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28 Killyfaddy Road


Cottage style garden on 1 acre with a vibrant collection of herbaceous plants.

28 Killyfaddy Road
Co Londonderry
BT45 6EX
Tel: +44 28 7963 2180

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28 Killyfaddy Road

Opening Months: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Opening Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Opening Hours: 1-5pm (& by appointment)
Admission Charge:
  • Appointment Only
  • Admission Charge

When Mrs Buchanan first started gardening, 32 years ago, she and her husband split the garden between them. Somehow over the years her flowers have overflowed into his vegetable patch and, in the way that gardens do, theirs just grew - taking in a piece of field with gorgeous view of the Sperrins known as the Sunset Strip, plus an extra half acre across the road.

The end result is an appealing cottage garden where grass paths swirl between beds bursting with delectable plants. You never quite know what is going to be round the next corner, perfumed drifts of pink, white and mauve phlox with splashes of Helianthus‘Lemon Queen’, curiosities like a variegated embothrium, a lurking savage beast, or blue tear drop shapes of Pratea pendunculataspared by the lawn mower.

Only two rules applied in the making of the garden, there were no straight lines and Mrs Buchanan grew everything she could gets her hands on from seed, mail order and cuttings with such success that she now sells irresistible herbaceous plants propagated from the garden. Some species are special favourites: Salvias like S. involucrata, and ‘Scarlet King’, hellebores, lilies, Siberica iris and primulas. “The plants are in charge here”, says Mrs Buchanan.

There are lots of things to be learned from her garden - how to grow mistletoe, why Verbena corymbosa is much more obliging than her fashionable cousin bonariensis. There are new features – a pond with bog garden or a woodland area and unusual plants like Picea abies‘Nidiformis’ with its tutu skirts, willow gentians, snakes head fritillaries, a cut leaved beech, dangerous but exotic Loasa or turtle headed Chelone obliqua - to be discovered at every turn.

Best time of year to visit: June, July, August

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  • Groups Accepted
  • Groups Need Appointments
  • Accept Only Groups
  • Guided Tours

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28 Killyfaddy Road - Garden Magherafelt County londonderry Northern ireland
28 Killyfaddy Road - Garden Magherafelt County londonderry Northern ireland
28 Killyfaddy Road - Garden Magherafelt County londonderry Northern ireland
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From centre of Magherafelt, 2nd turn on left on Moneymore Road.

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