Over 70 members and their guests enjoyed a sunny afternoon touring the

gardens and grounds of Seaforde in the company of their owner, Lady Anthea

Forde. The resident peacocks screeched at us as we started our visit in the

historic walled garden enjoying the collection of trees and shrubs,

especially the many species and hybrid rhododendrons which were in full

bloom with the collection of the Loderi Group being particularly noteworthy.

It was the optimum moment to wander through the woods with the fresh green

foliage unfurling overhead while the ground was carpeted with ferns and

bluebells. We emerged from the seclusion of the woods to find ourselves

in the sunshine with the late Georgian house on our right and a

breath-taking view across the natural lake to the Mourne Mountains in the

distance. The success of the afternoon can be gauged by the fact that the

tearoom ran out of cups, mugs and teapots.


Enjoy a record of the visit with Barbara Kelso’s photographs.


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