June 2020 Update : Covid-19 – Garden Openings
We are OPENING and looking forward to your visit!
Like many of us, garden owners have had lots of time on their hands this year and the outcome is that gardens of the West Cork Garden Trail are to an exceptional standard and have never looked better!
In line with the recent relaxations around movement, many of the 27 gardens of the West Cork Garden Trail are now open and operating in accordance with guidelines on social distancing and hand hygiene. These include
o Fota Arboretum & Gardens
o Blarney Castle & Gardens
o Glenview Gardens & Hobbit House
o Pinetree Lodge Garden
o Longhill Garden
o Fernhill House Hotel & Gardens
o Inish Beg Gardens
o Medicinal Herb Garden
o Heron Gallery, Café & Gardens
o Kilravock Garden (by appointment only)
o Ballycommane House & Garden (by appointment only)
o Bantry House & Garden
o Breeny Mor
o Bamboo Park
o Ilnacullin/Garinish Island
o The Ewe Experience
Some can be visited without a prior appointment but many request contact beforehand and details of the number of visitors and date and time of arrival.
Most gardens will not be able to offer refreshments, but many will welcome visitors having picnics in designated locations. Some have toilet facilities available on request. We request that visitors wear face-masks when interacting with garden owners.
There will be no printed brochures available this year, but you can see specific opening details for each individual garden on this site. Whilst every effort is being made to ensure information on this website is accurate and up to date, we also advise visiting garden’s individual websites and/or social media pages before travelling for the latest opening information and other terms and conditions.
West Cork is truly the garden paradise of Ireland, bathed as it is in the balm of the Gulf Stream which encourages the luxuriant sub-tropical growth of a kind more usually associated with much lower latitudes. Our gardens are wonderful and diverse, healing and tranquil, exciting and unmissable.
The weather is a topic which is rarely far from a gardener’s lips, but as we move into this new decade, climate change is something we can no longer ignore. Many of us gardeners on the Trail are making great efforts to improve the sustainability of our gardens. Whether it is with more naturalistic, wildlife friendly planting, or making efforts to reduce use of plastic or growing more edible crops, we all have our part to play, and we as gardeners will be happy to share our experiences.
Gardens have never been more important as havens for wildlife and biodiversity and as places of peace and tranquillity. All these qualities are evident in the diverse range of gardens we have for you to visit, from large gardens as part of stately homes, to smaller private little gems.
There will be more special events this year, some listed in the brochure and some still to be announced. So, on behalf of all the participants of The West Cork Garden Trail I send out a warm welcome and look forward to seeing you in our gardens in 2020. We would like to thank our stalwart benefactors The Gwendoline Harold Barry Trust and Cork County Council, both of whom make generous donations that help to make the running of the Trail possible.
Jean Perry, The Glebe House, Baltimore, Co. Cork.
Chairperson, West Cork Garden Trail