If you love gardens, Cobh, Ireland has something to feast your eyes on and a bench or two to sit and enjoy the surrounding.
In general, the lovely town of Cobh is never short of plants and flowers, just look at the pots and planter boxes and fixtures that adorn our charming Town Centre. Almost everywhere you go, you would see seasonal and colorful flowers and also perennials that suit well to our seaside weather.
Before i write down this amazing gardens, i like to applaud the works of our volunteer friends from Cobh Tidy Towns because they always are involved and have a hand in planting and maintaining these beautifule plants that you see around you in Cobh.
Titanic Memorial Garden
A garden that will always be associated to the town of Cobh, the Titanic Memorial Garden is the town’s living tribute to the event that shaped Cobh forever – the sinking of RMS Titanic on April 14 1912. 123 of these passengers boarded Cobh on April 11 1912 and some of them perished as the cruise liner sunk to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
Erected in the middle of the garden is a glass memorial wall where the 123 names of the passengers are inscribed, 79 of those are not lucky enough to survive. The garden has a grass area surrounded by a variety of plants and also a zen-like surface scattered with ornamental pebbles. On the way to garden, there is also a hilly slope on the left where plenty of wildflowers bloom during spring and summer.
I like to call the Bible Garden the hidden garden in Cobh and for good reason. Just a short walk from St Colman’s Cathedral, the Bible Garden is located inside the St Benedict Priory and is a place to pray, reflect or just take in the beautiful view of the church and Cork Harbour from the top of the hill.
If you know your bible plants, you can actually find some of them here. There is a big canopy of trees like the Cedars of Lebanon and some fruit trees too. Expect some small bible-themed garden like the Garden of Song, The Vineyard, and even a pond like The Leanbh Memorial and Remembrance Scroll.
Just outside the Cobh-Carrigtwohill border, the Fota Gardens is one of the premiere gardens in Cork and is included in your Fota Wildlife Zoo admission. The garden is separated from the zoo and can be accessed solely if you prefer. Inside this big expanse of land is a wall and pleasure garden, Victorian Garden and then there’s also an arboretum with a hiking trail in the same vicinity. They have many events too from plants-related to family fun activities.
Special garden mention can be given to the park on West Hill because this presents one of the most accessible place to have a selfie-worthy shot of the Deck of Cards houses with St Colman’s Cathedral in the backdrop. I can also add the serene garden on the yard of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rushbrook. And also, if you want to check out a wildplant and wildflower favorite area, the local Old Church Cemetery is a good place to wander around too.
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