The walled garden of St Dominics Retreat Centre @ Ennismore was a joy to behold, located just north of the River lee, in the middle of a developed part of Cork you have this oasis of green, a number of cropping field surround the gardens at Ennismore House. The majority of the gardens were laid out in the mid 1800's by the Leycester family, (before Ennismore the house was called East View), although some trees pre-date this and may be mid 1700's.
My thanks to Eileen and Fr. Benedict Hegarty for facilitating my visit.
Inish Beg Estate is a private island offering luxury accommodation in west cork, and its gardens and grounds are a member of the West Cork Garden Trail, and open all year round.
The gardens centre around a reworked walled garden and then branch out into woodland walks which take in the islands landscape and viewing points.
The gardens were full of seasonal colour during my visit, with the woodlands looking wonderful and the walled garden looking productive, with a good showing of seasonal vegetables.
Listen to the Podcast of when The Sod Show met Inish Beg Head Gardener Tony O'Mahony
The grounds of Bantry House, located in West Cork, were full of seasonal colour this past week. The foliage colour on the famous Wisterias, Cherry Blossoms, Gingkos, Maples and the whole woodland was just amazing. Bantry House is another great garden on the West Cork Garden Trail, and is a super day out. In addition to the gardens there is a wonderful Cafe and luxury accommodation offered
List to the podcast of when The SodShow met Brigitte Shelswell-White of Bantry House here
Ballymaloe House (the 'mothership' to the Ballymaloe Cookery School) has an amazing walled garden which supplied a wide range of seasonal delights to the Restaurant and on-site use...although it was the start of Winter it was still full of seasonality, well trained fruit, seasonal flowers and all capped with some dazzling blue skies!
Delighted to have gotten the chance to visit the famous Ballymaloe Cookery School in Cork, although (as you'd guess) the cookery school itself held very little interest for me...it was the gardens and grounds that I wanted to take in
The grounds are a mix of ornamental gardens, art, and then the commercial organic farm (certified by Organic Trust) to the rear. All are accessible with good footwear.
Having followed @BlarneyGardens (Head gardener Adam Whitbourn) on Twitter for a few years I was hugely looking forward to visiting the acclaimed gardens of Blarney House and Gardens....and boy are they special.
The castle is famed for the stone you can kiss....but the gardens are special, really specially....wonderful mix of parkland, forest trails, designed gardens, lush planting and Arboretum area....with features and artwork throughout the grounds.
I spent 4 hours just in the gardens, not including the castle, house or tea rooms, so if your visiting give yourself lots of time!!
For more on the wonderful castle and gardens please visit the website Blarney Castle & Gardens
'When in Cork you have to go to Fota' Anne McTaggart told me....so here I was 8am Saturday morning in Fota House. Now the House and some of the walled garden were closed at this time of the year, but the Arboretum and the rest were amazing looking. Full of wonderful specimen trees, both native and exotics all laid out in a wonderful designed landscape.
Lots of paths and trails encouraged me to spent hours here....
Here's a few images from the day....but neither my camera or my photo skills do it any justice!! For more on Fota House and the associated gardens and arboretum please visit their website FotaHouse.com
The Bible garden in Cobh was a lovely spot, a small garden to gather some head space amongst the hussle and bussle of the busy town of Cobh, and due to Cobhs location it had the now-common sight of tender plants benefiting from the warm soils and beneficial climate - including a magnificent Mimosa tree...
The Fitzgerald Park in park was busy, lots of families out in the playground, folks sitting out in the cafe terrace drinking coffee and enjoying buns....you'd hardly believe its the first week in November!
I'd had Fitzgerald Park on my visiting list when I first knew I was coming to Cork, I wanted to see how the 2011 Chelsea Gold medal winning garden by Diarmuid Gavin was incorporated into the park, and how user-friendly it all was.
The garden was alive with families enjoying all the stainless balls, although I seemed to be the only one interesting in the planting schemes...
Its great to see public money being put to a use that so many families can engage with and get direct benefit from.
Gardening on Radio Foyle
A summary of each weeks gardening on Mark Patterson Show and beyond