St Fiachra's Garden, Kildare
St Fiachra is the patron saint of gardeners. A descendent of the high kings of Ireland, he died in France in 670ad.
The garden, in the National Stud grounds, was designed by Professor Martin Hallinan, award-winning designer of the Irish Garden in Osaka.
A Waterford Crystal sculpture in the floor of the hermitage reflects the rocks, ferns and other natural elements of the surrounding garden.
Water, trees and rocks are the basic natural elements within which the garden was created.
St Fiachra's commemorative garden was officially opened by the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, in June 1999. The centre of the garden is dominated by a penninsular of fissured limestone (above) on which a stone monk's hermitage has been built. The Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens is one of the top 20 visitor attractions in Ireland. A KildareNet News photofeature by Brian Byrne. ©1999 Telling Tales Ltd