Mount Stewart is an 18th-century house and garden in County Down, Northern Ireland. The house and its contents reflect the history of the Vane-Tempest-Stewart family, who played a leading role in British and Irish social and political life. After the house’s interior, the Marchioness redesigned the gardens in the most lavish way possible. One bed shows the Red Hand of Ulster rendered in red flowers. It’s a rather morbid story about someone associated with this manor, who cut off his hand and tossed it over a ship’s bow to be the first one to touch this land. These gardens were, like most of the gardens in Ireland and Northern Ireland were beautifully designed and expertly maintained.