When William Beswick, Head Gardener at Fota House, attended the County Cork Agricultural Spring Show in 1903, the weather was good. The Band of the 4th Battalion Manchester Regiment played military marches and ragtime music. As the judge in the fruit section, he had high standards and declared that “The specimens were neatly prepared but there was room for improvement”. Nonetheless, he awarded prizes for cooking and eating apples (home grown) to some of his neighbours – Robert Samual Topp of Glanmire and Ludlow Beamish of Ashcroft, Queenstown.
Today’s blog is written by Hazel, one of our volunteers, who, like many of the other volunteers, brings a rich, personal heritage of gardening experience to her work in the Fota Victorian Working Garden.