Despite being the only garden in this book that is actually housed within someone’s private home, The Model Garden is the biggest, smallest garden that I have every had the pleasure to visit, and this is quite simply put, not just your average garden. The Model Garden is most definitely a gardeners garden and Hilary & William McKelvey, the proud owners of the Model Garden have, with quite a reasonable budget, put together something that can only be described as pure genius. A 1/4 acre garden that has something not only for all tastes, but something for all gardeners to appreciate. Part of the National Trust’s open garden scheme, this garden isn’t open every day, so it is advised to book ahead, although knowing Hilary & William, they will always accommodate if they can. Finally, I feel very fortunate to have not only seen this garden for myself, but to have spent some very limited time with Hilary & William.
The Model Garden
This is a connoisseur's garden with a superb collection of alpines and clematis, cleverly planted with herbaceous plants and shrubs.
A ¼ acre garden in a 19th century linen village. As the garden is divided into areas there is something to suit all tastes.
This garden has limited opening as part of the National Trust Ulster Gardens Scheme, please phone for an appointment before visiting. You can view details of the Ulster Garden Scheme at www.ulstergardensscheme.org.uk.
Admission £3 per person
Member of the Ulster Garden Scheme.
By appointment any day from May to end of August. See contact details.