Garden Visit, Ballymena

August 15, 2015 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Hilary& Jim Rafferty’s Garden
‘The Mill House’140 Ballynashee Road
Glenwherry, Ballymena
County Antrim. BT42 3EW
Free to members. Non-members: £4
Victor Henry
02891 826764

This five acre country garden which sits on the banks of the Glenwherry River has been transformed over the past 20 years from a hill farm to a wooded haven.

There are two large ponds fed from the weir by an old mill race. The larger of the ponds (approx 0.5 acre) has a jetty, an island, is home to brown trout and a collection of water lilies and aquatic marginals. It is surrounded by raised stone beds filled with hundreds of primulas, hostas and other mixed planting to give all year interest. A series of woodland plantings of beech, birch, spruce and over 150 rhododendrons are linked by stone paths with seats at points of interest.

Although the garden has previously been opened in 2014 as part of the NT Ulster Gardens Scheme and generated great interest amongst those who visited, it is generally not open to the public.



LOCATION. The garden is situated on the Ballynashee Road half a mile from the main Ballymena- Larne Road (A36) approx 10 miles from Ballymena and 10 miles from Larne

From Broughshane; Take Rathkeel Road (B94)towards Ballyclare. After about 0.6 miles at T junction turn left onto A35 then after approx. three miles turn right onto Ballyrashee Road. House is on the right.

Rafferty's Garden, Ballymena
Rafferty’s Garden, Ballymena