Summy, Portnoo, Co. Donegal

Duration: 60  mins

Close to the coast in scenic west Donegal and surrounding a traditional farmhouse, this garden was established in 1979 in a valley on a rocky hillside surrounded by four acres of native hazel woodland with blackthorn, juniper, burnet rose, ash and oak.  Native primroses, bluebells, orchids and varied ferns abound. Emphasis has been placed on the blending of nurture with nature and the provision of all year round colour from many trees, shrubs, bulbs and herbaceous plants. Above the house is the woodland garden with rambling roses.

In the sheltered glen below the house a pond mirrors the ever changing Donegal skies. This naturally spring-fed pool is surrounded with a host of shrubs, fruit trees and acid loving plants.   Please note that the terrain is hilly and the paths rough. Children welcome as are dogs on leads. Parking and toilet facilities are available.

Contact:  Michael Classon

Tel:  9545242 / 087 4366187

Open: June to October when owner at home; please telephone in advance.

Admission:  Donation to charity.

Directions:  Leave Ardara on Narin/Portnoo road, take left turn L 7713 for Rosbeg, garden at two storey house in trees on left. From Glenties and Gweebarra take Ardara road, pass Kilclooney church and take right turn L 7713 for Rosbeg. Garden first two storey house on left.

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