Autumn – Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Keats summed up the season perfectly. For gardeners it’s a time to take stock of the season, harvest and plan ahead for the following spring. A visit to the garden centre to choose bulbs is one of the treats of the season, and then the perfect sunny Autumn afternoon in the garden, planting them and dreaming of the most welcome burst of colour they will provide in the spring. Trees are the showstoppers of the season – turning spectacular shades or red and gold before losing all their finery to the wind. Fortunately raking leaves is excellent exercise, and leaf mould exceptionally good for the garden.
Welcome to The Secret Garden
A Greener Garden Centre
The Secret Garden is tucked away in the beautiful countryside of North Cork. Stocking a wide range of plants, trees, shrubs, perennials and gardening sundries, it’s the perfect place to come and find something different for your garden. We may be a little off the beaten track, but we think we’re worth the journey!
Many of our visitors describe The Secret Garden as being North Cork’s prettiest garden centre, as the garden centre naturally flows into our own established garden which is abundant with wildlife making a visit a relaxing occasion. The ducks and hens will always greet you as they wander through the garden centre. If you’re looking for inspiration, order a cup of coffee and some gorgeous cake from the tea room, grab one of our gardening books and find a quiet corner to hide away in and enjoy the birdsong and tranquillity.
The Secret Garden Centre is a family run business that was established in 1996 by the previous owners. The current owners Sarah and Brian took over in May 2002. It has developed and grown in the past nine years to become recognised as one of Munster’s leading Garden Centres while still retaining a personal touch.
Our hard work has paid off with the garden centre receiving several awards. In February 2008 The Secret Garden was awarded the Bord Bia 3 star rating, as well as Best Specialist Garden Centre at the National Amenity Horticulture Awards. Best Specialist Centre The Secret Garden – Judges comments “This charming plant based centre is appropriately named. Plants are what they do and they do them very well with a focus on choice and good quality, presented in an attractive personal way.”