Writer, garden designer and winner of two gold medals at Chelsea Flower Show, Jane will guide visitors through the wonderful gardens of Newtownbarry House, with its lake, rose garden, amazing sunken garden and grotto, set in a lovely landscape on the River Slaney, with many fine trees.
Enjoy a guided tour in Newtownbarry House, built in the 19th century by the Hall-Dare family which still remains in their ownership. Some of the stunning house features include a top-lit picture gallery, a richly carved staircase, fine fireplaces and the library with an assorted collection of books from family members.
Jane trained as a landscape architect and has more than 35 years experience designing, making and restoring gardens in Britain and abroad. She won two gold medals for her gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show, one for a garden evoking the rose garden she designed at Sudeley Castle, and the other to celebrate Gertrude Jekyll’s centenary.
Jane is the author of several books on the history of gardens and garden plants, including The Garden – an English Love Affair and Peonies – the Imperial Flower. She describes her gardening style as traditional. Besides peonies, her greatest passion is for roses, and she tries to sneak the crab apple ‘Evereste’ into all her gardens.
On a completely different subject, Jane has written the best-selling Good Granny Guide which led to several series of light-hearted weekly articles in The Times about family life, The Good Granny Cookbook and several other Granny books.
This Victorian classical house was designed by the well-known Belfast architect Sir Charles Lanyon and Partners between 1863 and 1869. The house is situated by the River Slaney and is surrounded by lawns, ancient trees and a sunken garden, which was restored in 2004 to co-incide with the opening of the house and gardens to the public. Since then historical tours of the house have been offered showing the unique Lanyon features such as its impressive glazed barrel vaulted roof, beautiful carved staircase and mantelpieces.
Visitors are then invited to visit the sunken garden which has its original 18th century grottos. The garden is approx. 2 acres and is a colourful walled garden which includes a formal oval pool, a fountain and a series of borders filled with shrubs and herbaceous perennials, enclosed by lines of dwarf hedges. Mature trees, a rose garden and a lake complete the picture.
Refreshments are offered in the Farm Café situated in the old servants hall. There is a small gift shop and an art gallery upstairs to view.