MARDYKE GARDENS, CORK
Mardyke virtual tour: http://goo.gl/maps/mmyyM
The Mardyke Gardens project delivers a refreshing take on traditional recreational pursuits in Fitzgerald’s Park – musical performance, horticultural display and social gathering – all combined in two key design areas of the park, The Front Lawn and Gallery Garden.The thoughtful reimagining of the park, driven by the relocation of the bandstand to the front lawn was integral to the success of the scheme and of reinventing the park. The pavilion is now a modern landmark, conjuring memories of the grand band stand of the international exhibition held at the site in 1902. Its success has acted as a catalyst for community engagement and has facilitated a range of events enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. As an icon of collective memory, it forms the heart of a wider community, designed to serve diverse ages and interests.The Gallery Garden is a new park hub, a multi-functional garden setting incorporating the park’s café, an exhibition and performance space, a children’s play facility and the Sky Garden pod which overlooks the River Lee.
The International Exhibition of 1902 showcased emerging technologies and industries of that period while the Mardyke Gardens project provides a contemporary expose of excellence in outdoor entertainment, recreation and horticulture.
Traditional elements of the park have been given due consideration which has seen specialist conservation and restoration techniques brought to bear in restoring the central pond fountain which also dates from the 1902 Exhibition.
The project is funded by Failte Ireland under its Tourism Product Development Scheme and is part of a programme to develop a world class horticultural tourist trail linking Mardyke Gardens with gardens at University College Cork, Fota Arboretum and Gardens, Blarney Castle Gardens and a number of private gardens.