On behalf of all participants in this, the 25th year of the West Cork Garden Trail, I send out a warm welcome and look forward to seeing as many people as possible in our glorious gardens in 2019.
West Cork is truly the garden paradise of Ireland, bathed as it is in the balm of the Gulf Stream which facilitates luxuriant sub-tropical growth of a kind associated with much lower latitudes. Our gardens are wonderful and diverse, healing and tranquil and must be seen!
The Trail is the longest continuously running community organisation of its kind in Ireland and it continues to grow from strength to strength. Such is the level of interest and momentum, we have grown from 19 gardens last year to 25 this year, ranging all the way from large gardens as part of stately homes to smaller, private little gems.
We will be having many exciting special events during the year some of which are outlined here and some to be announced. So ditch the gadgets, get off the couches and come visit!
Huge appreciation is due to our stalwart benefactors, the Harold Barry Trust and Cork County Council both of whom make generous donations every year and without whom we would have difficulty making ends meet. And a big thank-you to Jeremy Irons for his unstinting support.
Jean Perry, The Glebe House, Baltimore, Co. Cork.
Chairperson, West Cork Garden Trail