Two Green Shoots
Immersive experiences & botanical accommodation in West Cork
The Garden of Re-Imagination is a magical Willy-Wonka-inspired edible paradise where everything is edible from the topiary to the trees! It lies at a secret location in the hills above Glengarriff village and this Summer is your chance to step inside the garden gates and discover what lies within!
Originally created in the 1940’s by an English plantswoman with a wonderful name – Mrs Hardstaff, its design was inspired by visits to the famous Illnacullin or Garnish Island nearby and the Italian terraces there. After ten years of building giant stone staircases, a sunken lawn and a series of ponds with fountains the gardens were mysteriously abandoned. Its current custodians are still trying to solve the mystery of why she left! If you have any information at all about Mrs Hardstaff do get in touch. In September 2017, RHS-trained Horticulturalist & Head Gardener for Bantry House & Gardens Adam Carveth & Garden Designer Kloe Wood began peeling back the layers of this lost garden and adding a new chapter in its history. The Garden of Re-Imagination is now their open-air sketchpad & your chance to experience an exciting mix of flavours, aromas, sights & sounds & be part of reimagining what’s possible for gardens.
Step inside the garden gate on a Taste tour and discover the rare edible delights within from the pink flamingo tree to Dahlia tubers & barberries. Taste Tours include a garden tour led by Head Gardener Adam Carveth; a mini-feast of taster dishes including a savoury and a sweet dish & a drink, all homemade using freshly harvested, seasonal botanicals from the garden. Visitors also receive a complimentary Garden & Feast card to fill with a favourite recipe and tips to create your own edible paradise! These two-hour tours are available for groups of 6-16 people on Friday, Sat, Sun & Mondays by appointment from 10th May – 30th September.
The following tickets are available: Adults, group size 6-10 people: €25pp; Adults, group sizes 10-16 people: €20pp; Accompanying Children: €15pp. If less than 6 people, do enquire as you may be able to join another group!
Wish you could make the gardens home? You now can! The Botanical B&F (Bed & Feast) sits nestled inside the gardens with views out towards Bantry Bay. Choose from four beautiful botanical-themed rooms – Lichen & Silver Birch (both Singles) or Fern Willow (double/twin). Also available, a stunning Botanical Bell Tent in a private woodland clearing nearby. All can be booked individually or together for a boutique group escape for eight people. Each space is totally unique, celebrating handcrafted pieces & natural materials including luxurious wool carpets, mattresses, to organic & fair-trade cotton bedding & VOC-free eco-paints.
Wake up to a seasonal morning feast from warm pancakes filled with homemade jams & wild berries to seaweed scones fresh from the oven with local cheeses or cooked breakfasts with fresh eggs from our free-range hens.
For information, enquiries, bookings & details of our Summer events:
Call: 089 708 1099