Gardens to Visit in Donegal

Name

Ballyloughan House

Address

Bruckless,

Co. Donegal

Phone

074 9731507

E-mail

charlestindal@eircom.net

Contact

Charles and Rosemary Tindal

Description

Woodland garden on Donegal Bay, with spring flowering shrubs, interesting perennials, mature trees and fruit & vegetable garden. Cliff paths with lovely sea views.

Opening Times

7-15 May 12.00-18.00
Groups welcome in May/June by arrangement

Memberships

DGT

Wheelchair Access

Partial

Opening Seasons

Spring Summer

Name

Oakfield Park

Address

Oakfield Demesne

Raphoe,

Co. Donegal

Phone

074 9173068

E-mail

gardens@oakfieldpark.com

Website

http://www.oakfieldpark.com

Description

Parkland and woodland, formal walled garden, kitchen garden, lakes, streams, wild wetland areas, flower meadow, entwined with over 4kms narrow gauge railway. Par-terre, classical Nymphaeum.

News

New Bird Hide installed to view wildlife on the lower lake. Footprints in the snow this winter reveal that our Otter is still resident.

Opening Times

Jan – March & Oct – Dec, 8.00 – 17.00
April 8.00 – 19.00
May – Sept 8.00 – 21.00
Larger groups welcome by appointment.

Memberships

DGT

Wheelchair Access

Partial

Opening Seasons

Spring Summer

Name

Ros Bán

Address

Near Mongorry,

Common, Raphoe,

Co. Donegal

Phone

074 9145336 / 086.0805214

E-mail

Rosbangarden@gmail.com

Contact

Ann and Bob

Description

Modern garden that favours wildlife, native & medicinal plants and educational posters. Children under supervision.

News

Early February 2011

The snowdrops and Crocuses are out in Ros Bán and the mandrake and scopolia

(the truth drug, beloved of sinister agents in spy films) are peeping their heads above the ground.

Birds on the nut feeders and scattered seeds apart from house sparrows, dunnocks, robins, thrushes include, coal tits, great tits, longtailed tits, greenfinches, chafffinches, gold finches, siskins, bramblings, red polls and waxwings.

Special opening for the Bealtaine Festival on 7th and 8th May 2011

Opening Times

Easter to Autumn for charity, with explanatory guide to herbs by appointment

Memberships

DGT

Wheelchair Access

Partial

Opening Seasons

Spring Summer Autumn

Name

Salthill Gardens

Address

Salthill,

Mountcharles,

Co. Donegal

Phone

074 9735014

E-mail

etemple@eircom.net

Website

http://www.donegalgardens.com

Contact

Mrs Elizabeth Temple

Description

Old walls, new original settings, with shrubs, vegetables and perennials.

Opening Times

1 May-30 Sept. Mon-Thurs 14.00-18.00.
Sat in May/June/July 14.00-18.00
Groups welcome by appointment.

Wheelchair Access

Partial

Opening Seasons

Spring Summer Autumn

Name

Sea View

Address

Salthill,

Mountcharles,

Co. Donegal

Phone

074 9735350 / 087 9131393

Contact

Miss Dorothy Jervis

Description

Herbaceous and shrub borders, containing a large selection of plants to give year- round colour and interest on a south-facing site overlooking Donegal Bay.

Opening Times

14.00-18.00, 18/19/21 June. Other times by appointment. Admission: €5 in aid of: Fields of life, East Africa.

Memberships

DGT

Wheelchair Access

Partial

Opening Seasons

Spring Summer Autumn

Name

Beltany View

Address

Braehead,

Raphoe,

Co. Donegal

Phone

074 9144974

E-mail

marbeltony@hotmail.com

Description

New garden on sloping ground, mixed borders and hedges, spring fed ponds, panoramic open views.

Opening Times

Sat. 4th of June to Mon. 6th of June, 11.00 – 18.00 and at other times in June and July by appointment

Memberships

DGT

Wheelchair Access

No

Opening Seasons

Spring Summer

Name

Blackrock

Address

Lifford

Co. Donegal

Phone

074 9141216

E-mail

mahaffybelinda@hotmail.com

Contact

Belinda Mahaffy

Description

This delightful cottage garden has a timeless quality about it, slowly evolving over the years and carefully tended and planted with flowers from gardener friends near and far.

Opening Times

Sat & Sun June 25 & 26 14.00 – 17.30

Memberships

DGT

Opening Seasons

Spring Summer Autumn Winter

Name

Carrablagh House

Address

Portsalon

Co. Donegal

Phone

074 9159113

E-mail

jonmul@eircom.net

Description

Classic Irish Robinsonian garden with specimen planting, hododendron woodlands, walled garden.

€5 per person entry (cash only, please). All 2011 proceeds to Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Not suitable for pushchairs or very young children. Sturdy footwear recommended.

Opening Times

2011: 2- 4 pm
All Thursdays in May + 1st Thursday in June.

Memberships

DGT

Wheelchair Access

No

Opening Seasons

Spring

Name

Celtic Prayer Garden & IOSAS Centre

Address

Derrynane,

Muff,

Co. Donegal

Phone

074 9384866

E-mail

goldenagecentre@hotmail.com

Website

http://www.columbacommunity.com

Description

6 acres laid out in the shape of the island of Ireland, depicting the lives of the major saints of Ireland’s Golden Age.

Opening Times

Mon-Fri 09.00-17.00.

Memberships

DGT

Name

Doherty’s Garden

Address

Glebe Road, Desertegney,

Buncrana,

Co. Donegal

Phone

074 9361181

E-mail

hdohertyclarke@eircom.net

Contact

Mary and Helen Doherty

Description

Half-acre garden overlooking Lough Swilly, shrubs, patios, water features.

Opening Times

18 Aug, 15.00-18.00 in aid of charity (Nazareth House, Fahan) refreshments free on day. Other days by appointment only.

Opening Seasons

Summer

Name

Dunmore House

Address

Carrigans,

Co. Donegal

Phone

074 9140120

Description

2 acres walled garden with towering redwood & planted terraces.

Opening Times

31 May-14 June 14.00-18.00. Or by Appointment

Memberships

DGT

Wheelchair Access

Yes

Opening Seasons

Summer

Name

Glebe House and Gallery

Address

Gartan, Church Hill,

Letterkenny,

Co. Donegal

Phone

074 9137071

E-mail

glebegardens@gmail.com

Website

http://www.glebegardens.com

Contact

The Manager

Description

9 acres of lakeside parkland with good tree collection.

Opening Times

April – September. Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. 10am – 6pm.

Memberships
Name

Glenveagh Castle Gardens

Address

Glenveagh National Park,

Churchill, Letterkenny,

Co. Donegal

Phone

074 9137090

E-mail

glenveagh@environ.ie

Website

http://www.glenveaghnationalpark.ie

Contact

The Manager

Description

Victorian castle and garden with extensive plant collections, remarkable jardin potager and Italianate formal gardens, set in 40,000 acre National Park.

Opening Times

All year, 10.00-18.00 daily.

Wheelchair Access

Partial

Opening Seasons

Spring Summer Autumn Winter

Name

Greenfort

Address

Kerrykeel,

Letterkenny,

Co. Donegal

Phone

0876476599/0877574823

Contact

Mr Patrick Perry

Description

Walled garden, rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, bulbs, mature trees, new broadleaf planting, beech, oak, ash, cherry, crab apple, rowan, birch, alder, scotch pine.

Opening Times

30th April – 9th May 2011 10.00-18.00. and by appointment. Charge E5 per adult for the Fanad Band. Children free

Memberships

DGT

Wheelchair Access

No

Opening Seasons

Spring

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