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Posted: 19/1/2013

Open Gardens 2013

This is a tempory listing - the full colour version which will include the Gardens Open by Appointment will follow asap


Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 from 2 – 5pm

Mr Sam Harrison, “Beechgrove”,12 Castle Avenue,

Castlewellan,Co.Down,BT31 9DX.

A plantsman’s garden developed over a period of 30 years. Year round

interest is maintained with its wide range of colourful and unusual

plants. The garden is arranged in peninsulas of trees and shrubs which

jut onto the lawns, providing attractive vistas and shelter to many

specimen plants. Features include a fishpond, summer house, island

beds and a woodland walk. Selected seating enhances the benefits

of the scented plants. The garden is wildlife friendly with birds and

butterflies in abundance. Mostly suitable for wheelchairs.

Location: Located withinCastlewellanForestPark. The garden

entrance is the first road on the left (approx. 200 metres) inside the

main gates. Castlewellan Forest Park is signposted in the centre of

Castlewellan town. Plant Stall/Teas

Saturday 18 from 2 – 5pm

Mr John and Mrs Margaret Kennedy, ‘The Linn’, 20 Ballymenoch

Road, Holywood,Co.Down,BT18 0HH.

A delightful mature garden of over two acres, with views overBelfast

Lough. This is a plantsman’s garden containing many unusual trees,

shrubs, herbaceous plants, alpines in troughs and a wide selection of

ferns. There is an arboretum and a glen which has been developed

with sympathetic planting, together with a semi-wild area. Partly

suitable for wheelchairs.

Location: FromBelfasttake the A2 to Holywood. At the third set of

traffic lights turn right intoBangor Roadand immediately left into

Croft Road. After about 0.75 miles turn left intoBallymenoch Road.

FromBangortake the A2 to Holywood. At the first traffic lights

after theBallymenochCountryParkturn left intoBangor Roadand

immediately left intoCroft Road. After about 0.75miles turn left into

Ballymenoch Road. Plant Stall/Teas


Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 from 2 – 5pm

Mr and Mrs Alastair Davidson, The Manor House,15 Main Street,

Eglinton,Co.Londonderry,BT47 3AA.

An interesting garden surrounding the Manor House with a good

selection of shrubs and perennials. There is also a triangular herb

garden and a sunken vegetable garden. Suitable for wheelchairs.

Location: From theA2 Londonderry/Limavady Roadtake Coolfinney

Road to Eglinton. The Manor House is almost directly opposite

the T junction entering Eglinton. Plant Stall/Teas


Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 from 2 - 5pm

Hugh Jackson and Judith O’Keeffe, 30ABallynulto Road,

Glenwherry,Co.Antrim,BT42 4RJ.

Transplanted Canadians Judith and Hugh have accepted the challenges

of gardening in clay soil and windy conditions by planting a prairie style

garden in the “shadow of Slemish”. This easily maintained garden is

surrounded by stunning natural landscape.

Grasses, Crocosmia, Astrantia and Cornus Alba are mass planted to form

textural masses and summer flowing displays. Stone walls contribute

additional texture to this rural site. Mostly suitable for wheelchairs.

Location: A36 Ballymena to Larne, 0.5 miles east of B94 turn left onto

Ballynulto Roadfor 0.8 miles. The garden is on the east side.

Plant Stall/Teas

Saturday 20 and Sunday 2 from 12 – 5pm

Mr and Mrs D. I. Page, Billy Old Rectory,5 Cabragh Road,

Castlecatt, Bushmills,Co.Antrim,BT57 8YH.

A mature garden of three acres on an historic site. To the front of

the Georgian rectory is a large lawn with mature trees, an ancient well

and a developing woodland garden with a small fernery. To the rear

of the house is another large lawn with contrasting borders of roses,

herbaceous plants and shrubs, as well as an attractive pond area. A

wooden rustic fence separates the long herbaceous border from the

kitchen garden, with greenhouse, herb, vegetable and fruit gardens.

Beyond the lawn is a large old orchard with an ancient apple tree at

its centre, as well as an experimental area with wildflowers and annuals.

Partially suitable for wheelchairs.

