Ulster Gardens Scheme announce open gardens schedule for 2017
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.
The Ulster Gardens Scheme kicks off on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May, when Lady Nicholson, Ballyalloly House, 19 Ballyalloly Road, Comber, BT23 5PN opens her garden from 2pm to 5pm, on behalf of the National Trust, Northern Ireland’s largest conservation charity.
Originally designed by the late Hugh Armitage Moore of Rowallane, this beautiful, mature garden of approximately six acres has a wide range of rare shrubs, mature trees, herbaceous plants and many other horticultural delights. The lawn sweeps down from the house to a large pond at the bottom of the garden. The damp area surrounding the pond is planted with swathes of candelabra primula, azalea, rhododendron and rodgersia. Bluebells have naturalised in abundance. Head gardener Adam McMurray will be in attendance. Walking shoes or wellies are recommended and this is partially suitable for wheelchairs.
Location: From Comber, take the Saintfield Road; turn right after one mile on to the Hillsborough Road and right again after a further mile on to Ballyalloly Road.
From Belfast: Follow the Ballygowan Road from the Castlereagh Road for approximately 4 miles, turn left on to the B178 (junction of Ballygowan and Comber/Hillsborough Road), Ballyalloly Road is third on left.
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 and relax with a refreshing cup of tea.
The Ulster Gardens Scheme 2017 open gardens schedule continues through to August:
- Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May Lady Nicholson, Comber
- Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May Lorna and John Reid, Holywood
- Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June Lord and Lady Anthony Hamilton Enniskillen
- Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June Dawn and Ken McEntee Hillsborough
- Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July Hugh Jackson and Judith O’Keeffe Glenwherry
- Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July Mr and Mrs D I Page Bushmills
- Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August Mr Andrew and Mrs Heather White Craigavon
For further details, pick up the Ulster Gardens Scheme leaflet available from our 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.