Archives for July 2017

Garden visit to Aughentaine Estate, July 2017

Sixty- two members and guests of the IGPS had a wonderful day out to Aughentaine Estate, on the outskirts of Fivemiletown, County Tyrone, home of James and Caro Hamilton Stubber.  It was a beautiful sunny day, we enjoyed a lovely picnic lunch on the front terrace and afterwards Caro very kindly treated us to a delicious pudding, tea/coffee and homemade traybakes.  We had a plant sales table and afterwards James gave a short talk on the history of the estate, illustrated by colourful photos on a large display board.
Designed in the mid 1950’s by Percy Crane, and created over the last 50 years by Mrs John Hamilton Stubber, the extensive gardens at Aughentaine cover some 12 acres and are on an elevated site with magnificent views.  They range from formal terraced herbaceous borders to planted parkland, a walled kitchen garden and an attractive woodland glen sheltering a collection of specimen rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas and trees.
James and Head Gardener Barbara Carleton, guided us around the garden on a wonderful tour, pointing out special plants combined with interesting stories.  At the end of the day, Billy McCone presented the book ‘Irish Heritage Plants – Plandaí Oidhreachta’ as a gift each to Caro and Barbara.  Many thanks again James, Caro and Barbara, it certainly was a fabulous day!  
Many thanks to Barbara Kelso for text and photographs.

July Events 2017

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Doreen Wilson’s Garden, July 2017

Doreen and Ivan Wilson came to a new house on a hill above Dundonald between Belfast and Newtownards some 36 years ago. It was sitting in a “…barren, wind-swept field”. This is hard to believe today as the garden they have made is filled with unusual shrubs and trees, eye-catching colour combinations, a lushly planted pond and an immaculate, orderly vegetable plot. From the start the garden has been run on organic principles and, in addition to the three large compost heaps, there are comfrey leaves soaking in a butt and a wormery.

Our host, Doreen.

Some of the choice plants we admired included a colourful selection of Roscoea, a very deep blue Iris which sadly had come without a name and several pergolas festooned with scented climbing roses. In addition there was the unusual Weigelia middendorfiana in full flower, a rare Chinese tree Emmanopterys henryi found by and named in honour of Augustine Henry whose large glossy leaves contrasted beautifully with Cornus ‘Porlock, and the exotic-looking Amicia zygomeris which Doreen over-winters in the ground with just a small amount of protection.
Windy – possibly; barren – absolutely not!

One of several Hydrangea paniculata grown by Doreen

Emmenopterys with Cornus.

With thanks to Maeve Bell for images and text.