The Secret Garden Centre ~ Cork

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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!

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18 Sweet Notes on The Secret Garden Centre ~ Cork

  1. Mairéad says:

    Love places like that – it looks delightful. Nice to see your Mum & Dad too.

    • Eadaoin says:

      Thanks Mairéad! Yeah, people don’t make an appearance very often on the blog, it’s usually flowers & plans, so it’s nice to have Mum & Dad up there ;)

  2. Dee Sewell says:

    Such pretty photos. Have never visited The Secret Garden Centre though have wanted to for a long time sharing their ethos as I do. It’s so far from here I cant justify the trip and not likely to but I just felt like I walked around and drank tea with you :)

    • Eadaoin says:

      I hope you do get to visit at some stage Dee, I know you’d like it there. Next time you find yourself in that part of the countey maybe try to schedule a visit in! x

  3. Mary says:

    What a lovely place to spend an afternoon. I really enjoy visiting our local garden centers – so many wonderful plants, shrubs, trees, and of course all those garden pretties to plant in, sit on, listen to trickles from, and so much more!

    Your parents looked like they were enjoying tea – and from your photos the tea offerings look yummy. Is the very handsome dog Jake? I love his ears.

    I missed commenting on your two previous beautiful posts dear as I was in Japan and Russia! Looking back now I see so much loveliness – thanks so much for sharing Ireland with us.

    Hugs – Mary

    • Eadaoin says:

      Hi Mary, yes that’s Jake with the long fuzzy ears, he gets quite a lot of attention for being so cute ;) He caused a bit of a fuss at this centre though, he’s still a pup and quite… energetic and excitable lol. Hope you had a wonderful trip, I’ll call over to your own blog to see how you got on x

  4. Amaxing photos. I would love to visit.

  5. julie says:

    Ooh! I’m sure even without a garden (beyond a few foot of concrete tiles on a balcony) I can find an excuse to go here, the owners must be delighted with these photos showing the place off so well :)

  6. Lorna says:

    Beautiful photos. We were down in Cork in early Jan but it was when the garden centre was closed. Someday I’ll make it there :)

  7. bridget says:

    Lovely place. Looks like it has everything one could want in a garden centre.

  8. Kerry says:

    looks like my kind of place…tea, gardening and dogs…what more could a girl ask for?!

  9. Brian says:

    Eadaoin thank you so much for taking the time to visit and give us such lovely coverage of the garden centre.

    Brian

  10. Carmel Grant says:

    I just stumbled across your beautiful blog, your photographs are beautiful, clear and colourful. Thanks for sharing …. count me in as a new follower. Also wish I lived near this garden centre ;)

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