Every plant in the garden is gearing up to make the most of the summer 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 14 and Sunday 15 May, Mr Richard and Mrs Beverley Brittain, 31b Carrowdore Road, Greyabbey, BT22 2LU are opening the first garden of the 2016 season, from 2pm to 5pm, on behalf of the National Trust, Northern Ireland’s largest conservation charity.
As seen on ‘BBC Northern Ireland’s Greatest Gardens’, this three acre garden is in a reclaimed quarry with natural woodland, ponds and small bridges. Meandering moss paths lead to different areas, including a small vegetable garden and a fruit garden. There is a Summer House perched on the top of the quarry – albeit painted blue! Many benches and viewing areas are also located within the garden.
Planting consists mainly of foxgloves, primulas and camellias, plus a mixture of native and ornamental trees. Diarmuid Gavin described the moss garden as, ‘enchanting’ and Helen Dillon described the garden as, ‘absolutely heavenly’. The garden is partially suitable for wheelchairs and children must be supervised at all times.
Location: From A20 Newtownards to Portaferry Road turn left into Mount Stewart Road towards Ballywalter. After approximately 2 miles turn right into Carrowdore Road towards Greyabbey. The garden is about one mile on the left hand side.
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 Regional Office, contact 028 9751 0721 or visit www.ulstergardensscheme.org.uk