Recently I enjoyed the company of the Marjan and Ton Bargert on a tour of their relatively new garden at Beltany View, Raphoe. The Garden is open by appointment within the Donegal Garden Trail. The Garden is a new(ish) product, having been created over the past 15 years, with new planting and additions made every year since.
There is a lovely interconnected pond system, making great use of a natural spring. As the garden is on a slope Ton has been able to create 3 different pools, connected via underground piping, with the third being a super impressive pond, full of fish and wildlife.
The garden at Beltany View is a wonderful garden to visit if you're (a) into ponds and fish or (b) if you're planning a new garden and would like to see some ideas.
The Garden is open to appointment, with contact details on the Donegal Garden Trail website
Recently we enjoyed a guided tour of the gardens of RosBan in Raphoe by owners Ann & Bob Kavanagh. The Gardens at RosBan are opened through the year as part of the Donegal Garden Trail 2014. Previous gardens we've visited such as Oakfield Park, Dunmore House, Glenveagh Castle, Salthill House and Cluain na d'Tor are also included in the Donegal Garden Trail 2014.
The best way I can describe RosBan gardens is 'A Multi sensory experience', the gardens are a horticultural cavalcade of medicinal plants and horticultural education. Ann & Bob Kavanagh have a real passion for alternative medicine and for using their garden to educate and inform, whether it be about medicinal uses for plants, or on rock scructures/butterflies/grasses/edible plants/poisonous plants they have information displayed throughout the garden on all these subject...without it being an overly 'teaching garden' it just kinda happens...
At every turn in RosBan there are plants yearning to be touched, tasted or discussed. I kid you not RosBan is a garden which for me has been a real eye-opener, its different from every garden in the Donegal Garden Trail 2014, its a real thought provoking garden, from the way be could be using more natural remedies from the garden, to the way the garden is a space which exists on a fine line between taken over by nature and being this cultivated personal garden...I don't know...there's something third-level about this place...listen, don't listen to me yamming on about it....go and see for yourself!
Ros Ban Gardens in Raphoe can be contacted through the Donegal Garden Trail 2014, the gardens are open from Dawn to Dusk Easter to Autumn.
A slideshow of pictures from throughout Ros Ban Garden in Raphoe, part of the Donegal Garden Trail 2014
The last Sunday in the month is Steam Sunday at Oakfield Park in Raphoe, so the Austin clan set off with Picnic in backpack to explore the amazing 100 acres around OakField Park...and get a wee go on Thomas the steam train!!
The last day I posted a few wee snippets of pictures, well here's a lot more lol!! hopefully they showcase the amazing gardens and grounds, but also the biodiversity and management which goes into the green heritage of OakField Park
Enjoy the slideshows below:
as you can see OakField Park in Raphoe has an awful lot to offer, whether your interest is in Wildlife, Walking, Architecture, Steam Trains, Biodiversity or Gardening OakField Park offers a great day out for the family...we spent a fierce enjoyable 6 hours there with the kids, taking advantage of the numerous seating areas located throughout the gardens...and the kids had a ball! For more information of the gardens and grounds check out the official website for Oakfield Park
Last week I was a guest of Raphoe Mothers Union in the Cathedral Hall Raphoe.
We chatted about what to be doign now in the garden, and looked ahead to summer flowers...a wide ranging gardening topic I know. But lots of enthusiasm in the room and plenty of tea and biscuits makes for a good evening!!
heres a pic with some of the ladies on the night...
Gardening on Radio Foyle
A summary of each weeks gardening on Mark Patterson Show and beyond