Walled Garden history
From medieval times, walled gardens were built to provide an encouraging microclimate for fruit, vegetable and flower growth. The keystone above the arch in the Walled Garden at Greenmount is dated 1801.
It took large numbers of highly skilled gardeners to staff this type of garden and due to this, most fell into dereliction at the beginning of the 20th Century.
Greenmount was founded in 1912 and from the start students were trained in Horticulture in its Walled Garden, providing enough manpower to keep it in full production until the late 80’s. It became an area of training and display for amenity horticulture students reflecting the increased interest in the field.
The Walled Garden was redeveloped for the millennium and was one of the largest private/public sector initiatives to happen in Northern Ireland. Greenmount designed the garden, provided the site, technical expertise and labour. Richardsons Fertiliser supported the project financially.
The garden has a dramatic, formal framework with softer planting within. Features include a fountain and cascade, a bronze sculpture, intricate Celtic knot gardens and a small maze. These are a wonderful contrast to the colourful mixed borders and rose beds. Pleached lime trees, formal yew hedges and a large trellis clad pergola contrast the informal potager planting of fruit and vegetables amongst ornamentals.
The College’s ‘learning by doing’ education commitment will continue as the garden matures, evolves and is nurtured to it’s full potential.
The DARD Rose Garden
Northern Ireland is world famous for rose breeding. The DARD Rose Garden celebrates this status and formally marks over forty years of the Department of Agriculture working with the Rose Society of Northern Ireland. The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) awards a prize for the best Floribunda Rose (cluster flowered) in the annual International Rose Trials held in Belfast.
The design of the garden is loosely based on a rose shape. This concept allows for modular extension as further varieties are added each year. Paths are laid in bright clay paviors that will retain their colour as time passes.
A central decorative metal structure with matching arches and a series of metal obelisks has been added to add height and interest throughout the year but especially in winter.
How to find us
Greenmount Campus is situated in beautiful countryside just outside Antrim.
By Car – From Antrim town centre follow the signs for Airport A6. At the mini roundabout, take the second exit and after 1.5 miles, turn left into Tirgracy Road. Continue 0.75 miles along this road and the entrance to Greenmount Campus is situated on the left.
Walled Garden opening times for 2018
The Walled Garden at Greenmount Campus is open for pre-booked tours all year round. To book please contact Alan McIlveen on 028 9442 6669.
The Walled Garden will be open to the public on the following weekend dates in 2018:
- Saturday 30th June, 10 am – 5 pm
- Sunday 1st July, 1 pm – 5 pm
- Saturday 4th August, 10 am – 5 pm
- Sunday 5th August, 1 pm – 5 pm
- Saturday 18th August, 10 am – 5 pm
- Sunday 19th August, 1 pm – 5 pm
For information on open weekends please contact:
45 Tirgracy Road
ANTRIM BT41 4PS
Phone: 028 9442 6601
For group bookings only please contact Alan McIlveen on: 028 9442 6669