Main Borders/Pond Border
Secret Garden
Pond & Bog Garden
Veg & Fruit

looking forward to the 2015 season with friends new and old


telephone: 023-8855307 ( republic of Ireland )  or 085-169-6474

FIND this west cork garden : address - Aultaghreagh , Dunmanway , County Cork , Ireland ( Ireland does not have any post/zip codes ! )

GPS - Google  Maps 51.7785     - 9.0915     just type ( or cut and paste ) this number reference carefully into the Google maps search box - and you will get an instant map you can print of our location .  Google street cars have also photographed the area. Apologies for my being 100 metres out !

For those who prefer more old fashioned directions ! ........................................

LOCATION: From Dunmanway approx. 5km north of Dunmanway on the R587 Macroom road - turn off left on the Inchigeelagh road L4616 , then after 200m take the next right  L8549. First house on the right   .

 From Cork - by turning off the main N22 Tralee/Macroom road at Crookstown . Follow ' Kealkil ' signs  through to Coppeen .  Stay on the Bantry/castletownbere road ( ignore Dunmanway signs )   until turning off left onto the 8549 at a tiny  crossroads by a burnt out house & Kilnadur school  ( look out for  ' School ' road signs ) - first house on the left at the top of the hill . We are only 30 mins from Durrus and Skibbereen and Bandon, and 45 mins from Clonakilty . 45 - 60 mins only from Cork .

WE ARE OPEN THIS YEAR !!!   Even though we are not on the West Cork Garden Trail .

                                                             11AM TO 5PM MAY TO SEPTEMBER
closed Mondays - except bank Holiday Mondays 

Please telephone first   .   We can be flexible on opening times if requested in advance .

The best way to learn about our lovely flower garden is to click the following link and watch the short video ............................................................


The Annuals border .


The garden is owned by Christine & Les Wilson . We bought the old ' cottage and acre ' in 1990 as a holiday home . There was no garden , just a grass field . Convinced that we would never leave England to live in Ireland , we planted the whole acre field in 1996 with about 350 mixed trees and large shrubs . But - we sold up in England and moved here the next year in 1997 !                    

 The garden was started the autumn of  1998 , and it took the next 5 years to use the whole of the acre . We began with a large pond and rockery , then added two mixed borders . The following year we made a herb parterre , grasses garden and a walled  ' Secret ' garden ( some people don't find it ! )  . The biggest recent change has been the felling of many trees to create an extensive woodland/shade garden . And in March 2007 we created a large new mixed border by the pond , where there was previously a  ' shelter belt ' of mixed large shrubs .

Our style could be said to be quite ' English Cottage Garden ' - we enjoy colourful perennials and shrubs , not too much formality , and we don't worry about collecting rare plants , though we do grow many unusual cultivars of perennials and shrubs . The vast majority of our plants are grown from seed and cuttings .

Christopher Lloyd is a great influence on our style & planting. On this home page we offer a brief view of the main sections of the garden - you can find more photographs of each area on their own page - click on the navigation menu at the top left of this page .

Main borders in June

Main Borders

The'  secret ' Walled Garden .

secret garden

Part of the Rose garden and pergola .


  This most colourful garden is situated in the beautiful scenery of West Cork in the South-West of Ireland, with wonderful views west to the Shehy mountains and Nowen Hill. Over 1000 varieties of flowers ,shrubs and trees and bulbs can be seen. 

The staggering amount of beautiful flowers make this the 'must see' West Cork Garden . 

Briefly , the acre contains an informal woodland shade garden with native & other trees as a shelter belt. There are paths through the trees,planted with a variety of woodland plants.

 There is a large fishpond & waterfall , bounded on one side by a  rockery and willow bank. A living willow arbour provides the ideal place to sit and watch the fish swim around the many water lilies. Water overflows into a bog garden at one end.

There is a grasses/prairie garden, a pergola of climbing roses & clematis, a formal box parterre of scented herbs, an annuals border, and one of our main features - large twin borders of colourful cottage style perennials.

There is also a raised bed vegetable & fruit garden, polytunnel, and a superb 'secret' walled garden with summerhouse and waterfall .Good paths throughout make the walking easy .

here we are on top of the hill .

Coach parking is not a problem here !

we can cater for groups - Gayle & Nic Monzu garden tour from Australia June 2006

WE OFFER: coach parties and groups welcome by appointment. Bring a picnic, lots of seating. Teas  ,toilets available. Plants For sale.    (Not suitable for very young children because of the  pond , and - no dogs please for our cats !  )

We are a favourite visit for garden societies/tours/flower clubs etc - for which we can offer .............................................

   ******Free tea/coffee & biscuits for groups 10 plus*****

You can be sure of a very warm welcome indeed from Christine and Les Wilson. Wander round on your own if you wish , or ask and we will give you a guided tour .

Click on the buttons at the top left of this page to view our garden features in detail - we have over one hundred photographs on this site .

Frequently asked Questions ...............

- Yes - there are just the two of us to do all the work !

- No - we don't make a lot of money  !  ( we don't even cover costs of Public liability Insurance , plants , seeds , compost and so on )

- Yes - it really was just a field in 1998 !

links to music by Les Wilson .......................