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Killruddery is unique in having one of the most extensive early formal gardens, still in their original style, surviving in Ireland, largely laid out in the 17th century and added to in the 19th century. The gardens at Killruddery are the oldest in Ireland. They are amongst the most important gardens of their type in these islands. Laid out in the 1680s these gardens were designed for the entertainment of a large number of people and therefore the scale is comparable to that of a park. The gardens should be regarded as mainly the work of the 4th and 6th Earls. A French Landscape Architect named Bonet was known to have worked at Killruddery in 1682. He was a pupil of le Notre.

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