Open Gardens 2019

Open gardens offer a rare opportunity to explore the secrets of hidden and private gardens not usually open to the public and the Ulster Gardens Scheme is bringing together a spectacular array for summer 2018. Whether you’re a keen gardener eager for some helpful tips, or you simply enjoy the splendour and beauty of unusual plants, there will be something for everyone to enjoy in charming surroundings. While you’re there browse the plant stalls for that special plant or relax with a cup of tea.

Opening Times from 2pm to 5pm

Admission £4

All funds raised help support National Trust gardens in Northern Ireland

It is regretted that dogs cannot be admitted even on a lead and thatNational Trust Membership Cards are not valid for entry to private gardens open under the scheme.


Mr T McCaw and Mr T Raju, Fernhill Cottage Gardens, Ballynahinch

22/6/2019 14:00 - 17:00
Fernhill Cottage Gardens, 44 Dunmore Road, Spa, Ballynahinch, BT24 8PR

A new plant lover’s garden developed by the owners over the past 5 ½ years, overlooking Slieve Croob. The garden is on an exposed windy site with themed island beds and borders having spring bulbs, woodland plants and colourful perennials, shrubs, trees and an orchard.

Joy and Maurice Parkinson, Ballyclare

29/6/2019 - 30/6/2019
154 Ballyrobert Road, Ballyclare, BT39 9RT

Robinsonian style garden containing one of the Province’s most extensive plant collections laid out in sweeping borders and intimate settings. Delightful features including the traditional entrance, a fairy tree, a ‘hole’ tree and a two-acre ‘spiral’, sit handsomely alongside a formal garden, lawns, lake, streams, orchard, meadows and woodland.

Mr and Mrs J Rafferty, Ballymena

10/8/2019 - 11/8/2019
The Mill House, 140 Ballynashee Road, Glenwherry, Ballymena, BT42 2EW

This serene five-acre country garden was featured in BBC’s ‘Greatest Gardens’ with Helen Dillon and Diarmuid Gavin in 2015. Woodland plantings of beech, oak, spruce and silver birch are linked by stone paths, approximately half-a-mile in total, with seating at points of special interest.