Heritage Week at Fota

Heritage Week at Fota

This year we have a packed schedule of activities here at Fota so there is something for everyone! Pick a date and come along and join the fun. The year’s Heritage Week theme is Pastimes Past Times.

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The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

This summer, join young Mary Lennox on a journey of discovery as she is sent to her uncle’s house in the countryside, where mysteries and secrets lurk round every corner…

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VISIT DOROTHY’S EASTER TRAIL!

VISIT DOROTHY’S EASTER TRAIL!

Join us for a breath of fresh air this Easter at one of Cork’s most idyllic locations, on Friday 19th and Sat 20th April.

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Remembering John Charles Beswick

Remembering John Charles Beswick

Remembering John Charles Beswick: 5/10/1888 – 22/4/1917

A monument was unveiled last weekend commemorating 200 East Cork men who died in World War 1. This memorial was the culmination of three years of work by a group of local people. Continue reading

What is an Arboretum?

What is an Arboretum?

An arboretum is a collection of different trees that can be cultivated for pleasure and beauty – such as in a very large garden or plantation. Or it may be used for the botanical study of the tree specimens contained in it.  The name comes from arbor, the Latin word for tree.

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The Fernery at Fota

The Fernery at Fota

The Fernery at Fota House

In the second half of the 19th century there was a craze for ferns.  This obsession came to be known as ‘fern fever’ or pteridomania – named after the Latin name for ferns which is pteridophytes. Ferns were collected, studied and admired on a very, very wide scale.  As well as becoming a feature in gardens and as houseplants the fern was ubiquitous as a decorative motif.  Fern patterns could be found on glassware, china, fabric, pottery, stucco and much more.  In fact if you look carefully at the corbels in the billiard room in Fota – now the café- you can see ferns in the plasterwork.

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