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 veg. With an eclectic mix of planting and sculpture, this 19 year-old garden is still developing, is full of colour, interest and unexpected twists and turns.
Open: 11am-5pm on 9 & 23 June, 7 & 21 July, 4 & 18 Aug, 1 Sept
On R361 Boyle-Frenchpark, R after Saddlers Inn. After approx 2.5km keep R on big bend, take 2nd lane on R. Entrance just after first cottage.
Rosemary & Anthony Kitchin 086 337 5741
Set in unspoilt countryside, the mature gardens at Newpark consist of 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 lake which is home to waterfowl and other birds.
Open: 2pm – 4.30pm on 1 & 30 June
On N4 Sligo-Boyle, turn R onto L1502 (Ballymote). After 1km take R fork, Newpark is first gate on R.
9 6 O'Connell Street
John Coleman 087 6473581
Created in 2011, this bijou secret garden lies hidden behind a town house in Ballymote's main street. A garden in miniature inspired by Lutyens and Jekyll, with dry stone walls, beech and box hedging and hard surfaces for easy maintenance. Soft planting consists of shrubs, clematis, roses, lavender and herbaceous perennials.
Open: 2.30pm – 5pm on 23 June, 30 June
On Ballymote's main street, opposite JB Bookmakers. Door with diamond glass panel, between Church of Ireland and roads for Boyle/Gurteen/etc.