Fota Island – an IGPS Visit

We were delighted to have a good number of members join us for our guided tour of Fota Island gardens with Head Gardener, David O’Regan, on Saturday, 14th of October last.

Meeting with David O’Regan in front of the house before we began our walk around the garden.

David met us at the house and gave us a wonderfully informative introduction to our walk with a history of the estate, the house and the gardens bringing us right up to date with the latest developments and possible plans for the future.

David O’Regan, Head Gardener at Fota Island, and our guide for the day

Afterwards we took a pleasant stroll around the gardens with David pointing out the especially interesting trees and shrubs telling us their story – with many trees well over a century old there were many interesting stories! Of course, all was not history as new introductions are being planted each season so that the garden continues to develop and change.


Around the gardens

Any garden visit is improved greatly when you can walk with the gardener and David made this a very special day for us.

Many thanks to him and to the members of the IGPS Munster committee who organised the visit.

And, finally, our youngest member on the day enjoying a quiet moment with her grandmother – and by lunchtime she had a new baby sister so, congratulations and best wishes!

Paddy Tobin.

IGPS at Fota Plant Fair.



Blarney stand at Fota with Bruno Nicolai  (3)

The Plant Fair at Fota Island today with Bruno Nicolai promoting the Irish Garden Plant Society at the Blarney Castle Garden stand reminding all to come to the Blarney in Bloom Festival on the 10th of July

There was a huge attendance at the Plant Fair at Fota Island on Sunday, 17th April, and the IGPS had a presence there, sharing a stand with Blarney Castle Gardens to both promote the upcoming Blarney in Bloom Festival on the 10th of July and to promote the IGPS itself.

Bruno Nicolai, Chairperson of IGPS Munster, was at the stand and reported a very good response from those attending the fair. Bruno will also be at the upcoming Clare Garden Festival to promote interest in the IGPS and to deliver a talk.

Blarney stand at Fota with Bruno Nicolai  (2)

Caught by surprise!

Caught by surprise!