Delta Sensory Gardens

Delta Sensory Gardens have been voted the best place to visit in Carlow by Trip Advisor several years running. And described as “An Oasis of Peace and Tranquility”.

These gardens are unique for many reasons. And have so much to offer the visitor during all the seasons of year.

Delta Centre was established in 1990 as a centre for adults with intellectual disabilities. And the centre is currently the main employer in the town of Carlow for about 120 people with disability. Delta Sensory Gardens were officially opened in 2007 and were the first of its kind in Ireland, combining the attractiveness of a tourist facility with therapeutic benefits for disabled people.

Covering an area of ​​2.5 acres, Delta Sensory Gardens is one of the main attractions in Carlow County. They consist of 16 interconnected multi sensory gardens which you can walk through.

The individual parts were designed by leading Irish garden designers, among others such as Gordon Ledbetter, Mary Reynolds, Rachel Doyle, Paul Martin, and Elma Fenton. They designed themed gardens using natural elements such as stone, water and various plants. Including: Thistle Fountain, Circle of Life Garden, Memorial Garden, Five Senses Garden, Stolen Child Garden, Roof Garden, Formal Rose Garden, Mediterranean Garden, Willow Garden, Sculpture Garden, Games Garden, Peace Garden, Woodland Garden, Iris O`Brien Health and Wellness Garden, The Pavilion, The Waterfalls, Patio Garden.

Each of the gardens gives visitors a great opportunity to relax and provides sensations for all the senses, you can not only enjoy the view of beautiful, often very rare plants, but also touch, smell, taste …

There is also a part of the Garden Center Shop where you can buy lots of different seedlings and plants.

Garden Centre Shop

Delta Sensory Gardens – Garden Centre Shop
Delta Sensory Gardens – Garden Centre Shop

Delta Sensory Gardens are located at Strawhall Estate, one and a half kilometers from the centre of Carlow town and can be visited from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00, the cost of the ticket is 6 euro.

Location of Delta Sensory Gardens:

Delta Sensory Gardens – entrance
Delta Sensory Gardens – entrance
Delta Sensory Gardens – dashboard

Thistle Fountain

Right at the entrance there is a very original and amazing water feature “Thistle Fountain”. After purchasing the ticket you can enjoy the view of this gushing fountain. Water spurting out of the 127 nozzles powered by a large pump forms a perfect thistle.

Delta Sensory Gardens – Thistle Fountain
Delta Sensory Gardens – Thistle Fountain
Delta Sensory Gardens – Thistle Fountain
Delta Sensory Gardens – The Waterfalls

Circle of Life Garden

“Circle of Life” is a garden created by the award-winning gardening gold medalist Elme Fenton. That garden encourages meetings, conversations and rest in the title circle. There is a sculpture “Dancing rods” made of hand blown glass.

Delta Sensory Gardens – Circle of Life Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Circle of Life Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Circle of Life Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Circle of Life Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Circle of Life Garden
smDelta Sensory Gardens – Circle of Life Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Circle of Life Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Circle of Life Garden

Memorial Garden

This garden is surrounded and sheltered by a living wall of bamboo and commemorates 1916/2016. A simple layout with a distinctive limestone carving displaying the signatures of the 1916 proclamation. There are seven trees planted in memory of the martyrs.

Delta Sensory Gardens – Memorial Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Memorial Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Memorial Garden

Five Senses Garden

One of the most beautiful and extraordinary parts of Delta Sensory Gardens is in my opinion the “Garden of the Five Senses”. That garden was designed by Rachel Doyle from the Arboretum Garden Centre. The wooden bridge is the entrance to the garden from two sides. There are a lot of vegetables, fruits and herbs and they are available for visitors to try. However, the most stunning feature of this garden is Kugal – one ton of pink marble floating on a water cushion (the largest of its kind in Ireland).

Delta Sensory Gardens – Five Senses Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Five Senses Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Five Senses Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Five Senses Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Five Senses Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Five Senses Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Five Senses Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Five Senses Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Five Senses Garden

Roof Garden

Visible from a distance, distinctive and original part of Delta Sensory Gardens is “Roof Garden”.

Delta Sensory Gardens – Roof Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Roof Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Roof Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Roof Garden

Patio Garden

“Patio Garden” is decorative courtyard, decorated with plants, modern sculptures and a fountain. There is also a “hotel for insects”.

Delta Sensory Gardens – Patio Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Patio Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Patio Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Patio Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Patio Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Patio Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Patio Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – an alley between the gardens
Delta Sensory Gardens – an alley between the gardens

Stolen Child Garden

The “Stolen Child” garden inspired by the poem by W.B. Yates is a wild, magical and full of otherness place. This garden is an example of a new approach to gardening, full of lush shrubs, or rather “ordinary” weeds, wild plants but composed so that they give the impression of subtle and even beautiful plants. In this garden you can also see a unique sculpture of a sleeping monk.

Delta Sensory Gardens – Stolen Child Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Stolen Child Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Stolen Child Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Stolen Child Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Stolen Child Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Stolen Child Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Stolen Child Garden

Formal Rose Garden

“Rose Garden” is a type of garden that is always a great attraction throughout the flowering season. In the middle of the garden is a ring – an amazing function of water, a circle that rotates and water flows inside. On the inside of the ring is a solar calendar.

