My parents were visiting from the States recently and when we were heading back from Kinsale to Nenagh we decided to visit Fota House as it was a particularly miserable day at the start. But by the time we had toured Fota House- the skies finally cleared and we were able to have a good walk through the gardens before getting back in the car.
As Fota House and the lands are all situated on Fota Island, it creates the perfect shelter and warms the soil. In fact, Fota is derived from the Irish " Fod Te" - meaning warm soil. The island provides and ideal setting for growing and cultivating exotic plants and trees which is something the Smith-Barry Family recognized early on enabling them to develop the arboretum and gardens.
The arboretum and gardens were begun back in the 1840's and while we did no have time to walk through the arboretum, we did get through the gardens .
I particularly liked the l'orangerie and while there are not a lot of plants in it- the structure itself lent itself well to some beautiful images.
Unfortunately, the website does not mention the l'orangerie so I am not sure when this was built but I'll do some sleuthing and try to find out more. I guess I just wanted to do a simple post focusing on the images today.