Nested in the hills high above Cork, with distant views of the River Lee, Lakemount seems to blend into it's verdant landscape. In this beautiful corner of Ireland, Brian Cross has created, according to the Royal Horticultural Society, one of Ireland's "flagship gardens".
The Garden was started in the early 1950's by Mrs. Peggy Cross. Originally a chicken and fruit farm, the site overlooking the river Lee is on acid soil.
A shelter bed of trees and shrubs help to reduce the relentless winds. A plants persons garden which has many unusual features including paved courtyards, cottage garden, plant house, ponds, contemporary pots, seating areas and focal points.
Visited by groups from all over the world, spring colour includes Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Pieris, followed in summer by Herbaceous plants. Autumn interest includes Hydrangeas, Agapanthus, Nerines, Acers trees etc.
Unlike most gardens, Lakemount can be described as a garden for all seasons. Careful selection of plants and shrubs provides all-year round spectacle. No matter what the month, there are always plants of interest and exciting planting compositions within the garden's borders. The key to this is how Brian treats each season individually by using different layers of planting to create maximum impact and interest from tiny, low growing plants to shrubs and trees. A true Irish Garden.