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Salthill Walled Garden


A six acre cliff top garden with strong Japanese influence.

Co Donegal
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Salthill Walled Garden

Opening Months: May, June, July, August, September
Opening Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 2-6 pm, Sat in May + June
Admission Charge: €5
  • Appointment Only
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When Elizabeth Temple started to reclaim a 200 year old walled garden, she did the logical thing and started gardening near the door. Nothing remained in the walled acre except a greenhouse and some paths, and a new garden - rather than a restored one - evolved.

Now vegetables are grown traditional Donegal style in 12 foot wide ridges around the walls, with the decorative plants in the centre. Planting is designed to give a season long display - starting with daffodils and other spring bulbs, and running through hard working plants like thalictrums, hardy geraniums, lichnis, agapanthus, cardoons, and phlox - and crocosmia wreathe a circular lawn.

Old fashioned roses are a feature of the garden and include the single white R mulliganii, ‘Sanders White Rambler’, ‘Veilchenblau’ and the golden rambler ‘Alistair Stella Grey’ . Shrub and mixed borders make up the rest of the design, with hydrangeas blushing in the acid soil, eucryphias and Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ .

An unusual feature is a beech room sheltering Zantadeschias and white crinum lilies, and a potting shed adds a picturesque touch. Salthill is gardened organically and Elizabeth finds that feeding roses really well is the best protection against pests.

The walled garden creates a microclimate, and gives protection against the winds once used to dry the salt which gives the townland its name.

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

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  • Groups Accepted
  • Groups Need Appointments
  • Accept Only Groups
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Salthill Walled Garden - County Donegal
Salthill Walled Garden - County Donegal
Salthill Walled Garden - County Donegal
Salthill Walled Garden - County Donegal
Salthill Walled Garden - County Donegal
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Bypass Mountcharles village on N56, at red +white Toyota garage turn left, travel straight down over 2 crossroads, gardens on left.

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