The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit Powerscourt Estate
Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall yesterday paid a visit to Powerscourt Gardens in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow.
They were greeted by Managing Director Sarah Slazenger, Head Gardener Alex Slazenger and Lord Powerscourt Anthony Wingfield. The two admired the breath-taking views of the Italian Gardens and the Sugarloaf Mountain. They then met guests at a reception next to Powerscourt House.
To mark the occasion, The Prince planted a Giant Redwood tree. By doing so, he followed in the footsteps of luminaries such as Princess Grace of Monaco, Jackie Onassis and Buzz Aldrin. All of whom have planted trees in the Gardens.
In a statement, Slazenger said of the occasion: “It was truly a great honour to host The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. Just as His Royal Highness has devoted much energy to transforming the gardens at Highgrove, my team and I have dedicated ourselves to developing one of most inspiring and magical gardens and estates in the world.”
“We enjoy the shared interests of gardens, sustainability and protecting the environment and planet for future generations. From the natural landscape of Ireland’s highest Waterfall to the Cool Planet Visitor Experience, there are a multitude of places for our visitors to experience a sense of peace and tranquillity. This is what makes Powerscourt such a special place to visit.”
Annually, more than a million Irish and overseas visitors visit Powerscourt Estate – which dates from 1302. Managed now by Head Gardener Alex Slazenger, Powerscourt Gardens include The Walled Gardens, The Italian Garden, The Dolphin Pond, The Japanese Gardens, Pets Cemetery and Pepperpot Tower, among other features and attractions.