The Ewe Experience is a journey like no other. This award winning garden is a unique, creative treat – a wonderful escape for a day out that has been thoughtfully designed for all ages.
It is thought provoking but at the same time relaxing, a must see for anyone interested in a really unique experience, while exploring nature creatively.
The gardens are a private home, where Sheena Wood and Kurt Lyndorff set up the trail, opening it to visitors each June, July and August. Art and nature compliment each other in Ireland’s only interactive sculpture garden, which has been more than two decades in the making, after they moved to Ireland from Latin America.
The Ewe Experience takes the visitor on a natural history and science walk that includes a poetry trail, intriguing sculptures, mysteries and humour. Over 200 educational boards with information and illustrations about the environment, plants, animals, life and our planet, guide visitors along the maze of path ways that meander through the extraordinary gardens. The interactive installations include a ‘sound nest’, life’s treadmill, an intriguing glass magnifying wall, a labyrinth, a zoetrope, mirrored globes and many more engaging pieces that can be played, spun, peered thru etc.
Schools, families and individuals of all ages can enjoy the one kilometre walk through four gardens, dotted with mind challenging games, creative areas and story boards for a relaxing learning journey that goes back in time and back to nature. The four separate gardens of around six acres, are set along a beautiful waterfall, that cuts its way down the Esk mountain valley into the glen of Glengarriff.
In Falling Water Garden a vain emu, a sun bathing rhino and other humorous sculptures emerge among grasses and bamboo. Bridges lead the visitor across the waterfall to new discoveries in the Timeless Glen, a shady forest clearing with more sculptural surprises. Follow the Yarn Spinner’s trail of playful poetry or simply enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Meander up into the Environmental Forest, where all the sculptures are made from re-cycled materials. For story lovers there is plenty of engaging narrative, food for thought and many a smile along the way. The journey continues high up into Valley of Eden with spectacular views to the mountains and sea. Follow the Evolution Walk which tells the story of Earth from bacteria and dinosaurs to humans. Meet your ancestors, or come face to face with the most destructive animalthat ever lived.
To find out more you can view their informative Garden Guide. You can view it online at http://www.theewe.com/full-guide
or download a PDF at http://www.theewe.com/images/resources/ewe-garden-guide.pdf
Also, The Ewe includes a great Gallery, see more at www.theewe.com/gallery
From Glengarriff go 3 miles up the Kenmare Road – well sign posted. Look out for a sheep on top of a vintage car.
GPS: N 51’ 46’ 37” W 9’ 34’ 09”