Gardens Open

It takes a generous person to open their garden to the public for the enjoyment of others. Here lists about 300 gardens open for visiting, some year-round, others by appointment, and be sure to phone ahead.

Mrs Jessie Mahaffy’s Garden


Established in 1972 by Mrs Jessie Mahaffy, a relative of William Robinson and granddaughter of the forester at Lissadell, Co. Sligo, Blackrock is a garden constructed upon rock.  A charming rockery sits above the farmhouse. A grassy corridor winds between a shrubbery and one of the garden’s shady borders to a small cottage garden planted with perennials.  All of the planting is interspersed with free-seeding aquilegias, foxgloves and yellow Welsh Poppies.  Various lilies are also a feature and ferns abound in the wetter shady areas. This delightful cottage garden has a timeless quality about it, slowly evolving over the years and carefully tended and planted with flowers from gardener friends near and far.  Children must be supervised please!

  • Name:Mrs Jessie Mahaffy’s Garden
  • Address:Lifford, Co. Donegal
  • Phone:086 1759162
  • Website:
  • Contact: Belinda Mahaffy
  • Opening Times:Sat 29th & Sun 30 June and by appt in Summber (2-5.30pm). Donation to Lifford Community Hospital & Medecins Sans Frontiere
  • Memberships:DGT