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The Fuchsia Garden

When looking for things to do in West Cork the Gardens at Lisselan are definitely worth visiting.
The Fuchsia species garden at Lisselan was first thought of in 1999, as a way to extend the flowering season in the gardens. Fuchsia species are at their best from mid July to early November in favourable weather conditions, as long as the frost stays away. Planting commenced in 2002 with 19 species plants received from nurseries in the U.K, as there are no Fuchsia nurseries in Ireland. All Fuchsia species chosen were to keep with the ethos of Robinsonian theme of Lisselan Gardens, a natural mixture of native and exotic species.

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Over the last decade we have extended the collection to over 30 species in the garden with more species to be added as they become more sizable. Some species are too delicate and are on pot display. "To the best of my knowledge this is the only collection in Ireland growing outdoors all year round." John Bevan - Head Gardener.

Lisselan Gardens in West Cork are the only centre in Ireland fully supported by the European Fuschia Society. The Society supplies Lisselan in Clonakilty with fuchsia cuttings and recognize that Lisselan are the only centre in Ireland that have their fuchsia outdoors. Lisselan is also a proud member of the Irish Fuchsia Society. The Irish Fuchsia Society ordered 1st Prize exhibited to the Lisselan Fuchsia Fulgens "Minata" on 16th July 2006. On September 29th, 2007, the Official Opening took place of the New Fuchsia Garden, with Charlie Wilkins taking the honours of cutting the Fuchsia pink ribbon on the day.

The Fuchsia Brand

The Fuchsia Brand is awarded to Tourism products of the region and reflects positive local characteristics such as environmental quality as well as the richness and diversity of the heritage, culture and landscape. Lisselan received this Quality Award in 2005.