“Visitors beat path to Cork Gardens of delight” By Áilín Quinlan
Offering everything from pet pigs to weird sculptures and even boat trips, the gardens of West Cork are full of unexpected treasures — and some of the best open their gates to visitors later this month as part of the 2014 West Cork Garden Trail.
“The gardens are located in beautiful scenery with fantastic sea views, wonderful lake settings and mountain backdrops,” said spokeswoman Miriam Cotton.
She said “exquisite” gardens at Drishane House in Castletownshend, home of Edith Somerville, co-author of the Irish RM books, were certainly worth a visit.
For food enthusiasts there’s lots on offer — take Glebe Garden, outside Baltimore, overlooking Roaring Water Bay, which boasts an extensive kitchen garden bursting with herbs and vegetables which it uses to supply its award-winning café, while the pet pigs of the Heron Gallery in Ahakista and the bizarre and colourful sculptures in the Ewe Garden outside Glengarriff are sure to be a big hit with families who have young children.
For those who like something different, there’s always the option of taking a boat trip to the sub-tropical surrounds of Garnish Island.
Published in the Irish Examiner Monday 9th June 2014
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