Lifford, Co. Donegal

Mrs Jessie Mahaffy’s Garden

Duration: 60 Mins

Established in 1972 by Mrs Jessie Mahaffy, a relative of William Robinson and a granddaughter of the forester at Lissadell, Co Sligo, Blackrock is a garden constructed completely upon rock.  A charming rockery sits above the farmhouse.  A grassy corridor winds between a shrubbery and a shady border to a small cottage garden where perennials are interspersed with free-seeding aquilegias, foxgloves and yellow poppies.  Tree lilies are a feature amongst hydrangeas.  Ferns abound in the shady areas.  A drought resistant mini meadow and a dry border flourish in the gravel of the yard.  This delightful cottage garden has a timeless quality about it, slowly evolving over the years, carefully tended and planted with flowers from garden friends near and far.



By appointment in August only


2km outside Lifford on the N14, take the R 265 to St Johnston. Pass yellow council cottages on left (about 1km). The garden is 5th house on left after this at the beech tree, black gates and white-washed walls. Parking on side of road outside 3rd or 4th house.

Covid-19 Statement - 2021

You will find a detailed description of each of our gardens under the ‘GARDENS’ tab along with proposed opening dates and times. However these are, of course, subject to any Covid Restrictions prevailing at the time and so we ask that you check our Facebook page for up to date information on which gardens are scheduled to be open and please phone the owner to be sure before travelling.

Please visit our Facebook Page for all the month by month information on which gardens are open plus any changes to details on our website.

There will be no printed brochures this year.