The Rothe House Garden is a recreation of a historic garden from the 17th century. It is the only urban garden of this period which is open to the public. It was officially opened by the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, on 11th April 2008.
The reconstruction was undertaken by the Kilkenny Archaeological Society and Rothe House Trust, and was funded by Failte Ireland under the NDP 2000-2006, Kilkenny Borough Council and Kilkenny Civic Trust.
The walled garden is divided in two:
- The Lower Garden where vegetables and herbs, which would have grown in the 17th century, are planted. These include Deer Tongue lettuce, Scarlet Runner beans, Gortahork cabbage, Mammoth leeks, Lovage, Borage and Ladys bedstraw.
- The Upper Garden or Orchard contains a wide range of fruit trees: apple; medlar; quince and damson. The apple varieties include Blood of the Boyne and Scarlet Crofton.
Surrounding these functional plants, our beautiful flowers which blossom throughout the year include Sweet Rocket, Calendula, Rosa Maidens Blush and Hollyhocks.