Saffron Thomas & Ian Stanley 086 869 1141
Created by two artists in an intimate rural setting, this large garden combines productivity, ornamental planting and permaculture. Winding grass paths lead to ponds, developing woodland and polytunnels, one jungle-themed, one for fruit and vegetables. With an eclectic mix of planting and sculpture, this 18 year-old garden is still developing.
Open: 11am - 5pm on 13 May, 3 & 17 June, 8 & 29 July, 12 & 26 Aug, 9 Sept
On R361 Boyle-Frenchpark, R after Saddlers Inn. After approx 2.5km keep R on the big bend, take 2nd lane on R. Entrance just after first cottage.
Jane & Paddy Thompson 085 870 8097
Farm and gardens by Lough Arrow. The gardens are a mix of shrubs, trees and planting around a new house, with low maintenance borders, perennials, ornamental grasses, annuals and pots. There is a raised vegetable garden with greenhouse and fruit beds. Walk around the wildlife pond or through the fields to the lake shore.
Open: Noon – 5.00pm 22 July, 19 Aug, 2 Sept
On N4 Sligo-Boyle, turn L in the village of Castlebaldwin (opposite McDermott's Pub). After 1k look for farm entrance: 2 cream gate piers straight ahead.
Rosemary & Anthony Kitchin 086 337 5741
Set in unspoilt countryside, the mature gardens at Newpark consist of many deciduous trees, shrubs and a small herbaceous border. A large vegetable garden, recently extended, is situated in the old walled garden. Visitors can also enjoy a walk around the adjacent lake which is home to waterfowl and other birds.
Open: 2pm – 4.30pm on 7 July, 19 Aug
On the N4 Sligo-Boyle turn R onto L1502 signed Ballymote. After 1km take R fork, Newpark is first gate on R.