Visit to Victor & Roz Henry’s Garden

We had a very enjoyable visit to Victor and Roz Henry’s garden in Newtownards yesterday despite the most unseasonable weather – heavy downpours, gusts of wind which caused the gazebo for the plant sale to lift off, and a temperature of about 12*C. But IGPS members and their friends are a hardy lot and made the most of the fleeting sunny periods to explore a garden packed with plants, both well known and exotic, and well-chosen interesting detail. Some highlights were the pergola festooned with Rosa ‘Francis E. Lester’, a fabulous cardiocrinum with blooms soaring to about three metres, and a stand of mouth-watering delphiniums in glorious shades of blue. There was a seriously well-stocked plant stall which included a decent selection of Irish cultivars including Dahlia ‘Matt Armour’, Cytissus ‘Donard Gem’, and Primula ‘Rowallane Rose’. And a final touch was the beautiful music played by their ten year old grand-daughter Josie on her harp.

Victor Henry greeting the visitors as all admire the wonderful delphiniums

Victor Henry greeting the visitors as all admire the wonderful delphiniums

Lush plating around the pool, including Zantedeschia aethopica

Lush plating around the pool, including Zantedeschia aethopica

Exotic planting: A tree fern with a lush under-planting of hostas and Myosotidium hortensia, the Chatham Island Forget-Me-Not.

Exotic planting: A tree fern with a lush under-planting of hostas and Myosotidium hortensia, the Chatham Island Forget-Me-Not.

The afternoon was enhanced by the lovely harp music played by the Henry’s grand daughter.

The afternoon was enhanced by the lovely harp music played by the Henry’s grand daughter.

Text and photographs from Maeve Bell.

To view further photographs from the day visit the BLOG