Your chance to see hidden gems of Magherafelt open garden

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This weekend marks a rare opportunity to explore the secrets of hidden and private gardens not usually open to the public courtesy of the National Trust.

This year’s season continues as John and Ann Buchanan open the gates of their Magherafelt garden on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June from 2-5pm. Come along to 28 Killyfaddy Road, Magherafelt, Co Londonderry, BT45 6EX and see this gem of a garden.

A delightful, mature garden of over one acre which has extended over the years – even across the road! It has featured in BBC’s ‘Secret Garden’ series and is described and illustrated in Shirley Lanigan’s ‘The 100 Best Gardens in Ireland’.

The curving beds are colourful tapestries of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. There is a pond and bog garden, with masses of iris and candelabra primula, fruit trees, vegetables, well-filled greenhouses and a small hardy plant nursery. The garden is partially suitable for wheelchairs.

The Killyfaddy Road is the second left off the Moneymore Road from the centre of Magherafelt. Number 28 is one mile from the end of this road and is situated at the top of a hill on the left hand side after the wind turbine.

What better way to spend a balmy summer’s day than wandering around other people’s secret paradises and relaxing with a cup of tea. Whether you have a special interest in plants and garden design or simply enjoy beautiful and unusual plants in attractive combinations, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

They say a garden is a friend you can visit anytime and while normally they would be kept behind closed gates, the Ulster Gardens Scheme offers the opportunity to explore the secrets and hidden treasures of wonderful private gardens. For further information visit www.ulstergardensscheme.org.uk.