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Hester Forde

Cosheen Garden

Situated on the estuary of Cork harbour ‘Coosheen’ houses a unique collection of plants which provide year round interest. It has been described by Shirley Lanigan in her book The 100 Best Gardens in Ireland as ‘nothing short of a tour de force’.

Hester Forde has an insatiable appetite for plants which makes this a must see garden for the plant enthusiast. A series of raised beds and troughs are home to rare and unusual smaller perennials, alpines and bulbs. It is truly a woodland garden in a suburban space and is home to an expansive collection of fashionable woodland plants that creates a wonderful tapestry of foliage in the springtime. A clever choice of trees for the smaller garden combined with a circular lawn give an illusion of space and provide a magnificent backdrop for the plant collection.

‘Coosheen’ is also home to an outstanding private snowdrop collection and opens annually in February for snowdrop days.

The garden has featured in RHS Garden Magazine (May 2017) in an article entitled ‘Popping the Cork’, in Gardens Illustrated (Feb 2018) as ‘Nod to the Irish’ and in Eden, a Belgian publication, under ‘Jardin du Sud.

Book a Visit

Opening Hours : Coosheen is open May 1st – September 30thAdmission : €6 Groups need twelve or more people and are by appointment only at 086 8654972 or through [email protected]

Groups with guided tour €7 per person or €10 per person with tea/coffee and cake


Coosheen is situated just outside Glounthaune village on an estuary of Cork Harbour. From Cork proceed eastwards on the N25 taking Exit 2 towards Glounthaune. Drive past church and shop on left and take first left immediately after railway station (on your right), followed by immediate right around open green area. The garden is second last house surrounded by high beech hedge with wrought iron gates.

Eircode : T45CC42 

Public transport hourly by train from Kent station, Cork, to Glounthaune on Cobh/Midleton line (11 mins).

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