Location from Ballymena: Take A26 towards Ballymoney. On

Ballymoney by-pass go straight on atKilraughts Roadroundabout then

take 2nd right onto B66 signposted Dervock. Enter Dervock and turn

left (B66) signposted Bushmills. Continue on this road, go through

Derrykeighan. Approx. 2.3 miles after Derrykeighan at Castlecatt turn

right signposted Billy 0.5 miles and then immediately fork left onto Haw

Road. Continue to the Church, turn right ontoCabragh Road, garden is

on the right.

Location from Coleraine:Take Ballycastle Road(B67). At T junction

turn right and then next left,Benvarden Road. At Derrykeighan turn left,

signposted Bushmills and on to Castlecatt, from there as above.

Plant Stall/Teas

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 from 2 - 5pm

Mr Liam and Mrs Nora Greene, Hampstead Hall,40 Culmore Road,

Londonderry,BT48 7RS.

A fascinating city garden in the suburbs ofDerry. It comprises a

Japanese garden, an Italian garden and a formal garden typical of

those in front of Irish Georgian houses. Described and illustrated in

Shirley Lanigan’s ‘The 100 Best Gardens inIreland’. Partially suitable

for wheelchairs.

Location: Follow the signs for the city centre after crossing the

FoyleBridge. After double set of traffic lights take second right into

Baronscourt. House is third driveway on the right. Plant Stall/Teas

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 from  2 – 5 pm

Dr and Mrs Colin Tindall,77 Magheratimpany Road,

Ballynahinch,Co.Down,BT24 8PA.

Delightful 25 acre garden. Includes a cottage garden, rockery, and woodland

with shade loving plants. There is a wonderful collection

of trees, planted by Colin, and a wildlife pond. Partially suitable

for wheelchairs.

Location: South of Ballynahinch A24. 200 yards past the Millbrook Lodge

Hotel turn right onto theBallymaglave Roadtowards Spa. Turn left onto

theMagheratimpany Road. Timpany gardens are on the left hand side.

Plant Stall/Teas

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 from 2 – 5pm

Mr Ken & Mrs Dawn McEntee,7 Main Street, Hillsborough,

Co.Down,BT26 6AE.

An interesting town garden at the rear of the old Barrack House, which runs

down to the original high stone walls ofHillsboroughCastleand is divided

into three different areas, leading to a formal pond in a hidden garden.

Amongst the mature planting is a Gunnera manicata beside the pond, a

magnificent Cornus controversa – the Wedding Cake tree – and

a ‘Rambling Rector’ rose. Suitable for wheelchairs.

Location:Main Street, Hillsborough opposite the parish church. Sunday

car-parking onMain Streetand in town car park beside the church.

Plant Stall/Teas


Saturday 6th  from 2 – 5pm

Misses Mary and Kathleen McKeown, Hill Cottage,

40 Duntybryan Road, Draperstown, Co.Londonderry, BT45 7HL.

A charming one acre garden which is mostly hidden behind the cottage.

There is a large pond surrounded by various shrubs and perennials. The

upper garden takes in a gazebo and a recently erected arbour where you can

sit and view the area of the garden leading down to the pond. The garden

to the front of the house takes the form of a cottage garden; an extensive

view of this garden can be seen while sitting in the summerhouse which is

situated in the bottom right hand corner of the front garden. The garden

was featured on theBBCtelevision programme “GreenmountGardens” and

more recently in the ‘IrishGarden’ magazine. Mostly suitable

for wheelchairs.

Location: From Tobermore and Draperstown

take the B41. Approx 2 miles along the road

there is a bus shelter, (right hand side

coming from Tobermore, left hand

side coming from Draperstown).

Take road at bus shelter (Duntybryan

Road) and the house is approx. 0.25

miles along this road on the left.

White and black cottage style

house – Hill Cottage No 40 is

on the wall. Plant Stall/Teas


Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 from 2 – 5pm

Mr Hubert and Mrs Eveline Milne,248 Armagh Road, Newry,

Co.Down,BT35 6NL.

This half acre garden has been developed since the early 1990s.

Set in the rolling green country ofArmagh, it has many points of

interest. These include a woodland area underplanted with bulbs,

ferns and herbaceous plants. There are two herbaceous borders and

a small rockery bed with alpines and a scree area with rarer plants.

At the back of the house, watched over by Lily the Donkey and

various chickens, is a herb bed and more herbaceous planting. A

collection of fruit bushes leads to a lower walk ending in evergreen

planting. There is a corner filled with containers of plants mentioned

in the Bible and further unusual containers filled with annuals,

hostas and lilies. Mostly suitable for wheelchairs.

