Welcome to Secret Gardens of Sligo 2017

Our 2017 calendar is now on the website -  a summer of lovely garden visits ahead!

How does Secret Gardens work?
  • Instead of an admission charge, please make a donation to the garden's charity 
  • Some gardens also have plants, cards or other items for sale - this is separate from your donation
  • Check our quick calendar of opening times


As always, Secret Gardens of Sligo provides a wonderful opportunity for all garden lovers to do what they enjoy most - peek over a wall, sneak through a gate and explore an unknown garden to their hearts' content. These hidden gardens, large and small and in some wonderful settings, offer inspiration, ideas and tranquillity - a perfect day out.

Over the last seven years, we have raised a wonderful €31,600 for the various charities chosen by the garden owners, and we would like to thank all the visitors who have made this possible.

This year, there are 11 gardens in total, some of the original founder members of SGS and others who have joined more recently or returned. We hope you will make a date in your diary to visit them all - gardens change and grow from year to year, so a garden you visited during a previous season probably has new things to offer this year.

And don't forget, each of our gardens is a completely different experience.

The Secret Gardens range hugely in size, style and content; they are generally works in progress and many have been created on a shoestring. Some are very old, others relatively new, but they all have this in common: their owners are passionate about them, and each one is the owner’s personal journey through horticulture and design, different plants and palettes, and how to make the best use of the site, soil and situation that chance has given them.
Each is a pleasure to visit!

  • If you are unable to visit on a garden's official open day, most are happy to open by special appointment, please telephone to ask.
  • If you wish to visit with a large group of people, please telephone in advance to confirm.
  • Children are welcome, but we request that they are supervised at all times.
  • Sorry, no dogs!
  • To avoid disappointment, please telephone ahead to ask if a garden is wheelchair accessible or not.

Secret Gardens and Bloom, the national garden show

‘Yeats’ Secret Garden in Sligo’ designed by SGS member Lorely Forrester, was one of the large Concept Gardens at Bloom 2015, where it won a Gold Medal. It was designed as a wild garden, based on the poet's dream of a secret hideaway, as described in The Lake Isle of Innisfree
The garden was later re-located to the grounds of The Model in Sligo, where it is open to the public.

Please ask staff at The Model's Reception for a leaflet about the Yeats garden, or find one in the all-weather dispenser at the garden site. 


The WB Yeats Rose

Have you heard about the new 'WB Yeats' Rose yet?
Click here to find out more

Our Sponsors

Secret Gardens of Sligo is generously supported by Ardcarne Garden Centre (Boyle)Aurivo, East Brothers Machinery Boyle, Feehily's Florist Sligo, Healy Plants Sligo, Sligo Tidy Towns and Western Plant Nursery, with webhosting provided by www.hostireland.com


Welcome to our 8th season!

Why not visit a Secret Garden this weekend?

[- Erratum: Apologies, the quick calendar on our leaflet indicates that Newpark, Garden No 8, is open on June 17. This is an error-]

If you have any queries, please telephone the individual garden owner or contact Rosemary Kitchin
tel: +353 (0)86 3375741
email: kitchin.rosemary@gmail.com

or leave a message on Facebook:
Secret Gardens of Sligo

To see when our gardens are open, check our Quick Calendar


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