Not only on Garinish Island the bottlebrushes (different species of Callistemon) are enchanting the visitors, they bloom all around Glengarriff. In continental Northern Europe this lovely shrub can only be grown in containers which have to move indoors for the winter time.
The Garinish Island 100 Centenary Talks started successfully last Thursday. The first talk on the “Plant Collection On Garinish Island” was given by Cormac Foley, OPWs well known Park Superintendent, who is undoubtedly one of the best experts on the topics of Garinish Island. Foley took the audience to a 90 minutes trip around the globe, showing and explaining the world-renowned botanical treasures of Garinish Island in detail. Among them is an exceptionally tall Schima The Horticulturalist, who administers big gardens such as Fota, recollected the early years a century ago, when Garinish was bought by the Bryce Family in August 1910 to be converted into a most impressive garden island.
Cormac Foley also touched on the future of Garinish Island: The clock tower is undergoing refurbishment, the Casita will be opened to the public this summer, a centenary garden with some very special plants will be opened to mark the 1ooth anniversary. Even plans to open the gardener´s cottage to the public are slowly taking shape. Within two years the closed-off cottage in the north-eastern part of Garinish could start telling the story of the Bryces and of garden architect Harold Peto. Well advanced plans include a team room or small restaurant and an art gallery.