Carved from the County Down landscape, Rowallane Garden is another hidden gem of Northern Ireland. The 19th century garden covers a 52-acre area in a mix of formal and informal gardens. It was started in 1860 by the Moore family – Reverend John Moore and his nephew Hugh Armytage Moore. The landscape is calming and enchanting, shifting from colourful plants to rugged landscapes. The area includes a walled garden, pleasure ground, rock garden wood, indoor living wall, Rowallane pottery and unusual stone features.

The walled garden was originally built for fruit and vegetables and then turned into an ornamental garden. Today, it offers an eclectic mix of herbaceous plants, bulbs, herbs and climbers than make it worth visiting in every season. It also features an outer walled garden including a lovely pond. In the center of the lawn is a flowering Quince (Chaenomeles ‘Rowallane’) discovered as a seedling and named after Rowallane. Finally, this area also encloses the Haggard, an old Celtic name meaning edge – now planted with trees and shruds.

Rowallane Garden is 25 minutes from Belfast, South of Saintfield. Entrance is little more than 5 pounds per person.

This morning Jeff and I went there for a walk and a pic-nique in the open air.

It was, indeed, a very good choice. We took our time, and stopped to eat our lunch on the shore of the pond. It was very pleasant and relaxing. We then enjoyed the rest of the walk in the Pleasure garden, where we also stopped to play a bit with the wooden sculptures along the way. In the video, you can see Jeff walking the trunks spiral.

We spent three full hours at Rowallane Garden and we enjoyed every bit of it. Recommended!

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