From May to July, Ballinvillon Gardens is a riot of colour as rhodedendrons and azaleas bloom.
Ballinvillon can be found east of Durrus village at the old mill settlement on Four Mile Water, in Ballycommane. The mill grounds were used by the monastic community that was based at Moulinward in centuries past. There are traces of pre-industrial mill workings in the river, and this whole area remains connected to its ancient past.
Today, Ballinvillon Gardens is home to a garden, developed in the Himalayan style, that is a haven for azaleas and rhodedendrons by the river-side. The garden – as natural as it is abundantly colourful – has been developed over twenty years by David and Elizabeth Haddon who share an interest in the hybridisation of rhododendrons and decideous azaleas.
These plants are a constant source of interest in the early summer garden, but the discerning visitor will also notice many acers, magnolias, and camellias among the many beautiful plants here. A stunning collection of differently coloured bamboos is also distributed around the garden.
This adds height and drama to what is a spectacular display of colour from May onwards.
You’ll find many rare rhododendrons here, with examples drawn from American as well as European collections. Elizabeth and David develop their own hybrid rhodedendrons, some of which are under trial for registration. There’s something here to catch even the most experienced gardener by surprise.
With lots of rare rhodedenron and azalea plants for sale, it may be hard to come home empty-handed!
Ballinvillon Gardens can be found a short drive from Durrus on the Sheep’s Head peninsula in West Cork. It lies close to Carraig Abhainn Gardens, Bantry House & Gardens, Ballycommane Garden, and the West Cork Garden Trail!
The garden is rugged but safe, and will be open in 2016 from March 17th to 1st September daily from 10am to 5pm.
Due to the nature of the garden, there is no wheelchair or pushchair access available.
Admission is €5 per person and dogs are not allowed.
|Location:||Ballycommane, Durrus, Co. Cork.|
|Opening Hours:||17th March – 1st September.
Monday to Sunday. 10am – 5.00pm.