Location: Situated just off theArmagh/Newry Road, the house is 7

miles south of Markethill on the left. Coming fromBelfaston A1 take

theArmaghexit off the A1 and follow signs toArmagh. Garden 2.8

miles. Plant Stall/Teas

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 from 2 – 5pm

Mr Malcolm and Mrs Carol Davidson,41 Sandholes Road,

Cookstown,Co.Tyrone,BT80 9AR.

This is a country garden, approx. one acre in size which has been

developing and maturing from 2007. Flower beds have been

established with the use of large stones as surrounds. The beds

comprise of shrubs, perennials, herbaceous plants, roses and

unusual trees which all combine to ensure interesting planting.

Ponds, water features, seating areas and walks all add to this most

tastefully landscaped garden. Partially suitable for wheelchairs.

Location: From Cookstown follow Church Street (A29) towards

Killymoon Road. At the roundabout take the third exit onto

Sandholes Road. From Dungannon follow A29 towards Cookstown.

At the Cookstown roundabout take the first exit onto Sandholes

Road. Plant Stall/Teas

Sunday 18 from 2 - 5pm

Mrs Gladys Fisher,GubluskBay, Ballinamallard, Co.Fermanagh,

BT94 2LW.

A delightful extensive garden with views acrossGubluskBay.

There is a walled garden with a circle of pleached lime trees, a

herbaceous border, a Carpinus archway, and a parterre. The four

acre lawn has shrub beds, a collection of trees, a pond with a bridge,

and there is also a Well that flows intoGubluskBayand beyond

to Lough Erne.

Location: From Enniskillen take theA32 Irvinestown Road, at Trory

roundabout bear left and follow the road signposted B84 and

Airport. Continue on past the Airport and the house and garden are

on the Enniskillen side of the Manor House Country Hotel.

Plant Stall/Teas


Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 from 2 – 5pm

Hugh Jackson and Judith O’Keeffe, 30ABallynulto Road, Glenwherry,

Co.Antrim,BT42 4RJ.

A rare opportunity to re-visit a garden to enjoy the seasonal changes.

Transplanted Canadians Judith and Hugh have accepted the challenges of

gardening in clay soil and windy conditions by planting a prairie style

garden in the “shadow of Slemish”. Grasses, Crocosmia, Astrantia and

Cornus Alba are mass planted to form textural masses. The character

of this easily maintained garden changes completely during the

autumn and winter as the red twig dogwood foil with the waving grasses

and other seed heads. Stone walls contribute additional texture to this

rural site. Mostly suitable for wheelchairs.

Location: A36 Ballymena to Larne, 0.5 miles east of B94 turn left onto

Ballynulto Roadfor 0.8 miles. The garden is on the east side.

Plant Stall/Teas

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 from  2 – 5pm

Mr Noel and Mrs Karen Harrison, Tubber na Carrig,

24 Tubber Road, Kircubbin,Co.Down,BT22 2RR.

A historic small farm and demesne of 30 acres, 11 of which is

in garden and woodland. The 1780’s house which was extended in 1840

has been restored along with much of the garden. The restoration of the

garden is on-going however to date kitchen, walled and sunken garden

have been created together with a lake and the easy short woodland

walks. A Ha Ha affords uninterrupted views from the front of the house

to the farmland. AJapaneseGardenis planned in the near future.

Partially suitable for wheelchairs.

Location: Take the A20 from Newtownards towards Portaferry, passing

the National Trust’sMountStewartgarden, continue through Greyabbey.

After 3.4 miles as you come into Kircubbin turn left intoBlackhall Street

which becomesTubber Road. House is on the left hand side. Follow

Ulster Gardens Scheme signs.

Plants Stall/ Teas and Produce available.

Ulster Gardens Scheme Review Evening

Thursday 21 November 2013 at 7.30pm

at the Old Courthouse, Antrim.

Join members of the Ulster Gardens Scheme Committee and garden

owners for our very popular annual review, when we look back

at another successful season’s garden visiting on behalf of the National

Trust, and enjoy a light supper.

An admission charge of £5.00 per person will be made, to avoid

a drain on National Trust funds.

Pre-booking is essential, as numbers are strictly limited.

Contact The Old Courthouse on 028 9448 1338 to ensure a reservation

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