Hope Foundation Story Telling & Punch and Judy Show

Hope Foundation Story Telling & Punch and Judy Show

Join the Hope Foundation for an afternoon of storytelling and a Punch & Judy Show at Fota House on September 5th from 12:00pm to 1:30pm.

Tickets are €10 per child in aid of Hope. Book now on www.hopeshop.ie/punch-judy

The Last Letter

The Last Letter

The Irish Heritage Trust which manages Fota House in Cork is proud to be the gatekeeper of many stories.  We know this one is all too common and many families safeguarded those last letters from the Continue reading

What time is it in Fota? It’s rhododendron time!

What time is it in Fota? It’s rhododendron time!

This rather unwieldy title – “The rhododendrons of Sikkim-Himalaya : being an account, botanical and geographical, of the rhododendrons recently discovered in the mountains of eastern Himalaya, from drawings and descriptions made on the spot, during a government botanical mission to that country” – relates to a book of coloured lithograph drawings based on sketches made by Joseph Dalton Hooker on his expedition to the Himalayas (1847 to 1851). No catchy titles in those days. The book, with illustrations by Victorian botanical artist, Walter Fitch, did exactly what it said “on the tin”. The rhododendrons are blooming in Fota now. Walking around the gardens it’s hard not to think of the plantsmen who travelled the world seeking different species of plants and trees, many of which are grown in Fota. This brings to mind Joseph Hooker, who introduced the wonderful Sikkim rhododendrons to the British Isles..

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What’s flowering in the Fota Frameyard?

“In golden April weather/In sun and wind and rain/Let us fare forth and follow/Beneath the Spring’s first swallow/By budding break and heather/To the good brown soil again.”

Frederick Frye Rockwell (1884 – 1976)

An Eastern Gem – Other gardens

An Eastern Gem – Other gardens

Leytown by the sea. And nearby, Sonairte, an organic garden which is like a glimpse of another world. A world of ancient apple trees, vibrant rows of organic vegetables, birdsong and the river Nanny flowing slowly by.  Sonairte is an “interactive visitor centre promoting ecological awareness and sustainable living”. This 10 acre project was set up in  1986 by members of the local community. The walled garden has rows of organic (certified) fruit trees and vegetables beds. The woodland walk follows the river along a Salt Marsh and leads to a bird hide with a view of  local wildlife and Ballygarth Castle. Volunteering at Fota makes us curious about other gardens and this curiosity led us to Sonairte in “The Ninch”.

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