Here’s some photos from Barbara Kelso of a recent IGPS visit to the Lismacloskey Rectory Garden, at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra, a few miles east of Belfast. The sun shone, the garden was looking fantastic and all had a wonderful morning.
Just a little on the background of the garden:
The garden is a product of a partnership between the Museum and the IGPS. Back in 1987, the IGPS was asked to design and plant a garden appropriate for a clergyman in rural Ireland around 1900. The house itself was built in 1717, but its interior has been furnished as it would have been around 1900.
A central straight path leads from the gate to the door, in front of the house there are two rectangular flower beds and the remainder of the garden is set out in an informal Robinsonian style. In keeping with the aims of the IGPS, as many as possible of the plants are old Irish cultivars. Many thanks go the the small team of volunteers, from within and outside the IGPS, who maintain the garden.