Ballyrobert Gardens is just a few miles from where I live and in the interests of supporting all things local, I thought I’d give it another little mention here on the blog. My interest in gardening continues to grow and I do enjoy visiting other gardens, both for pleasure and inspiration. Ballyrobert Gardens offers both. In the leaflet you pick up upon entry, it describes that the biggest influence on the garden’s design was Irish born William Robinson, author of the ‘The Wild Garden’ and thought to be the father figure of the Cottage Garden style. It goes on to mention that the garden contains over three thousand varieties of plants, so there is certainly plenty to keep you interested as you wander round.
The entry fee is £5 per person which we left in the honesty box before making a tour of the garden. Thankfully, the weather was kind and we were able to meander around at leisure, taking a few photographs along the way.
View across the station lawn – a field once used for grazing cattle and the production of hay
Chaenomeles Geisha Girl growing on the picket fence – isn’t she just gorgeous ?
The Lakeside Garden – verdant and restful
The haze of apple blossom in the small orchard
A pretty place to sit down in The Sheltered Garden
My favourite spot – the Formal Cottage Garden
And finally The Nursery
Many of the plants grown in the garden are also grown and sold at the nursery. You can also purchase online which is what I did during the first lockdown. The plants arrived quickly, well packaged in compostable packaging and looking very fresh and healthy, so I do recommend a purchase online if you cannot make it to the nursery in person. On this particular visit, I came away with Geranium Giuseppi and one of my all time favourites, Japanese anemones. I hope to share some pictures of those in a later blog post.
I do hope you’ve enjoyed this quick tour.
For more information, you can visit their website www.ballyrobertgardens.com
Have a lovely Sunday x