Ballyrobert Gardens

BALLYROBERT GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

154 Ballyrobert Road
Ballyclare
Co. Antrim
BT39 9RT

6 acres

Tel
028 9332 2952

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Opening Hours

Mon–Sat, 10am–5pm, 1 Apr–30 Sep.

Admission

Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (member 1 only for joint memberships) applies when open.

Facilities

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

Features

  • Colour themed borders
  • Cottage planting
  • Herbaceous border
  • Prairie/naturalistic planting
  • Wildlife planting and features

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 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 sit together handsomely with the lake, stream, formal garden, orchard, meadows and woodlands. A Robinsonian-style garden, it appeared in 2016 on BBC TV's Breakfast programme as an exemplar of a naturalistic garden. It is an all-year-round garden and has a collection of more than 200 varieties of snowdrops. There is also 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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