I went for a walk in Rowallane Gardens this morning.
The National Trust in Northern Ireland has its regional offices here.
|St John's Wort|
Rowallane Gardens are beside Saintfield, County Down.
|The herb & salad garden|
The gardens were truly beautiful this morning. They really are a gardener's paradise.
A heavy dew remained on the lawns and the woods were captivating.
There is a pottery here; and the café is on the ground floor in Rowallane House, former residence of the Armytage-Moore family.
The bell-tower in the stable-yard has the crest of the Moores, a Moor's head.
I have written a bit about the Moores of Rowallane here.
I encountered Mike, one of the administration staff, on my way back to the car, and he brought me up to date with developments on the demesne.
|Mural plaque on the House|
There is a little second-hand bookshop at one corner of the stable-yard.