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Early Summer Highlights

20858_Apple_Picking_in_ArmaghEarly summer heralds Apple Blossom time in Armagh. County Armagh is known as Orchard County, and every year Ireland's oldest city celebrates its apples with festivals and apple tours. For a visual delight simply take a drive along the highways and byways at a time when the hills are alive with the pink of blossom. If you get thirsty for a garden visit, then the gardens of the Argory and Ardress House are nearby. 

Each year in May time there is an annual almost pilgrimage to Rowallane to gaze upon the magnificent spreading branches of the handkerchief tree, Davidia involucrate.  Visitors will also find the original Chaenomeles superba 'Rowallane' hybrid which began as a seedling self-sown in the rock Garden.

23062_Glenarm_Castle_s_Walled_GardensIf it's early May why not call into Glenarm Castle Gardens for the annual Tulip Festival.  The gardeners have planted over 8,500 tulip bulbs throughout the Walled Garden, which are sure to provide a vibrant display throughout the month of May.

For those interested in natural flora & willife (and even the exceptional diverse Geology of Northern Ireland) spring is a good time to visit the Sand Dunes on the coasts of counties Antrim & Down.  Intriguingly the dunes systems are only found in the six northern coastal counties of Ireland!  Apart from the Wild Pansy Viola tricolour, & the Common Dog-Violet Viola riviniana you will be thrilled by the charming sheltered colonies of the quietly protected Primrose Primula vulgaris.

19958_Castle_WardNearby to Strangford is Castle Ward, this estate property is a must for those interested in researching Garden History; it will also captivate those interested in Architecture as it has been built with one Classical and one Gothic facade.

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