Blarney House & Gardens since the eighteenth century, the gardens of Blarney Castle have been as popular with its visitors as have the Castle and Stone.These are the Groves of Blarney celebrated in words and song for over two hundred years.
Fitzgeralds Park Cork City is a lovely peaceful green area just a short walk from Cork City with gardens, childrens play area and river side walk, cafe, and view Diarmuid Gavin’s Chelsea winning Sky Gardens structure in the Park and visit Cork Museum in Fitzgeralds Park.
Bantry House And Garden is not only one of the finest historic houses in Ireland, but it also commands one of the best views overlooking Bantry Bay in West Cork. It has been open to the public since 1946, the first to do so in the country and possibly also in the British Isles. The house is still owned and lived in by Egerton Shelswell-White, who is a direct descendant of Richard White (1, Earl of Bantry), and his family.
Doneraile Park where the fine entrance gates at the porticoed gated lodge on the Turnpike Road, north of Doneraile town, Co. Cork, mark the formal entrance to a great landscaped estate - 160 hectares of parkland's with mature groves of deciduous trees and a number of deer herds.The greater part of the work at Doneraile was undertaken in the early eighteenth century. The fashion in landscape gardening at this period was exemplified, if not largely formed, by the achievements of the English landscape architect, Lancelot 'Capability' Brown.
Fota Arboretum & Gardens where you will find the internationally recognised arboretum and gardens which are open all year round in East Cork, 20 minutes drive from Cork City, are a haven for relaxation and enjoyment and inspiring for people of all ages. Not only do they play a major role in educating and informing visitors and specialists, this is a stunning recreation area for families to enjoy the beauty and richness of one of the finest collections of rare and tender trees and shrubs grown outdoors in Ireland and Britain. Next door you will find also the renowned Fota Wildlife Park and also Fota Island Resort & Golf.
Garnish Island, Ilnacullin, Glengariff, West Cork is located in the sheltered harbour of Glengariff in Bantry Bay, in Southwest Ireland. Ilnacullin is a small island of 15 hectares (37 acres) known to horticulturists and lovers of trees and shrubs all around the world as an island garden of rare beauty. The gardens of Ilnacullin owe their existence to the creative partnership, some seventy years ago, of Anna Bryce, then owner of the island and Harold Peto, architect and garden designer. The island was bequeathed to the Irish people in 1953, and was subsequently entrusted to the care of the Commissioners of Public Works. To-day management of the island is in the hands of the Office of Public Works.Access to the Island is just a short ferry journey where you may view some of the local wild life such as seals enroute.
Glengarriff Bamboo Park, the modern areas of Bamboo Park were created in 1999 by Serge de Thibault and his wife Claudine on the same pattern of the Bambouseraie in Anduze, near Alès in the South of France which is the largest bamboo park in Europe, existing since more than 75 years. Where those have only bamboos, the Park in Glengarriff has also quite a magnificent range of palm trees and tree ferns to show.
Lisselan Gardens, Clonakility were laid out in Robinsonian style from the early 1850s. William Bence-Jones chose a site on a promontory above the river for a French chateau style house designed by Lewis Vuliamy. The Bence-Jones family created 30 acres of gardens which take advantage of the natural features and contours provided by the valley and the Argideen river running through it. Next door is the popular Lisselan Golf Club.
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