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We will visit two gardens on this occasion:
NUMBER 1: At 11.00a.m.: KATHERINE NIXON’S GARDEN, 48 BALLYDORN ROAD, KILLINCHY, COUNTY DOWN BT23 6QB
This young garden on Strangford Lough explores a range of habitats across five acres from saltwater to boulder clay.
At the water’s edge, the artist Katherine Nixon has defined a landmark barn, original stackyard and potager. Further south-west, a courtyard collection of flowering shrubs and perennials, mostly scented and many from the house in south County Dublin where Katherine was born. These provide all-year-round privacy, shelter and a succession of tableaux vivants .
On the other side of the Ballydorn Road, two small chemical-free meadows, copses, a well and turlough support an increasing variety of wildlife including self-sown orchids and James Nixon’s honey bees. There are amazing open views from the top of the drumlin. Elsewhere, everywhere, a fine balance is struck between containment and seeing through to the wider world.
This is a sensual garden at every level. PLEASE DO TOUCH, smell, taste, look and listen..
N.B. Very limited parking on roadside. Suggest leave cars at Public Car Park on main Whiterock Road opposite Daft Eddy’s and double up for last leg to the verge by the field opposite the garden. No parking in lane.
Shelter in barn and conservatory for those who wish to bring a picnic.
Light lunches suggestions, Daft Eddy’s Café or Restaurant; Mufflers at Balloo; Old Post Office, Lisbane.
ADMISSION ~~~ KATHERINE HAS GENEROUSLY DECIDED THAT NO ADMISSION FEE WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE VISIT, WE ARE ALL HER GUESTS!
NUMBER 2 at 2.30p.m. KNOX GASS ‘ GARDEN, 5 BALLY MORRAN RD. KILLINCHY, COUNTY DOWN, BT23 4SD
The Gass’s moved to this garden just nine years ago, so you need to view it as a young project.
Knox is attempting to divide it up into various areas, but this still requires time to become effective. There is a small ‘woodland’ area, a large lawn bordered by shrubs and trees, herbaceous borders each timed for different seasons, a fruit cage, propagation and a composting area. There are still corners where work is ongoing in this evolving garden.
Knox is looking forward to our visit and anticipates that you will encounter some plants with which you are unfamiliar.
PARKING IS DIFFICULT SO CAR SHARING WILL BE ESSENTIAL FROM YOUR CHOSEN LUNCH VENUE
ADMISSION ~~~MEMBERS AND VISITORS £3.00
ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE VISIT WILL GO TO THE NATIONAL TRUST
Although the original house and garden are 35 years old, it was only in the past 10 years, when the owner retired, that much gardening has taken place. Trees and hedges were planted as a shelter belt from the cold frosts that roll down from the Craigantlet Hills and the strong westerlies that blow up from Strangford Lough. Largely a country garden with a wide variety of herbaceous plants, some unusual shrubs including ‘Emmenopterys henryi’ and a productive vegetable garden with a small overflowing greenhouse. There is a pergola planted with wisteria and a walkway with a variety of roses leading to a secret Summer House. A small sheltered pool in a courtyard is surrounded with pots of pelargoniums which should be flowering in July. This is not a designer garden, as more plants are acquired more lawn is surrendered. The garden is managed completely organically and the owner is a fanatical composter. Partially suitable for wheelchairs,
Doreen will provide Coffee, Tea, etc., (not included in entry fee)
Location: From Dundonald take the A20 and turn left onto the Belfast Road (past Old Mill coffee shop). Turn right into Ballyrogan Road and first left into Ballyrogan Park.
ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE VISIT WILL GO TO DOREEN’S CHOSEN CHARITY ‘BLOODWISE’
Lismacloskey IGPS Volunteers, 30th Anniversary Garden Day
IGPS and museum volunteers invite you to join them in celebrating their 30th year of tending the Lismacloskey Rectory garden at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, County Down. ( http://nmni.com/uftm )
In co-operation with the Folk Museum the volunteers are hosting a garden event day with a variety of activities including flower arranging, lavender bag making, paper flower making, a talk on bee-keeping and a talk on the history of Lismacloskey. There will also be a plant sale with an opportunity to buy some of the Lismacloskey heritage plants.
Visitors can also explore the 50 restored and authentically furnished rural and town exhibits. Set in over 170 acres of rolling countryside, telling the story of life in 19th and early 20th century Ulster.
Admission (normally £9) is FREE for IGPS members and any of their guests over the age of 50. NO BOOKING REQUIRED – Please bring your IGPS Membership Card