Open Gardens 25 & 26 May 2019

Posted: 23/5/2019

This coming weekend there will be two different Open Gardens - One in Downpatrick, Co Down and the other in the West, in Kesh, Co Fermanagh.

Both gardens will be OPEN on Sat 25 & Sun 26 MAY from 2-5pm

Mr Michael and Mrs Geraldine Galloway, 1 Ballytrustan Road, Downpatrick, BT30 7AQ


This unique seven-acre garden lies in Lecale, four miles east of Downpatrick and was created by the late Dr Magill over the last five decades of the twentieth century. He transformed a disused quarry into a large sheltered amphitheatre surrounded by trees and shrubs.

The present owners have maintained and improved the garden, noted for its collection of rhododendrons. Views into the garden as well as the surrounding countryside are obtained from a circular path through the trees around the quarry rim. Considerable peripheral planting of native trees has been carried out.

The garden is partially suitable for wheelchairs and children must be strictly supervised due to the dangerous cliff faces.

Location: From Downpatrick: follow the B1 Ardglass Road. At the Downshire Hospital continue straight ahead on the Ballyhornan Road. At the next crossroads after Ballyalton, turn left into Ballytrustan Road and the garden is on the right.

Plant stall/teas


Mr Stephen and Mrs Pat Hey, Riverside House, 7 Crevenish Road, Kesh, BT93 1RF

An informal, flower-filled garden that backs onto the Kesh River, located just moments from the centre of the village. The garden illustrates the huge amount of interest that can be created in a relatively small space by inventive owners through the planting of fruit, vegetables, greenhouse, summerhouse, herbaceous plantings, and a variety of flowering shrubs. New views and interesting items surprise the visitor at every turn, from a raised fish pond to re-used historic elements and a beehive. Not generally suitable for wheelchairs due to grass paths and gravelled areas.

Location: 90 metres from the centre of Kesh. From Enniskillen: take the A47 and join the A35 from Irvinestown to Kesh. From Omagh: take the A32 and then the B4 into Kesh. Note: There is no parking available at the property. Parking is available on public roads and in car parks in the village. The area immediately outside the property can accommodate a very small number of disabled visitors and may be restricted to a drop off zone.

Plant stall/teas

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