another glorious garden island

Garinish Island GlengarriffI went to see the kind of a “sister-island” in Southern Germany:
Mainau. The exotic old trees – including huge palms, some flowering
osmanthus, the rose garden and many other details strongly reminded me
of Garinish. Even the original family wasn’t purely local/German: 1932 Count Lennart Bernadotte inherited the overgrown isle with traces of celtic inhabitants from his father, the Swedish King Gustav V. A decade ago they had 2 mill. visitors p/y!!!! Why shouldn´t Garinish and Mainau start a European garden partnership to exchange expertise, to market each other and to promote common ideals?

the blue pool ferry

Garinish Island GlengarriffThe Blue Pool Ferry leaves from the most beautiful Blue Pool in Glengarriff to Garinish Island. The name reflects the amazing colour of the water on sunny a day. The boatmen Tony, John Henry and Peter did their very best to prepare the boats for the summer season. While the “Blue Pool I” started services to Garinish Island on April 2, the “Blue Pool 2” got an extra paint finish from John Henry O´Sullian (photo) in “dry dock”.

valuable roman and grecian artefacts

Garinish Island GlengarriffThe Bryces used to collect old Roman and Greek antiquities. On Garinish Island you can find an ancient sarcophagus (in the Walled Garden), the noble temple came from Greece, a pot which is hundreds of years old containing a bonsai larch which is about 200 years of age, a lovely copy of the famous Mercury of the Medici in Florence and many, many astonishing details on the buildings.

Garinish Island GlengarriffBut why is there (at least) one of the artefacts thrown in the dirt (near the pier)?

the former tennis courts

Garinish Island GlengarriffThe enchanted place with the benches under two huge magnolia treees, at the southwest entrance to the walled garden, used to be the sand tennis court of the Bryces. It was the very first structure built by the Bryces, long before any building was started. Outside the hedge around it – today it is the lawn area below the casita – there were two more tennis courts and a croquet place. In former times it was the bog providing fuel for the inhabitants of the island. It was drained around Easter of 1911 and the first games were played in August 1911.