The gardens are situated within the peninsula of Islandmagee, with beautiful views over Larne Lough and include a cottage garden, orchard, vegetable area and herb garden. The recently established cut flower field includes eight raised beds full of annuals and five large perennial beds all of which contain plants suitable for cut flower production. There are also several established perennial beds, a willow arch and a newly planted prairie border.
Organically run, the gardens are full of a diverse range of wildlife including many different birds and insects, with several wildflower meadows and a small pond.
The gardens are open by appointment for garden visits and we run courses and events throughout the year.
Winner of Britain’s Bee Friendliest Garden 2012 - Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Contact: Cherry Townsend
Upcoming Courses & Events
27th & 28th (Sun) April - 2pm
Spring in the Garden £6.00
Come and enjoy a guided tour of the garden, with a focus on spring planting combinations of bulbs with foliage and early flowering perennials. Light refreshments included.
18th May 10.00 - 1.00pm or 14th September - 2.00 - 5.00pm
Grow Your Own Cut Flowers £35.00
Come and take a guided tour of our garden, including the “Cut Flower Field” where you will be shown how to create and maintain your own cut flower patch, to provide you with beautiful, scented blooms to adorn your home. We will provide you with a wealth of knowledge on which plants grow best in our Northern Irish climate, which give the best scent and vase life, together with details of which varieties produce the most flowers per plant. The course includes, to take home, an informative fact sheet, seeds and plant plugs to get you started.
18th May - 10.00am - 4.00pm (Includes lunch)
Grow and Arrange Your Own Cut Flowers £70.00
This course covers how to grow your own cut flowers as described above, followed by an afternoon learning how to make beautiful floral arrangements, finishing with a hand tied bouquet which you will then take home with you.
27th & 28th (Sun) July - 2pm
Summer in the Garden £6.00
Come and enjoy a guided tour of the garden, with a focus on keeping colour and interest throughout the summer, followed by tea and home baked biscuits.
Flower Arranging Workshops 2.00 - 5.00pm £35.00
25th May 8th & 22nd June 3rd & 24th August 7th September
Come and enjoy an afternoon which begins with a tour of the garden. You will then learn how to create your own beautiful hand tied bouquet, using flowers from the garden, which you will then take home with you. Includes tea, coffee & home baked treats.
All courses are on a Saturday unless otherwise stated. (Booking is essential!)