywood gardens Completed

What our visitors say

The formal Gardens form the centre-piece of the property and were designed by the famous architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) and probably landscaped by Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932). It is one of four Gardens in this country designed by him, the others being in the War Memorial Park, Lambay Island and Howth Castle.

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Midlands & East Coast

Heywood is a little off the beaten track but well worth the detour. The demesne is a lovely place for a quiet walk and the garden designed by Lutyens is an absolute gem. From the terraces there is a wonderful panorama over the countryside towards the Slieve Bloom Mountains which alone would nearly justify a visit.

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The whole is surrounded by a walk with ox eye windows, looking out over a panorama of seven counties, and approached by an alley of pleached limes. The other elements of the design are a cloister like terrace overlooking a chain of lakes, and a secret sundial garden hidden away by ramparts of yew.

Best time of year to visit: May, June, July, August

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Three Day En Plein Air (Outdoor Painting)

With two exceptional and experienced landscape painters, Bridget Flannery and Jock Nichol.
60/3 Days
  • Day One Heywood Gardens
  • Day Two The Woodlands
  • Day Three The Village

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Heywood Gardens

Heywood Gardens were completed in 1912, and consist 50 acres of gardens, lakes, woodland and architectural features. The gardens have a spectacular setting on a hillside looking south-east over a sweep of undulating country which takes in seven counties. A walk lined with lime trees leads to a formal terrace overlooking the surrounding countryside.

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