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Ballymaloe Cookery School Gardens
Shanagarry, Co. Cork
Free car parking
Cloudy days
Hidden gem
The famous Ballymaloe Cookery School Gardens at Shanagarry, County Cork, is home to Edwardian gardens that are managed in an organic manner. It also offers gardening courses and workshops that reflect Ballymaloe Cookery School's philosophy.

The famous Ballymaloe Cookery School Gardens is situated in the middle of its own organic farm in Shanagarry, County Cork. On the grounds, visitors can explore the Edwardian Cookery School Gardens, which are managed organically. There is an extensive modern herb garden laid out as a grand parterre, formal fruit garden, vegetable garden, herbaceous border and shell house of great charm, lawns, pools and temple.

These Edwardian gardens were also known as Kinoith House Gardens in the earlier days. Ballymaloe also offers gardening courses reflecting the philosophy of the gardens and school. The gardens include, The Water Garden, The Soft Fruit Garden, The Celtic Maze and Wildflower Meadow, Topiary and Shell House, The Old Pleasure Garden, The Herb Garden, Lydia's Garden, The Ornamental Fruit Garden and The Kitchen Potager.

The popular Garden Tours are conducted by their knowledgeable garden guides, and are an absolute must for anyone keen to learn about the history of the gardens, the variety of plants and flowers, what daily maintenance and seasonal planting entails and organic composting.

The Glasshouses are generally open Monday to Friday, and visitors are welcome to come in and look around as part of The Farm Walk.

Why we like it
  • Explore yourself or take a guided tour of Edwardian Gardens in the middle of an organic farm.
  • Enjoy a walk through an extensive herb garden, fruit garden and vegetable garden.
  • Join one of the many gardening courses or workshops offered here. 
Contact details
Shanagarry, Co. Cork, P25 R274, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 1 to 2 hours here.

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