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An Introduction to NGS NI

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Learn more about National Gardens Scheme Northern Ireland (NGS NI).


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Preliminary Announcement - NATIONAL GARDENS SCHEME comes to Northern Ireland.

Death of David Cook

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It was with great sadness that we learnt of the death of David Cook last week. David was husband to one of our ex committee members Fionnuala Cook OBE. David was frequently one of our willing volunteers at Open Gardens. We extend our deepest sympathy to Fionnuala and the family circle.

Statement Sat 7th March 2020

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Owing to the proposed fundamental change in governance arrangements between the National Trust and the Ulster Gardens Scheme, the Ulster Gardens Scheme committee have, with great reluctance, decided that they are unable to continue to operate the scheme.

Open Gardens Scheme 2020

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Holding Statement:
The UGS Committee are sad to report that for a variety of reasons the Open Gardens Scheme is not likely to operate in the 2020 season.
The hard working committee are in discussions to attempt rescue the situation!
More information will be released as soon as there is any update on the situation!

Open Garden 29 & 30th June

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Open Garden 29 & 30th June open from 2-5pm

Joy and Maurice Parkinson,154 Ballyrobert Road, Ballyclare, BT39 9RT

Next Open Garden Saturday 22nd June 2019

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The next Open Garden will be on Saturday 22nd June from 2pm to 5pm at Fernhill Cottage Gardens, 44 Dunmore Road, Spa, Ballynahinch, BT24 8PR


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DUE TO FAMILY BEREAVEMENT THE OPENING OF THE GARDEN of Mr Michael and Mrs Geraldine Galloway, Downpatrick this weekend HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Open Gardens 25 & 26 May 2019

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

Ulster Gardens Scheme Luncheon 2019

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The annual Ulster Gardens Scheme Luncheon will take place on Sat 2 March 2019.

Open Garden - Sat 11th and Sunday 12th August 2018 from 2-5pm

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Open Garden on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12 August 2018 from 2-5 pm at the home of Mrs A Buchanan at 28 Killyfaddy Road, Magherafelt, BT45 6EX


Open Garden - Sat 7th and Sunday 5th August 2018 from 2-5 pm

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The next Open Garden will be on Sat 7th and Sunday 5th August 2018 from 2-5 pm at the home of Mr & Mrs Wm MCkelvey at 7 Mount Charles North, Bessbrook, Newry, BT35 7DW

Open Garden - Sat 7th and Sunday 8th July 2018 from 2-5pm

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The Garden of Dr & Mrs Z Huda at 50 Killyman Road, Dungannon, BT71 6DE will be open on 

Sat 7th and Sunday 8th July from 2-5pm

Open Garden Sat 30 & Sun 1st July 2018

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The next Open Garden will be on Sat 30 & Sun 1st July 2018

Tall Trees Cottage, 18 Garlandstown Road, Crumlin, Co. Antrim, BT29 4HH

Open Garden 23/24 June 2018

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Open Sat 23rd & Sunday 24th June 2-5pm

Kilcoan Gardens, Islandmagee

240 Middle Road, Islandmagee, Larne BT40 3TG

Next Open Garden 16/17 June 2018

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Next Open Garden is Holly House Garden, 3 Ballyutoag Hill, Nts Corner, Crumlin, BT29 4UH

Opens Gardens for 2018 new web layout

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We are happy to publish the Open Gardens for the 2018 season. We hope and trust you will enjoy the new layout and presentation on the website!

Be sure to check back regularly!

Review Evening 2017

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Reminder - BOOK NOW

Thursday 16th November 2017 at 7.30pm in the great venue of 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 (including supper) 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. 

Billy Old Rectory Opening 29/30 July Video

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Check out a short video record of Billy Old Rectory Open Garden 29/30 July 2017

Garden Opening 13/14 August 2017

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The final Opening of the season will be on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August from 2–5pm at the home of Mr Andrew and Mrs Heather White, Summerhill, 77 Mullavilly Road, Tandragee, Craigavon, BT62 2LX

Opening Sat 29th & Sunday 30 July

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The next opeing will be on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July from 2–5pm at the home of Mr and Mrs D I Page. One not to be missed - the garden of Billy Old Rectory, 5 Cabragh Road, Castlecat, Bushmills, BT57 8YH

Open Garden Sat 17th & Sunday 18th June

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Saturday 17 and Sunday 18  June 2–5pm

Lord and Lady Anthony Hamilton

Killyreagh House, 8 Ballylucas Road, Tamlaght, Enniskillen, BT74 4HX

Mixed informal gardens with abundant herbaceous borders and flowering shrubs. Lawns and paths lead through mature camellia, magnolia and rhododendron under-planted with vinca ‘major’, white daffodils, trillium etc (this area is attractive, natural and wild, but no longer in flower by June). There are also beautiful views over surrounding fields, woodland and hills, woodland walks, azaleas etc. and a vegetable garden.

Garden Opening 27/28 May 2017

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The second opening of this season will be the Garden of Lorna and John Reid, 3 Cedar Lane, Station Road, Craigavad, Holywood BT18 0BW
This true plantsman's garden is situated within the original estate of the historic Lorne House, built in 1875 by Henry Campbell, a wealthy linen merchant.

Garden Opening 20/21 May 2017

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Garden Open This weekend. The garden of Lady Nicholson, Ballyalloly House, 19 Ballyalloly Road, Comber, BT23 5PN on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May from 2–5pm

Web site Information Update

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The UGS Web pages have now been updated to reflect the 2017 Open Gardens and the Gardens Open by Appointment.