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 30 and Sunday 31 July, John and Erica Lund, Orchard Garth, Old Kilmore Road, Moira, BT67 0LZ will be opening their garden from2pm to 5pm, on behalf of the National Trust, Northern Ireland’s largest conservation charity.
This is the first time that this one acre garden has been open to the public. Created over the past 20 years, the garden is an attractive melange of lawn, shrubs and herbaceous plants. The owners have transformed a field, replanted an orchard and provided a shelter belt of native trees.
A pond, with fish and other pond wildlife, was created out of an old railway bridge which had stood on the Kilmore Road in Lurgan. While an old family statue of Master McGrath presides over the pond and spacious terrace. Vegetables are grown in raised beds and there are splendid herbaceous borders. The garden is full of colour and variety with garden seats to provide rest and the opportunity to enjoy bird life in an individual and special place. The garden is partially suitable for wheelchairs.
Location: Exit M1 at Junction 9 and take A3 into Moira Village. At top of village take the Old Kilmore Road exit off roundabout. The garden is one mile from the roundabout and there is parking in an adjoining field.
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 visitwww.ulstergardensscheme.org.uk