The West Cork Garden Trail was set up in 1993 by a small group of gardening enthusiasts who decided to open their gardens to the public for a limited period of time over the summer.  

The idea quickly took hold and it wasn’t long before others joined.  Indeed just 5 years later the number of gardens in the West Cork Garden Trail had grown to 17.  

Today the West Cork Garden Trail is the longest running trail of its kind in Ireland and it represents 27 gardens, large and small throughout the region.  Diversity is at the heart of its success.  From well-known gardens, to hidden gems, you’ll find formally designed gardens and natural havens.  Some gardens are dedicated to the garden enthusiast, others to family fun days out.  We have formal and informal, traditional and quirky gardens, as well as those with hidden histories and famous past residents.  Our gardens are full of colour, many are good enough to eat and we even have a medicinal garden full of herbs.  Many are open all year around, others during the summer, whilst a few have limited opening dates.  

We have divided the Trail into 5 geographical areas to make it easy to navigate and plan your trip and you’ll see a section on recommended hotels to stay in during your stay.  

We hope you enjoy the West Cork Garden Trail. 

Meet the Team

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Harry Sexton

Harry is Chairperson of the West Cork Garden Trail.  Together with his wife Erika, he has created Pinetree Lodge Garden over the last 18 years.  Their garden is on top of a hill overlooking the west Cork and Kerry mountains and is a mixture of perennial borders, shrub borders and many trees, as well as two wildlife ponds.

Michael is Vice Chairperson of the West Cork Garden Trail and is one of the O'Neill family at Fernhill House Hotel & Gardens in Clonakilty. Michael has a keen interest in sustainability, tree planting and nature friendly planting schemes.

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Michael O’Neill

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Andy & Ingolf

Inspired by their travels near and far, Andy & Ingolf have created the gardens of Ballycommane House over the past 15 years.  The garden contains many fragrant and edible plants from around the world including rare plants from the Azores, as well as an historical bronze-age monument.  When not gardening, Andy & Ingolf also love walking and exploring beautiful West Cork.

Paul is Treasurer of the Trail and owner of the Inish Beg Estate in Baltimore.  Paul and Georgiana acquired the estate in 1997 where the gardens, woodland and farm are now managed organically.

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Paul Keane

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Marie Wiseman

Marie manages the marketing for the Trail, posting on our social media sites and keeping this website up to date.  Her dad, Eugene, owns the beautiful Carraig Abhainn Garden in Durrus and she’s a keen all year-round sea swimmer.  

Kloe & Adam run Garden Tours, Feasts & Botanical Accommodation in The Garden of Re-Imagination, a showcase edible paradise in Ireland’s Eden, Glengarriff.  Adam also manages the gardens of another on the trail - Bantry House – as Head Gardener so you might spot him there too!  The rare times they're not gardening, the pair love kayaking around Glengarriff Bay with their dog George at the helm.

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Kloe Wood Lyndorff & Adam 

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Jean Perry

Jean and Peter have gardened together at the Glebe for over thirty years, each developing their own areas of interest as well as collaborating on overall ideas. Peter loves sea fishing, painting and writing, whilst Jean  loves nature, learning more about biodiversity and sustainability. Both love spending time with their beautiful grandchildren.

harry wcgt

Harry Sexton

Harry is Chairperson of the West Cork Garden Trail.  Together with his wife Erika, he has created Pinetree Lodge Garden over the last 18 years.  Their garden is on top of a hill overlooking the west Cork and Kerry mountains and is a mixture of perennial borders, shrub borders and many trees, as well as two wildlife ponds.

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Michael O’Neill

Michael is Vice Chairperson of the West Cork Garden Trail and is one of the O'Neill family at Fernhill House Hotel & Gardens in Clonakilty. Michael has a keen interest in sustainability, tree planting and nature friendly planting schemes.

ANDYA

Andy & Ingolf

Inspired by their travels near and far, Andy & Ingolf have created the gardens of Ballycommane House over the past 15 years.  The garden contains many fragrant and edible plants from around the world including rare plants from the Azores, as well as an historical bronze-age monument.  When not gardening, Andy & Ingolf also love walking and exploring beautiful West Cork.

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Paul Keane

Paul is Treasurer of the Trail and owner of the Inish Beg Estate in Baltimore.  Paul and Georgiana acquired the estate in 1997 where the gardens, woodland and farm are now managed organically.

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Marie Wiseman

Marie manages the marketing for the Trail, posting on our social media sites and keeping this website up to date.  Her dad, Eugene, owns the beautiful Carraig Abhainn Garden in Durrus and she’s a keen all year-round sea swimmer.  

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Kloe Wood Lyndorff & Adam 

Kloe & Adam run Garden Tours, Feasts & Botanical Accommodation in The Garden of Re-Imagination, a showcase edible paradise in Ireland’s Eden, Glengarriff.  Adam also manages the gardens of another on the trail - Bantry House – as Head Gardener so you might spot him there too!  The rare times they're not gardening, the pair love kayaking around Glengarriff Bay with their dog George at the helm.

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Jean Perry

Jean and Peter have gardened together at the Glebe for over thirty years, each developing their own areas of interest as well as collaborating on overall ideas. Peter loves sea fishing, painting and writing, whilst Jean  loves nature, learning more about biodiversity and sustainability. Both love spending time with their beautiful grandchildren.