An Italian Garden

After the "Great Famine" landscape gardening became a means of employing people under famine relief schemes.There was lots of planting and road building at Powerscourt.The rich and successful High Victorian period looked to Italy/France for a more formal and elaborate style of landscaping.Thus the great gardens of Powerscourt follow closely the formal style of the gardens of Italy-with elaborate parterres and sculptures.These garden ornaments were being mass produced thanks to the technology of the industrial revolution.

The formal parterre terraces leading down to the Triton Pool are classical in style and layout.The Triton in the fountain is an impressive figure when the fountain is switched on.The 6th Viscount collected many ideas for his gardens during his grand tour of Europe which was de rigour for the wealthy gents of the time.

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