Inevitably one meets with the occasional disappointment. I can understand why financial concerns might encourage people to open to the public a new garden that is not ready or an old garden that has been allowed to fall into decay, but I do wish they wouldn't. The loss of time thus entailed is a hazard of horticultural visits.
When given free time in a city I am often to be founding hunting for the municipal botanic gardens or arboretums. Helsinki (left) was an interesting example of the former, because it offered a plant selection suggestive of a similar climate to Sliabh Mannan, and as usual gave ideas for plants that we should love to introduce into our own garden if only we could locate a local supplier. By and large it does not make a lot of sense to mail-order from the south of England if you entertain any hopes that your plants may be induced to survive a winter in Sliabh Mannan. Somebody should send perhaps local garden centre owners to Helsinki in search of suitable new varieties.
I enjoyed the arboretum at Villa Taranto (right,) on Lago Maggiore too. The problem with being inspired to plant trees of course is the need for the foresight of Capability Brown. One just has to try and use one's imagination.