Winter is a time of small, but intense pleasures – a quiet moment watching the flurry of activity at the birdfeeder, the unexpected and powerful scent of viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ or your first pot of Paperwhite’s in full bloom. The beauty of plants encrusted in frost and catching the early morning sun, the warmth of the fire whilst you look at plant books, order seeds and bulbs and dream of how wonderful the garden will be next year. It’s impossible to ignore Christmas – the scent of foliage, the arguments over choosing the perfect tree, trips to the garden centre to buy red cyclamen and berried plants to dress up the front door for visiting guests. Gardeners all want beautiful but practical presents – a shiny new Burgon and Ball hand tool spade, or the yearned for Felco secateurs. If you don’t know what to buy a true gardener, get them the next best thing – a gift voucher, and let them choose for themselves!
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.”