The Rockery

the rockery viewed from the south-east The rockery was developed at the end of the 1880s, and is constructed from stone quarried at nearby Finglas.

Farrer described the Glasnevin rock garden as one of the finest examples of what he termed the "Devil's Lapful":

"The plan is simplicity itself. Take a hundred or a thousand cartloads of bare square-faced boulders. You next drop them about absolutely anyhow: and you then plant things amongst them. The chaotic hideousness of the result is something to be remembered with shudders ever after" (R.Farrer, My Rock Garden).