Garden Walks

Flower Gardens, Pavilion Garden, Sensory Garden and Garden Walks

Along the Rose Walk
The old fashioned and scented Hybrid Musk Roses which line the Rose Walk are joined by many other species of roses and hybrids. Other perennial plants include Anemone hybida cultivars, Agapanthus, Sidalcea, Echinops, Hemerocallis, Nepeta and Geraniums. The large ground covering of Geranium on the banks are of Geranium maccorhizum and Bergenias.
Music Garden
A well sheltered, colourful and tranquil amphitheatre-like area containing a spacious lawn, ground-level and elevated walks with ample seating, all centred around a Band Stand, where local and visiting Bands and Musical Groups perform.
Bee Garden
For many years wild bees have used this garden to forage for nectar from willows,clover,heathers and other wild flowers. With the planting of the gardens the variety of nectar sources has increased markedly. Red Alder Alnus rubra and Contorta Pines Pinus contorta give shelter to the hives. The enormous range of flowering, nectar producing plants in both the music and sensory gardens as well as the close proximity of the Herb Rich Meadow will ensure that plenty of food and raw materials for honey making are accessible to the bees.
Sensory Garden
The garden hosts many of our most colourful and aromatic flowers and plants. There are ninety-four scented varieties. Specially designed to accommodate physically impaired visitors with gentle slopes and raised garden beds. Whilst seated in the gardens 17th century seating planted with aromatic and therapeutic  Thyme and Camomile one is easily distracted by birdsong, the occasional butterfly as it flutters from plant to plant, or the humming of the bees hastily seeking the many nectar rich plants.
Sensory Garden continued...
This garden varies with the rest of the Park throughout the changing seasons. Daffodils and Narsissii vie with Primula "Wanda" in spring months beneath Daphne mezereum. Earlier Daphne bhoula jaqueline postill is well scented and hardy Pansies are prolific, even seeding on the gravelled paths. Mahonias, Lilacs, Viburnums, Sages and Rosemary all mix scents in the air with Musk Roses and old Cottage Pinks. Lonicera fragrantissima and Standishii are superbly scented shrubs and contribute perfume and shape to the garden. The coppiced Eucalyptus provides aroma and interesting foliage while trees from the bible, including the Manna Ash Fraxinus ornus and "Balm of Gilead" Populus balsamifera, also grow in the lower west side of the garden.
Towards Tertiary Garden
Another special conservation feature of the lower arboretum area, which includes some now rare and threatened species that once grew in ireland thousands of years ago - towards the Tertiary period. A display board indicates the estimated ages when these trees occupied the Irish countryside and their current distribution in other lands.
The Bandstand
An outdoor 'focal point' set in an amphitheatre of extensive landscaped banks and maturing pine trees. A feature in itself as well as being a forum for bands and other recitals.
Pictured above a musical recital by the members of the Cork Butter Exchange Brass and Reed Band.
The Westlakes High School Band
The Westlakes High School Band, Texas, USA performing at the Park on Sunday June 11th 2000.


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