The Kildare countryside provides a stunning backdrop for the gardens at The K Club. The trees across the resort have long been a feature of the landscape, with the name Kildare being derived from Gaelic; Cill meaning ‘Church’ and Dair meaning ‘Oak’. The formal gardens were originally created by the Barton’s in the 19th Century and feature many unusual species of trees; all of which you can discover using the resort guided map.
The selection of trees across the resort include Lawson Cypress and a Tulip tree, as well as Elm, Pedunculate or Common Oak and White Willow. Several of the specimen trees on the resort are either county or Irish champions for either their height or girth.Shrubs and flowers grow in abundance along the walkway, including the Straffan Snowdrop, a white spring flowering bulb unique to the estate and discovered in the 1880s by the then head gardener, Frederick Burford. A new breed of narcissus, Cill Dara, was alos introduced in November, 1992.
The Garden Walks continue across Inis Mór Island, on to the arboretum and the hidden pond.
Among the arboreal pleasures is a Weeping Beech tree, planted along the 16th green of the Palmer North to mark the accession to the throne in 1901 of King Edward VII of England. Other distinguished trees in the area of the arboretum include a Giant Redwood, the largest growing tree in the world.