Welcome to the Robinson Garden at Earlscliffe, Baily, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Where subtropical plants flourish at 53.3° North latitude

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plate_1.jpg (47755 bytes)This website is dedicated to the memory of David Robinson (1928-2004).

The Robinson Garden at Earlscliffe is on the Howth peninsula just north of Dublin city at a latitude of 53.3º N. This means that it is further north than Newfoundland and on the same latitude as Manchester in England, Hamburg in Germany, the southern part of the Hudson Bay and Edmonton in Canada and Minsk in Russia. Yet despite being much nearer to the north pole than to the equator, bananas, tree ferns, South African Erica and a range of palms flourish outside without any winter protection. 

This is not simply the result of skilled plantsmanship but owes a lot to the unusually favourable microclimate. The garden slopes to the south and benefits by being close to the sea and also from the 180 metre high Hill of Howth on its northern side. With the advantage of the warm current from the Gulf of Mexico almost encircling Howth, it seems that the peninsula can grow a wider range of plants than any other place of similar latitude.

Advantage is taken of the auspicious situation to test the climatic hardiness of plants from all five continents. No plants are protected artificially even in the coldest weather so that realistic information on hardiness can be obtained. 

The Earlscliffe house itself been owned by an variety of people with links to a number of episodes and events in Irish and world history. 

This site is continuously being updated to include both scientific data and information for the general enthusiast. If there is anything in particular that you would like to see in greater detail, please contact .

Please note that the garden is not currently open to the public and there will be no formal garden tours around Earlscliffe in 2014. For further details, please contact

What's New?

  • A new addition to the Echium family has finally flowered at Earlscliffe. This year we have managed to grow a much rarer white version called Echium pininana alba (‘Snow Tower’).
  • After a period of inaccuracy, my broken weather station has been replaced with an exact replica! I will be monitoring it over the next while to ensure it is calibrated correctly.
  • Tony Corcoran, the author of the book "The Goodness Of Guinness" is writing a book on the life and times of Sir John Lumsden. As part of his research he has recently visited Earlscliffe.
  • Have had a visit from a relative of Richard Whelan who was employed as a gardener/caretaker at Earlscliffe in the 1870s.
  • Have been in touch with a great Granddaughter of John Randal Plunkett. Will hopefully have soon more info on him soon!
  • Been in touch with the Granddaughter of Robert and Bridget Rooney, who we believed lived in Earlscliffe in the 1920s. Another fascinating story which will be told here soon!
  • New Mesomap of Ireland showing Earlscliffe weather and lots of other weather sites!

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This page was last updated on 30-Aug-2014.

Ireland's largest and most spectacular gardening event - click here for details of BloomIreland's largest and most spectacular gardening event For more information on some of the plants grown at Earlscliffe click here for Garden.ieFor more information on some of the plants grown at Earlscliffe 

To find out about one of the longest established horticultural societies on Dublin's north side, visit the Howth & Sutton Horticultural Society

To find out about one of the longest established horticultural societies on Dublin's north side, visit the Howth & Sutton Horticultural Society

Visit the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin to see some of the plants growing at Earlscliffe

Visit the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin to see some of the plants that grow at Earlscliffe

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