Annes Grove Gardens are situated in an estate called Ballyhimock in the 18th century. In the late 18th century the estate passed to the Hon. Arthur Grove Annesley, and his descendants have lived here ever since.
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The house, which you walk by on the way to the gardens, is not open to the public. The gardens were created in the first half of the 20th century by Richard Grove Annesley, and are Robinsonian in manner, which means the interplanting of native and exotic species into a natural setting with a minimum of formality.
Rhododendrons are the stars here. Specimens were raised from seed brought back from Tibet and Nepal. There is a wild walled garden that is divided into different areas by yew and beech hedges. Late flowering perennials and herbaceous borders, a rockery, and water garden help make up the walled garden. Woodlands contain magnolias as well as the rhododendrons and other species of flowering shrubs. Steps lead down a steep hillside to a river flowing through the property. There are walks along the river and wooden footbridges cross back and forth to an island. The valley is a wild water garden. A secret 18th century tunnel goes through Portuguese laurels. Allow two-three hours to cover the gardens.
Annes Grove Gardens is located in Cork county, 40 minutes from the town of Cork near the village of Castletownroche. Castletownroche is between the towns of Fermoy and Mallow.
Open: by appointment only
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