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Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

154 Ballyrobert Road
Co. Antrim
BT39 9RT

16 acres

028 9332 2952

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Opening Hours

Mon–Sat, 10am–5pm, 1 Mar–30 Sep.


Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies when open.


  • Assistance dogs only
  • DIY Refreshments
  • Free carer entry
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Plant sales
  • Toilets


  • Autumn colour
  • Colour themed borders
  • Cottage planting
  • Herbaceous border
  • Organic management
  • Pond or lake
  • Prairie/naturalistic planting
  • Sculpture
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Wildlife planting and features
  • Winter garden
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
Maurice Parkinson

Owned by the Parkinson family, Ballyrobert Gardens is a uniquely created Ulster Garden nestling in the countryside near Ballyclare, County Antrim, home to the famous Glens of Antrim and Antrim Coast Road. The gardens recently featured as one of The Guardian's top 10 secret gardens in the UK.   

The setting for the garden is a 17th-century landscape complete with the original cottage, Irish barn and farm layout extending to 16 acres. Sensitively integrating the elements is a six-acre garden containing one of the province's most extensive collections of herbaceous plants, laid out in intimate settings and sweeping borders.   

Ballyrobert Gardens has many delightful features such as the traditional entrance, fairy tree, hole tree and Celtic spiral. These nestle handsomely with the lake, stream, formal garden, orchard, meadows and woodlands. This is a Robinsonian-style garden and appeared in 2016 on BBC TV's Breakfast programme as an exemplar of a naturalistic garden. It is also an all-year-round garden and has a collection of more than 200 varieties of snowdrops.   

There is an adjoining specialist plant nursery stocked with a large range of herbaceous plants.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Alpines
  • Asters
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Bluebells
  • Camellias
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Clematis
  • Conifers
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Delphiniums
  • Ferns
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Fuchsias
  • Grasses
  • Heathers
  • Hellebores
  • Hemerocallis
  • Herbs
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Laburnum
  • Lavender
  • Lilies
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Meconopsis
  • Orchids
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Sweet peas
  • Wildflowers
  • Wisteria

Get involved

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