A few weeks ago now, we visited Kilcoan Gardens in Islandmagee after hearing about their gorgeous grounds and wonderful tour for their open weekends.
Guided by the lovely Cherry Townsend, who manages, designs and runs the gardens, we were treated to a wonderfully informative tour, focussing on early Spring plants, what grows best in our Northern Irish climate, and what was flourishing and blooming for Spring. Cherry was so incredibly informative, and knowledgeable, rattling out the latin names for all the lovely plants, I felt like I was in the presence of a seasoned Garden TV presenter... it was SO fascinating.
Despite the rain, and hail (!), we had a fantastic time, and thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful afternoon tea that was laid on for us at the end, most of it baked by Cherry's lovely mum... on gorgeous vintage crockery, no less.
Such a beautiful, and tastefully done garden, I just loved every minute.
Cherry is hosting another Open Weekend this coming weekend as part of the National Trust NI - Ulster Gardens Scheme, and we're really looking forward to returning to shoot more of early Summer (I know, it's a bit of a laugh so far, right?) blooms. Make sure to pop along, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and fascinating commentary from Cherry.
Saturday & Sunday 6th&7th June 2015, 2-5pm. 240 Middle Road, Islandmagee.