Secret Gardens of Sligo

Secret Gardens of Sligo

Secret Gardens of Sligo has just launched its 8th season and we are proud to be supporting them as sponsors again in 2017.

Regular visitors to Ardcarne Boyle may know that our former employee Annette Preston is opening her garden in Ballinfull, north Sligo for the first time this year. Her garden is open on July 23rd and August 20th and we know that it will be special!

" This half-acre coastal garden started in 2005 with the planting of boundary hedges and small stands of trees to provide shelter from the cold, salty winds. There are now small woodland areas, a circular herb garden, perennial borders and lawns, a pergola and a patio garden as well as raised fruit and vegetable beds and a polytunnel. "

Secret Gardens of Sligo provides a wonderful opportunity for all garden lovers to do what they enjoy most - peek over a wall, sneak through a gate and explore an unknown garden to their hearts' content. These hidden gardens, large and small and in some wonderful settings, offer inspiration, ideas and tranquillity - a perfect day out.

This year there are 11 gardens in total and you can pick up a leaflet at Ardcarne Garden Centre or visit their website for a map and opening times.

Be sure to check out their Facebook page

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