Ballycommane House Garden

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Address: Ballycommane, Durrus, Cork, IE
Contact: Andy Stieglitz & Ingolf Jungmann

Ballycommane Garden (4 acres) features over 1000 native and exotic shrubs and trees. Subtropical species like bananas, tea trees, tree ferns and myrtles thrive in the mild climate. Specialist collections include plants from the southern hemisphere (Gondwana flora) and the Azores. An ancient Bronze-age monument offers a fantastic panoramic view.

Throughout the year, Ballycommane Garden offers an array of colour, featuring an abundance of flowers as well as a huge variety of mature shrubs and trees. From the ancient boulder-burial site, there is a panoramic view over the broad valley of the Four Mile Water (Ballycommane River), and you’ll see sheep grazing peacefully on the green hillsides.

Many exotic plants from all over the world can be discovered in the gardens, including rare subtropical species thriving in this mild climate. Bathed by the warm waters of the Gulf stream, even tender plants such as palms, tree ferns and myrtles from the southern hemisphere easily grow outdoors.

Established hedging throughout the grounds and the cover provided by the extensive foliage have created tasteful, secluded areas for private contemplation. We invite you to walk around, sit down, relax and escape the pressures of everyday life.

Among the specialist collections in the garden are plants from the southern hemisphere (Gondwana flora), including different species of southern beeches (Nothofagus), tree ferns (Dicksonia antarctica, Cyathea cooperi), New Zealand tea tree (manuka, Leptospermum scoparium) and Eucryphia. Enthusiastic visitors to the garden will find this a bit like stepping into Jurassic Park...

Another specialist collection in the garden focusses on the flora of the Azores. This archipelago of nine volcanic islands in the North Atlantic Ocean forms a unique ecosystem that includes the macaronesian subtropical laurel forest (laurisilva). Of its many endemic species, a considerable number is cultivated to great success in Ballycommane. These include Picconia azorica, Prunus lusitanica subsp. azorica, Hypericum foliosum, Euphorbia stygiana, Scabiosa nitens and Tolpis azorica, to name but a few.

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Opening Information

1st March - 31st October daily between 9.30am and 7pm and by appointment.

Admission: €5 (free admission for overnight visitors).

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