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The gardens were founded by a chance meeting between Edward Walpole Senior, a Dublin businessman, who was very fond of walking in the Wicklow hills.
He often stayed at Hunter's Hotel, Newrathbridge, which is still, as it was then, a comfortable hotel.
He met with the owner of the mill, Sam Sutton, and become friendly with him.
At all events, Walpole began to stay at the miller's house rather than the hotel.
When Sutton's lease expired, Walpole took it over in 1868.
Thus began an association which was to last over 100 years.
In 1980, the property was bought by the current owner, Madelaine Jay.
The gardens are open to the public every day during the tourist season.
In addition to the Gardens, Mount Usher offers a comprehensive home produced menu in the Avoca Garden Cafe, as well as a Shopping Courtyard which is open all year round.
Ample car parking and coach spaces are available and the Gardens are within easy reach of Dublin.