Every plant in the garden is gearing up to make the most of the summer sunshine and there is no better way to appreciate the colourful blooms and luscious green foliage than to visit the Ulster Gardens Scheme’s fabulous array of open gardens.
On Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 May, Mr Michael and Mrs Geraldine Galloway, 1 Ballytrustan Road, Downpatrick, BT30 7AQ are opening their garden from 2pm to 5pm, on behalf of the National Trust, Northern Ireland’s largest conservation charity.
This unique seven acre garden lies 4 miles east of Downpatrick in the countryside of Lecale where it was created by the late Dr Magill over the last five decades of the 20th century. He transformed a disused quarry into a large sheltered amphitheatre surrounded by trees and shrubs. The garden is noted for its collection of rhododendrons. Views into the garden as well as to the surrounding countryside are obtained from a circular path through the trees around the quarry rim. Considerable peripheral planting of native trees has been carried out. The garden is partially suitable for wheelchairs and children must be strictly supervised due to the dangerous cliff faces.
Location: From Downpatrick follow the B1 Ardglass road. At Downshire Hospital continue straight ahead on the Ballyhornan Road. At the next crossroads after Ballyalton turn left into Ballytrustan Road and the garden is on the right.
Enjoy a summer’s day wandering around other people’s secret paradises and pick up a few tips for your own garden. While you are there buy some plants and relax with a refreshing cup of tea.
The organising committee is grateful to all the garden owners and very much appreciates all the hard work that goes into preparing the gardens. All funds raised by the Ulster Gardens Scheme are used for work in National Trust gardens in Northern Ireland.
Full details of open gardens are in the Ulster Gardens Scheme leaflet available from National Trust Regional Office, contact 028 9751 0721 or visit www.ulstergardensscheme.org.uk