Ulster Gardens Scheme announce open gardens for 2018

garden in Dungannon
Published : 06 Jun 2018

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.

On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June, Mr Will Hamilton, 3 Ballyutoag Hill, Nutts Corner, Crumlin. BT29 4UH is opening the garden of Holly House from 2-5 pm on behalf of the National Trust, Northern Ireland’s largest conservation charity.

Holly House garden is an area of six acres created out of farmland over the past 17 years. The garden comprises woodlands, herbaceous borders and an iris garden where thousands of spring and summer bulbs have been planted. There is an alpine bed, wildlife ponds and a newly planted shrub and woodland garden. Also, in contrast to the traditional parts there is a modern contemporary garden.

Location: From Belfast go to Carlisle Circus and take the Crumlin Road, following signs for Crumlin/International Airport (A52). After three miles, reaching the Horse Shoe Bend, continue for four miles approximately. Turn left onto Ballyutoag Hill and the garden is the first entrance on the right.

From the West: From Moira (M1) roundabout follow sign to International Airport and after 11 miles come to Nutts Corner roundabout. Take the road to Belfast (A52) and after four miles turn right onto Ballyutoag Hill and the garden is first entrance on the right.

Enjoy a summer’s day wandering around this secret garden paradise and pick up a few tips for your own garden. While you are there buy some plants in the plant stall.

The Ulster Gardens Scheme 2018 open gardens schedule continues through to August:

Mrs A Buchanan's garden in Magherafelt
garden in Magherafelt
Mrs A Buchanan's garden in Magherafelt

Ulster Gardens Scheme dates 2018

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May Mr and Mrs Nelson McCracken, Kircubbin

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June Mr Will Hamilton, Crumlin

Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June Mrs Cherry Townsend, Islandmagee

Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July Alan and Esmee Stewart, Crumlin

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July Mr and Mrs Z Huda, Dungannon

Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 August Mr and Mrs W McKelvey, Newry

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August Mrs A Buchanan, Magherafelt

For further details, pick up the Ulster Gardens Scheme leaflet available from National Trust Regional Office, contact 028 9751 0721 or visit www.ulstergardensscheme.org.uk

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.

Admission £4