Andrea Jones On The Road – Altamont Gardens In Ireland

– Posted in: Garden Photography, Garden Travels

We’re delighted that Andrea Jones, who was the judge for February’s Picture This contest and considered one of the top landscape photographers in the UK, has returned to GGW with ‘off piste’ photos (those not used) of Altamont Gardens that she took while on location. Although British by birth, Andrea resides in Scotland. She is constantly on the move, photographing both public and private spaces. Like our own GGW Contributor Noel Kingsbury, she is a prolific artist….and humble. When I opened my April issue of Gardens Illustrated this morning, 2 of the articles were photographed by Andrea. Keep your eyes open for more of her weblogs in the coming months…. Fran Sorin

I promised a preview of my pictures of Altamont Gardens, known as the most romantic garden in Ireland.

Male Peacock displays in front of Altamont House
I arrived in the early hours thinking the Irish mist would lift but instead this dense fog hung over the gardens until about 2pm. I was alone for most of the time (and freezing) but it was the most magical experience.

Stone urn and plinth surrounded by Hydrangea seedheads on lakes edge 

The people there are enchanting and devoted to their gardens nonetheless.

Sculpted yew arches on The Broad Walk

A couple of them, including Snowdrop enthusiast Paul Cutler, remember the garden’s real inspiration, Corona North.

Overhanging tree by the lake

Fran Sorin

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Lisa at Greenbow April 9, 2011, 6:21 am

You have captured the misty mystique of Ireland in these photos.

Cathy April 9, 2011, 7:37 am

Simply exquisite – Ireland exactly as I’ve imagined. Your photographs make me want to pack my bags and head to Ireland.

Pippa April 9, 2011, 8:58 am

What a lovely set of photos.
But it does look like it must have been cold.

Thank you for sharing these. x

Byddi Lee - We didn't come here for the grass... April 9, 2011, 1:47 pm

Very beautiful photos. I do love the mist in Ireland despite the cold. Mind you it is also the reason I moved to a sunnier climate!

carolyn mullet April 10, 2011, 7:50 am

Simply lovely!

Valerie April 10, 2011, 1:32 pm

Beautiul photos. V

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