BY PADDY MEEHAN
A South Donegal garden is catching the attention of experts in both Ireland and the UK.
Seaview garden in Mountcharles has had a four page spread with photos in the UK’s top selling magazine Amateur Gardener and recently featured in Irish Gardener.
So it was no surprise that last Friday, at the ‘end of season’ meeting of the County Donegal Garden Trail in Salthill House, Mountcharles that Seaview was named Garden of the Year. Owner Dorothy Jervis was presented with her specially engraved medal by Sean O’Gaoithin, Head Gardener at Glenveagh Castle and National Park.
When you consider she was competing with big players - the likes of Glenveagh Castle, Oakfield Park Raphoe, St Columb’s Glebe Gallery Churchill, Dunmore House Carrigans, Carrablagh House Portnasalo and Salthill House Mountcharles - it was no mean feat. It’s a proud achievement for the Mountcharles lady whose unique and colourful garden, is a credit to her.
The 21 gardens of the ‘Donegal Garden Trail’ which stretch from the Inishowen peninsula to Donegal Town are now among one of the county’s best tourist attractions. Just last month they featured in several German magazines and newspapers, and already several German gardening tour groups have made plans to visit Donegal next year.
“The Garden Trail is entirely self sustaining without any financial grant assistance from government bodies”. County co-ordinator Joan Donleavy from Inver said.
More information on www.donegalgardentrail.com.