We recently returned from a beautiful tour to Ireland. Around the city Cork and in the District of West Cork we visited some amazing gardens. Private gardens like Cosheen, Hillside, Beechwood and Derreen combined with Blarney Castle and Garinish Island guarantee a great time! Private garden owners received us with open arms and were willing to share their gardens with us. The almost subtropical climate means that plants thrive, even those normally native to Australia and New Zealand! And of course, singing songs with the locals over a couple of pints of Guinness in the evenings ensured that we all had the best time ever !