Garden Opening 14th & 15th June 2014

Posted: 11/6/2014

The garden of Mr & Mrs J Rafferty, Glenwerry, nr Ballymena will be open from 2pm to 5pm this weekend for the first time. One not to be missed.

Mr and Mrs J Rafferty, The Mill House, 140 Ballynashee Road, Glenwherry, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, BT42 3EW.

On the banks of the Glenwherry River is a five acre country garden which has been transformed over 20 years from hill farmland to wooded haven. There are two large ponds fed from the weir by an old mill race. The larger pond (approx. 0.5 acre) has a jetty, an island and is home to brown trout and a collection of water lilies and aquatic marginals. It is surrounded by raised stone beds filled with hundreds of primulas, hostas and other mixed planting to give all year interest. A series of woodland planting of beech, birch, spruce and 150 rhododendrons are linked by stone paths with seats at points of particular interest. Partially suitable for wheelchairs.

Location: The garden is situated on the Ballynashee Road, half a mile from the main Ballymena/Larne Road (A36). Approx. 10 miles from Ballymena and 10 miles from Larne. From Ballyclare: Take the Colin Road (B94) to the Five Corners pub. Take second road on the right (Sawmills Road). Drive approx. one mile to crossroads and turn left onto Ballynashee Road. Drive 2.8 miles to bridge, garden is on the left. From Broughshane: Take Rathkeel Road (B94) towards Ballyclare. After approx. 6 miles at T junction turn left onto A35. After approx. three miles turn right onto Ballynashee Road. House on right. (Please park on Ballynashee Road.) Plant Stall/ Teas


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