Ballyrobert Cottage Garden, Ballyclare – rare opportunity to explore hidden gardens as part of Ulster Gardens Scheme @NationalTrustNI

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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 has a spectacular array of gardens waiting to be enjoyed this summer.

The 2014 season continues as Mr and Mrs Maurice Parkinson open the gates to Ballyrobert Cottage Garden, 154 Ballyrobert Road, Ballyclare on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 August from 2pm to 5pm.

Maurice and Joy have designed and created a beautiful and unique Ulster Cottage Garden where the built and natural heritage combines with horticultural excellence to stunning effect. This six acre garden has one of the biggest collections of cottage garden plants in Northern Ireland and has been featured in Shirley Lanigan’s book ‘Best 100 Gardens in Ireland’  The garden is partially suitable for wheelchairs.  Plants will be available from the adjacent Nursery and teas served in the Garden Tea Room.

Location: Ballyrobert Cottage Garden, 154 Ballyrobert Road, Ballyclare BT39 9RT

Situated on the edge of Ballyrobert village on B59 between Corrs Corner roundabout at Glengormley and Ballyclare.
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What better way to spend a balmy summer’s day than wandering around other people’s secret paradises. Whether you have a special interest in plants and garden design or simply enjoy beautiful and unusual plants in attractive combinations, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

They say a garden is a friend you can visit anytime and while normally they would be kept behind closed gates, the Ulster Gardens Scheme offers the opportunity to explore the secrets and hidden treasures of wonderful private gardens.

For further information or a copy of the 2014 Ulster Gardens Scheme leaflet please contact National Trust Regional Office on 028 9751 0721 or visit

Admission £3 – all funds raised help support National Trust gardens in Northern Ireland.

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