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Saintfield, Ballynahinch, County Down,
Northern Ireland, BT24 7LH

028 9751 0131

028 9751 1242

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

1st Jan - 28th Feb, 10 - 4, daily
1st Mar - 30th Apr, 10 - 6, daily
1st May - 31st Aug, 10 - 8, daily
1st Sep - 31st Oct, 10 - 6, daily
1st Nov - 31st Dec, 10 - 4, daily
Closed 25th and 26th Dec 2015.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
Cafe and shop opening times vary, please see the website or contact the property directly for full details.

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: No

Booking advised, please call or email to request a booking form

House Open for Viewing: No

House contains interpretation, visitor facilities, cafe and shop

National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

May - June

To see:

Rhododendron and azalea display

Admission Prices

Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets) Gardens: adult £5.80 (£5.27), child £2.90 (£2.63), family £14.50 (£13.18)

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Caf? and shop times vary, please see website or contact property directly. Wheelchairs are available to borrow, these may need to be booked ahead on event days.

Garden Features & Events

A true plantsman's garden in an informal style - with trees, shrubs and plants from around the world; Rowallane Garden retains a natural landscape of the surrounding area; Spectacular azaleas and rhododendrons; Notable natural Rock Garden Wood with Primulas, Meconopsis and shade-loving plants; Walled garden; Several areas managed as wildflower meadows. A seasonal events programme also runs throughout the year including an Easter trail and Yoga in the garden as well as Hallowe'en and Christmas events.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Tea rooms in Saintfield village

Inns & Pubs:

Rowallane & White Horse in village

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Mount Stewart - 15 miles Belfast 11 miles

Description of Garden

This garden of 52 acres is famous for its collection of rhododendrons but is also a large plantsman's garden of great beauty and character. The modest farmhouse stands beside the lawns and the arboretum containing the stone dais (from which the Rev. Moore is believed to have addressed his parishoners) which is now the base of a bandstand, and surrounded by many fine specimen trees planted by him. Favoured by its damp climate the garden features drifts of Himalyan poppies, hostas, astilbes and rodgersias. There are many varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas in spectacular banks set against a background of woodland.

The compact form of Viburnum plicatum, called Rowallane, grows in the centre of a paved area laid out in the form of a Celtic Cross. In the outer walled garden is to be found the original plant of the popular quince, Chaeomeles japonca Rowallane. There is much more to admire both in the Spring and Summer, but the visitor should, at the end of the garden, pause, look over the low stone boundary wall to the surrounding countryside, similar in outline - but empty, and marvel at what Hugh Armytage Moore has wrought here.

History Of Garden

The garden was originally planted by Rev. John Moore who bought the property in 1860. His nephew, Hugh Armytage Moore began his planting in 1903, in spite of being told that the land there was 'not fit to graze a goat'. Rather than level and plough the area, he made a feature of the dry-stone walls, rocks and spongy turf and his planting follows the undulating line of the country. The tradition has been maintained by his successors and the garden, sympathetically managed, features a profusion of wildlife.

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