Out and About in Laois: Heywood Gardens Video
Colonel William Hutchinson Poe commissioned the leading architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens, to plan the gardens at Heywood. Known locally as ‘The Italian Gardens,’ they are the only example of Lutyens’ work outside of Dublin. The gardens were completed in 1912 at a cost of £250,000. They consist of formal gardens, lakes, woodland and architectural features, such as gothic gates and artificial ruins, embellished with vandalised medieval pieces such as the window taken from Aghaboe Abbey.
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