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!
Dunmore House in Carrigans is one of my favourite gardens to visit. Dating from the early 18th century Dunmore House itself if steeped in history, however much of what you see in the walled garden is from the early 20th century onwards. A nice network of paths allows you to explore the mix of ornamental and productive horticulture, and if your lucky you'll meet head gardener Andy on your way and he'll engage you with heaps of stories and tales of the garden...For more details on Dunmore House, and its new wedding service, please visit DunmoreGardens.ie
The walled garden within the Grade A listed Ballywalter Park is a sight to behold. with its Georgian glasshouses and fantastic peaches it's a heavenly place to visit and enjoy. Under the guidance of Lady Dunleath the walled garden is currently being re-invented with fruit rooms, beehives and a Lemon Grove recently added!
Follow the Ballywalter Park Walled Garden Blog for regular updates on the Horticultural goings-on in the estate
Within the fabulous Ballywalter Park walled garden there is this fabulous pergola, which leads you from the ornate extranceway to the Georgian glasshouse which forms a focal point of the walled garden.
Lord & Lady Dunleath have the pergola freshly planted with roses (which were heavenly scented!) and a sweeping herbaceous border.
For more information on Ballywalter Park see this post here on the Parkland of Ballywalter Park.
Ballywalter Park is open during the European Heritage Open Weekend and I urge you to visit this amazing landscape...oh, and of course the house...its fabulous too!!
Some super old pics (courtesy Toby Edwards National Trust) of the walled garden in DownHill Demense. The first picture shows DownHill Demense around 1963 when the roof was just removed from the 'big house'. You can see the walled garden still in productive use. The walled garden area was leased out to a private individual for many years.
The second pic shows part of the walled garden, co 1900, showing the rose garden in full splendor.
For more on Downhill Demense check out the National Trust website here for DownHill Demense
Birds eye view of the Antrim Castle walled garden from 1926, very impressive! The Antrim Castle Gardens are now open to the public having been reworked with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund of Northern Ireland.
Some 1948 aerial pictures of the 700 year old Glin Castle in Limerick showing the grounds and gardens...and what do you know, its for sale...just a mere 6.5million Euro :-) Glin Castle for Sale
Gardening on Radio Foyle
A summary of each weeks gardening on Mark Patterson Show and beyond