Fota Arboretum & Gardens

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Address and contact details
Fota Island, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork, Ireland
Tel: 353 (0)21 4812728, 353 087 7907299
Fax: 353 (0)21 4812728
Web site:
Latitude: 51° 54' 0" N
Longitude: 08° 21' 00" W
Background to the collection
Year founded:1840
Ownership:Office of Public Works
Garden code:FOTA
Park Superintendent: Cormac Foley
Head Gardener: David B. O'Regan
Contact person: David B. O'Regan
Total Staff:5
Total Horticultural Staff:5
Collections:The implicit policy is to conserve and restore the present collection while extending it where appropiate.
Physical environment
Altitude:0 m
Soil type:Loam, acid
Total area:12 ha
Area heated:none
Weather recordsNo records kept. Information below from Roches Point weather station
Average daily:10.2 °C
Av. monthly max:15.6 °C
Av. monthly min:5.4 °C
Absolute maximum:27.5 °C
Absolute minimum:-7.2 °C
Average annual:1052 mm
Month of maximum:August
Month of minimum:July
Plant collection
Notable plants within the collection:
Tallest in British Isles Liriodendron chinense, Phoenix canariensis, Cryptomeria japonica 'Spiralis', Phyllocladus trichomanoides; tallest in Ireland Pinus wallichiana; greatest girth known Torreya californica; Tallest in Ireland Abies pindrow, Picea spinulosa, Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca', Magnolia macrophylla, M.kobus, M.hypoleuca, M.wiseri.
Special families within the collections:
Agavaceae, Palmae, Pinaceae, Platanaceae, Taxaceae, Taxodiaceae, Myrtaceae
Special genera within the collections:
Cedrus, Cinnamomum, Gevuina, Liriodendron, Magnolia, Metasequoia, Phoenix, Sequoia, Sequoiadendron, Torreya, Phyllocladus.
Special collections:
Conifer, ICCP – 7 Genera, 13 Species, 13 Taxa, 17 Plants.
Record Keeping:Kept since 1840
Record System:unknown
Plant-collecting trips:No
Facilities on site
Research facilities:No
Publications:Garden catalogue (1995), Index seminum
Teaching and Education:Primary, potential for secondary, higher, taxonomic, and public education
Interpretation:Supervised garden walks, brochures
Friends Organisation:Yes
Visitor facilities:Yes, Fota House, teashop.
Access to the collections
Public access:Free
Public opening hours:Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-5pm
Guiding principles behind the collection
To conserve the present collection and extend it where appropiate.
Location map
Location map

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