The Gardens

 
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1 Carrigeens

Ballinfull

F91 X9AO

Annette & Howard Preston 086 833 5997

This half-acre coastal plot was started in 2005 and is enclosed by boundary hedges to provide shelter from the cold, salty winds. The space is subdivided into a number of areas and habitats and includes a circular herb garden, small woodland areas, perennial borders and lawns, a pergola for climbers, an enclosed patio garden as well as raised fruit and vegetable beds, and a polytunnel.

Open: 2pm - 5pm on 16 June and 11 August

Turn off N15 at Yeats Tavern onto L3305 to Lissadell House. Continue past Lissadell House for 1km, take Raghley turn at Dunleavy's shop. Take first R, garden is 4th house on R.


2 Two Mile Hill

Calry

F91 FR82

Patricia Fitzsimons & Ben Flood 087 766 0082

This garden was designed to lovingly envelop an old farmhouse, be strong on structure and low on maintenance. Imposing trees encompass lawns, a stream, a pond and flowering shrubs; raised beds grow organic vegetables; and later additions include steps, a wildflower meadow, an insect biome, and extra herbaceous planting.


Open: Noon – 5pm on 16 June, 14 July

Towards N16 from Sligo centre, but at crossroads/traffic lights, take R286 (Dromahair), then L to Calry. Continue approx 1.5 km to house on L with green wooden gates (before Calry Church).


3 Clogherevagh

Nr Lough Colgagh

F91 DR76

Martina Flynn 087 236 5055

This is a flower arranger’s garden, so flowers reign supreme, and winding paths meander around shrubs, flower beds and lawn, making a pleasing, colourful circuit. A small vegetable garden lies behind, along with a new gravel-garden full of alpines and summer flowers. There is also a charmingly restored stone-built forge from years gone by.

Open: 2pm – 6pm on 25-26 May

Towards N16 from Sligo centre, but at Ballinode +roads/traffic lights, R onto R286 to Dromahair. After Toyota Garage, veer R to St Angela's College, house on L at top of hill.