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.



Close to the coast in scenic west Donegal and surrounding a traditional farmhouse, this garden was established in 1979 in a valley on a rocky hillside surrounded by four acres of native hazel woodland with blackthorn, juniper, burnet rose, ash and oak.  Native primroses, bluebells, orchids and varied ferns abound.  Emphasis has been placed on the blending of nurture with nature and the provision of all year round colour from many trees, shrubs, bulbs and herbaceous plants.  Above the house is the woodland garden with rambling roses and honey bees buzzing in a shady glade.

In the sheltered glen below the house a pond mirrors the ever changing Donegal skies. This naturally spring-fed pool is surrounded with a host of shrubs, fruit trees and acid loving plants. Please note that the terrain is hilly and the paths rough. Children welcome as are dogs on leads. Parking and toilet facilities are available.

  • Name:Summy
  • Address:Portnoo, Co. Donegal
  • Phone:074 9545242/ 087 3948546
  • Website:
  • Contact:Mr Michael Classon
  • Opening Times:June to October when owner at home. Please call in advance. Donation to charity.
  • Memberships:DGT
  • Wheelchair Access:No