Rowallane (NT)

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Garden Category: Northern Ireland Gardens

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  • Rowallane is a garden for all seasons with an appeal for the plantsman or the visitor who simply enjoys a walk in beautiful surroundings. In the middle of the 19th century, the Rev John Moore took the first steps to create a garden from the farmland at Rowallane. He built a Wall Garden, created the Pleasure Grounds and planted many trees to provide shelter. In 1903 the garden passed to his nephew Hugh Armitage Moore, a keen plantsman who used the shelter created by his uncle and natural features such as the outcrops of whinstone rock to assemble a collection of plants from many parts of the world. The garden is famous for its magnificent display of Rhododendrons and Azaleas but there is much more. The Wall Garden, which once grew the Reverend John’s vegetables, now contains an extensive collection of herbaceous plants, shrub roses and fuchsias which display throughout the summer. The blue Meconopsis and the National Collection of Penstemon (large flowered cvs.) are found here. The Rock Garden – a huge outcrop of whinstone rock – has primulas, heathers and dwarf shrubs. In high Summer the meadows are speckled with wild flowers. Autumn brings a spectacular display of foliage colour and throughout the winter many interesting birds can be seen feeding in the grounds. There are several areas of natural wild flowers to attract butterflies. Read more ….

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