Craving some fresh air?
If Storm Dennis has had you cooped up inside for the past few days, there’s a new reason to venture out into the great outdoors this week.
If you happen to be available at 11am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week you can join a free Springtime Tour of Fota Arboretum & Victorian Working Gardens.
The name “Fota” is derived from the Irish “fód te” meaning warm soil, an ode to the perfect growing conditions around the 19th-century house designed by architects Richard and William Morrison.
The gardens at Fota, laid out by James Hugh Smith-Barry in the first half of the 19th century, include a palm walk, orangery, and an atmospheric Victorian fernery as well as a rare collection of exotic trees and shrubs from the southern hemisphere.
The 90-minute walk is lead by Fota’s expert gardeners will also take visitors through the Victorian Working Garden, which comprises three stand-alone glasshouses, pit houses and a bothy building, all fully restored by the Irish Heritage Trust.
The best bit? It’s completely free to attend, just turn up at Fota House (directions here) on February 18th, 19th or 20th, 2020 at 11am.