Deep in the north Cork countryside you’ll find The Secret Garden Centre tucked away on a quiet road, a peaceful place with plenty of stock and inspiration to satisfy any gardener’s desires. Surrounded by trees and birdsong, it seems a part of the countryside itself, a business grown up out of the peace of a summer’s day. Earlier this month I had the pleasure of visiting the centre with my parents (and Jake!), and spent a little time taking photos and chatting to Brian, one half of the pair who own The Secret Garden.
Over ten years ago Brian and his wife Sarah bought the centre, moved from their London home and got to work on turning it into the award winning business it is today. They have developed a green ethos and work to support organic gardening methods and Irish biodiversity, using chickens as pest control, keeping bees, and selling locally grown produce at the centre. In an hour there you’ll see everything from greyhounds to roosters, each adding to the charming ambiance of the place and the sense that the owners really care about their business.
We spent a lovely hour browsing the plants and flowers, treating ourselves to (delicious!) tea and cake, and watching the chickens happily keep the slugs and snails at bay. Definitely worth a visit when you’re next in the south of the country. If you’d like to know more you’ll find links below, make sure to say hello to Brian on Twitter!