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Large town garden with herbaceous and grass borders, woodland and wild garden

35 Kings Road Belfast
Co Antrim
Tel: +44 28 9079 6614

Please mention when enquiring.


Opening Months: May, June, July, August, September
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Admission Charge:
  • Appointment Only
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This two and a half acre garden in suburban Knock is as unexpected as it is full of surprises. In its hidden heart the woodland glade is a Robinsonian paradise where plants from all over the world romp in happy abandon under a sheltered canopy of trees.

The garden is situated on sandy soil, once part of an ice age lake bed. Little was left of the original Victorian garden surrounding the 1888 house which has been in the same family for generations together with a persistent gardening gene inherited by Mr Knox Gass and active for his 30 years of gardening there.

The front garden, screened by century old trees and planted with Loderi rhododendrons, a handsome cedar, cherries and bulbs, acts as a peaceful introduction. A pergola clad in Wisteria‘Caroline’ leads on to an enclosed garden with a circular bed filled with covetable plants like Verbena bonariensis, Geranium maderense, a banana tree and a small formal area with a chorus of paeony trees, before opening onto a spectacular double border, one side planted with handsome perennials like Helianthus ‘Limelight’ thalictrum, Potentilla‘Molten Fire’ and herbaceous clematis, the colours shading from hot to cool. The other is planted with grasses from miscanthus to chionochloa to Stipa gigantea and the structural forms of yucca .

The steep banks, with logs steps, and the floor of the dell are full of interest, with a fernery, naturalised lilies and phlox, a river of primulas, a meconopsis bed and unusual shrubs like pseudopanax, Mukdenia rossiiand tree ferns which look spectacular viewed from above a spot where a waterfall is planned.

A lawn surrounded by mixed borders and a terrace with a most tempting array of plants for sale, propagated from the garden and from exotic seeds, completes the picture.

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

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  • Groups Accepted
  • Groups Need Appointments
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  • Guided Tours

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From the Upper Newtownards Road turn right into Knock Road, Kings Road is 2nd right.

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