When the Walled Garden and Tea Room at Glenarm Castle opened its gates last week, it marked a very special milestone.
Welcoming over 250,000 visitors over the years, this will be the 10th season it has been open to the public.
To celebrate, the estate has extended the visitor experience via a new Castle Trail, offering garden visitors access to view the rest of the estate including the magnificent Castle (subject to availability).
Fifteen years ago Lord and Lady Dunluce set about the ambitious task of restoring the walled garden.
With the aim of bringing the garden back to its former glory they consulted and worked with a range of gardening experts to achieve this.
This included support from former Head Gardener at Mount Stewart, Nigel Marshall, and, more recently, Reg Maxwell (former Area Manager of Belfast Parks from 1971) until his retirement.
With commitment and dedication from local man, James Wharry (Head Gardener) and his team, the garden is continually maintained to the highest standard.
Today the Walled Garden, one of the oldest Walled Gardens in Ireland, welcomes visitors from around the world.
Among the attractions are the Sculpture of the Mother and Child by Angela Sykes (in the border at the bottom of the garden).
Angela, later Countess of Antrim, was the present Earl’s mother and a talented artist. The sculpture of the Mother and Child was completed when she was only 16 years old and exhibited at the Royal Academy, London.
Also look out for The Yew Circle, The Herb Garden, The Cascade and Fountains, The Hot Border, The Kitchen Garden, The Glass House, and The Obelisk.
Meanwhile, the Tea Room has been a place for visitors to relax and enjoy the views of the kitchen garden, as well as delicious cream teas or a light lunch.
For further details on the Walled Garden and Tea Room including season passes, admission fee and opening times visit www.glenarmcastle.com