Benvarden Garden

Benvarden is described by Terence Reeves Smith in his Guide to Irish Gardens as ‘undoubtedly the best in private hands’

Benvarden’s two acre walled garden has been restored and replanted in the last forty years.

Georgina Cambell notes that the ‘star in this garden is the sunburst rose garden with hybrid tea roses planted in blocks of colour around an Italianate fountain. Exuberant old fashioned roses fountain over arches down the central gravelled walk and there is a model vegetable garden with a restored bothy’

The Woodland Pond has been reclaimed and further clearances and planting are in progress. The cobbled Stable Yard is an unusual diamond-shape and contains stables, a coach house and a tea room. There is also a small collection of farm and garden implements.

Contact Details

36 Benvarden Road
Co. Antrim
Open Tuesday to Sunday 1st June to end of August 12.00 – 5.30 p.m.
Closed Mondays Except Bank Holidays
Tel: (028) 2074 1331


Upcoming Events

We organise garden visits and garden-orientated tours in Ireland and overseas. We have a winter lecture programme, practical gardening workshops in Spring and Summer, a list of Partner Gardens, the RHSI Journal published three times a year, the RHSI  restoration of the walled garden at Russborough as our charity focus and an exciting Bicentenary Seminar planned for the RDS in September 2016. RHSI members have priority booking privileges but many events are also open to other interested gardeners.

RHSI Annual Plant Sale

Saturday 06 May, 2017

Lecture by Stephen Butler

Wednesday 26 April, 2017

Floral Art Demonstration by Maureen Fagan

Wednesday 19 April, 2017

Airfield Estate Gardens

Ballymaloe Cookery School

Ballyrobert Gardens

Bantry House and Garden

Bellefield House

Benvarden Garden

Birr Castle Garden

Blarney Castle and Gardens

Burtown House and Gardens

Colclough Walled Garden

Coolaught Walled Garden

Festina Lente

Gash Gardens

Glebe Gardens

Glenavon Japanese Garden

June Blake’s Garden, Blessington

Kilfane Glen and Waterfall

Killruddery House and Gardens

Kilmokea Country Manor and Gardens

Kylemore Abbey Victorian Walled Garden

Lodge Park Walled Garden

Mount Usher Gardens

Newtownbarry House and Garden

Oakfield Park Gardens

Old Deanery Garden

Salthill Garden

Seaforde Gardens

Terra Nova Gardens

The Bay Garden

Tullynally Castle Gardens

Tyrrelstown House Garden

Woodville Walled Garden