This true plantsman’s garden is situated within the original extensive estate of the historic Lorne House, built in 1875 by Henry Campbell, a wealthy linen merchant and founder of Campbell College in Belfast. The garden has been created within an existing framework of mature specimen trees sourced from all corners of the world. This impressive backdrop echoes other gardens created in the same era, such as Mount Stewart.
The garden is split into two distinct levels. The upper garden around the house is comprised of formal planted beds containing a wide variety of perennials and shrubs, including Rhododendrons and Azaleas. A sweeping path leads to a wooded area displaying the wide range of mature specimen trees. Under the tree canopy grows a range of wild flowers including Anemone, Primroses, Bluebells, Celandine and Wood Sorrell. An outstanding feature of the garden is the beautiful meandering walk along the Glen River with picturesque waterfalls. This walkway recreates that used by the Campbell family for leisurely strolls and picnics in their beautiful estate.
Cedarwood garden is part of the Ulster Garden Scheme with entry funds raised going to National Trust garden projects in Northern Ireland. You can view details of the Ulster Garden Scheme at www.ulstergardensscheme.org.uk
In addition to this scheme the garden is also open to organised groups from May to September.
Please ensure that you telephone or email in advance to book a visit.
Each visit includes:
• A detailed guided tour of the garden, identifying plants and trees, including creation/development of the beds from 2003
• An explanation of plant and tree geographic origins
• Social and geological history of the area
• River-side walk
• Visual slide show and accompanying talk on the development of the garden
Directions to Cedarwood Garden:
3 Cedar Lane, Station Road, Holywood, BT18 0BW
• Going from Belfast to Bangor, (A2) pass the Culloden Hotel and the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.
•At the next set of traffic lights turn left down Station Road. Craigavad. (do not confuse with Station Road, Cultra).
•Pass the entrance to Lorne House and Cedar Lane is the 3rd lane on the left (just before a white gate).
•No. 3 has wooden gates and is at the end of the short lane.