Mrs Jessie Mahaffy’s Garden

Blackrock, Lifford, Co. Donegal

Duration: 60 mins

First established in 1972 by Mrs Jessie Mahaffy, a relative of William Robinson and granddaughter of the forester at Lissadell, Co. Sligo, Blackrock is a garden constructed upon rock. A charming rockery sits above the farmhouse. A grassy corridor winds between a shrubbery and one of the garden’s shady borders to a small cottage garden planted with perennials. All of the planting is interspersed with free-seeding aquilegias, foxgloves and yellow Welsh Poppies. Various lilies are also a feature and ferns abound in the wetter shady areas. This delightful cottage garden has a timeless quality about it, slowly evolving over the years and carefully tended and planted with flowers from gardener friends near and far. Children must be supervised please!

Contact: Belinda Mahaffy

Tel: 074 9141216 or Text to 086 1759162


Open: Sat 30th June and Sun 1st July and by appointment in summer (2-5.30pm)

Admission: Donation to Lifford Community Hospital/Medecins Sans Frontiere

Directions: 2 km outside Lifford take R265 (off N14) to St. Johnston for about 1 km. Pass yellow council cottages on left. Blackrock House is the 5th house above the road after this. There are white washed walls, black gates and beech trees. Parking on side of road outside 3rd and 4th house only.

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