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June 2013

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West Cork Garden Trail

The West Cork Garden Trail brochure for 2013 arrived through the letterbox a while ago and I have been busy finding excuses to head south since. Taking a tour of a group of neighbouring gardens is always worth doing. If you can find the time, over a short mid-week trip or a weekend, there are few more rewarding, enjoyable outings.

Finding out how different styles of gardening work in a particular setting and climate are much more informative than heading to see one garden at one end of the country and then another at the opposite end. Getting the chance to study similar plant palettes is also informative as well as a useful way to pick up tips to try or adapt, in your own garden. In the south west, with its milder, wetter climate, it is fascinating to see how they use plants that they can grow more successfully than those of us in the midlands and further north.

Leafing through the 2013 West Cork Garden Trail brochure many of the open gardens are like familiar old friends. The drive over the little causeway to the island garden of Inis Beg in Baltimore must be one of the most unusual and enticing welcomes to any garden on the island. And the woodland and walled gardens waiting beyond that entrance live up to its promise. Down in Durrus, behind their general store, the Wiseman's work a garden with an equally unique feature - the natural rock formations in the little river at the bottom of their village garden.

The river walk at Lisselan, like something from the jungle, is a magical place and always  worth revisiting, as are the wondrous 100 Steps that overlook Bantry House gardens and the Bay. Woodland and wild flowers feature in Raven's Oak garden near Bantry. Down in Castletownbere, the Mill Cove Sculpture Garden delivers an object lesson on placing art in a garden. These are just some of the places that have previously thrown open their gates to the public.

But looking through the list of gardens, there are also some interesting new place as yet unseen. There is the wildlife pond, heritage Irish apple orchard and whole food cafe that Heron Gallery Gardens, also in Durrus, promises. Bluebell House and Gardens in Ballydehob, named for the seas of bluebells it hosts in late spring sounds lovely. This is a new garden with Japanese and water features as well as an orchard, I look forward to seeing it. There are fifteen gardens on the 2013 trail. I already love the dozen I know and look forward to seeing those yet to be seen. Some of the gardens hold charity days with teas and plants for sale. Details on www.Garden.ie.






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