Delta Sensory Gardens – Formal Rose Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Formal Rose Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Formal Rose Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Formal Rose Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Formal Rose Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Formal Rose Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Formal Rose Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Formal Rose Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Formal Rose Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Formal Rose Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Formal Rose Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Formal Rose Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Formal Rose Garden

Mediterranean Garden

The paving here represents a large dramatic Sun, an arrangement of large and small terracotta containers planted with an amazing selection of exotic plants. At the end of the garden, you will find a wall water feature mounted in limestone, the water flows from the stainless steel spouts and disappears into a cobbled trough.

Delta Sensory Gardens – Mediterranean Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Mediterranean Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Mediterranean Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Mediterranean Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Mediterranean Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Mediterranean Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Mediterranean Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Mediterranean Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Mediterranean Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Mediterranean Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Mediterranean Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Mediterranean Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Mediterranean Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Mediterranean Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Mediterranean Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Mediterranean Garden

Willow Garden

“Willow Garden” is very romantic garden, ideal for taking wedding photos in it. Here you will find garden furniture that is fun, growing and has a rustic feel. A collection of arches and pergola and seating fit for a King and Queen.

Delta Sensory Gardens – Willow Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Willow Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Willow Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Willow Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Willow Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Willow Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Willow Garden

Sculpture Garden

“Garden of Sculptures”, abstract sculptures are really impressive, you can let your imagination run wild by thinking about their meaning. And this was probably the idea of their creators, because the very entrance to this part of the garden is dominated by two limestone sculptures whose organic shapes resemble Ying and Yang.

Delta Sensory Gardens – Sculpture Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Sculpture Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Sculpture Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Sculpture Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Sculpture Garden

Games Garden

Giant draughts board or a chessboard and tables carved from Carlow limestone provide areas for playing giant Jenga and Noughts & Crosses. The garden also incorporates a lawn area for playing Boules and Croquet, a summer house and picnic tables.

Delta Sensory Gardens – Games Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Games Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Games Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Games Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Games Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Games Garden

Peace Garden

“Oasis of peace” – it is a beautiful and magical garden, with a gold and silver sphere in the centre and an owl motif.

Delta Sensory Gardens – Peace Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Peace Garden
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Delta Sensory Gardens – Peace Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Peace Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Peace Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Peace Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Peace Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Peace Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Peace Garden

Woodland Garden

This is a garden planted with a mix of large broadleaf trees and under planted with shrubs, ferns and hellebores. This is a quiet contemplative place. This garden was designed by Gordon Lebetter.

Delta Sensory Gardens – Woodland Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Woodland Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Woodland Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Woodland Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Woodland Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Woodland Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Woodland Garden

Iris O`Brien Health and Wellness Garden

Designer Paul Martin has created a unique, very original and amazing garden.

Delta Sensory Gardens – Iris O`Brien Health and Wellness Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Iris O`Brien Health and Wellness Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Iris O`Brien Health and Wellness Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Iris O`Brien Health and Wellness Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Iris O`Brien Health and Wellness Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Iris O`Brien Health and Wellness Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Iris O`Brien Health and Wellness Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Iris O`Brien Health and Wellness Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Iris O`Brien Health and Wellness Garden
Delta Sensory Gardens – Iris O`Brien Health and Wellness Garden

The Pavilion

A pavilion for shelter during our inclement Irish summers. It is also a home for features during the many special events in the gardens. This area is very popular haven for own disability group just to sit and soak up sights and sounds.

Delta Sensory Gardens – The Pavilion
Delta Sensory Gardens – The Pavilion
Delta Sensory Gardens – The Pavilion
Delta Sensory Gardens – The Pavilion
Delta Sensory Gardens – The Pavilion

The Waterfalls

“The Waterfall” is another amazing garden that consists of a pond with live fish, a bridge and a waterfall. This is the first waterfall in Carlow that is completely accessible to tourists, you can go and dip your hands in the water, and go around the waterfall. This garden was designed by Gordon Lebetter.

Delta Sensory Gardens – The Waterfalls
Delta Sensory Gardens – The Waterfalls
Delta Sensory Gardens – The Waterfalls
Delta Sensory Gardens – The Waterfalls
Delta Sensory Gardens – The Waterfalls
Delta Sensory Gardens – The Waterfalls
Delta Sensory Gardens – The Waterfalls
Delta Sensory Gardens – The Waterfalls
Delta Sensory Gardens – The Waterfalls
Delta Sensory Gardens – The Waterfalls
Delta Sensory Gardens – The Waterfalls
Delta Sensory Gardens – The Waterfalls
Delta Sensory Gardens – The Waterfalls
Delta Sensory Gardens – The Waterfalls
Delta Sensory Gardens – The Waterfalls
Delta Sensory Gardens – The Waterfalls
Delta Sensory Gardens – The Waterfalls

Delta Sensory Gardens are beautiful gardens full of surprises. It is worth visiting them again and again. The perfect place to relax.

After the tour, you can go to the restaurant – Delta Centre Cafe, eat something, drink or buy products manufactured by Delta Centre.

And which part of the gardens did you like the most?

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