An Introduction to our Gardens
The Gardens at the Jinney Ring have, until recently, been the ongoing love and a great deal of hard work for our former Gardener Jean Hubball and her helpers.
Jean transformed the gardens over a period of 10 years and really put us on the map for those who just love the views and the tranquility to those who enjoy looking at the specimen plants growing in the beds! Mike, who ran Arkle Plants until he retired in 2012, helped out in the Gardens too both with plants and design over the years.
Inheriting this wonderful legacy is new gardener Jamie - you will see him in the gardens in most weathers as well as doing some maintenance around the site.
Within the gardens are two large ponds which are home to domesticated white ducks as well as many other wild creatures including Mallards, Moorhens and some very large Carp. In the fields beyond the gardens we have cows and horses (not in winter) so there is always plenty to see. There is a small wood at the end of the site (down the ramp by the carpark) - this is called "Sophie's Wood" (named after the previous owners' daughter). It is well worth a visit and contains mainly English deciduous trees. Through these woods you can get onto the network of footpaths that cross the fields in front of the Centre. (See Site Information for more information about footpaths)
The gardens are the setting for our annual sculpture trail (Aug/Sept each year) as well as marquee events. Customers are also most welcome to eat and drink in the gardens and we have tables and chairs available. (Please note - we do not allow picnics - any food/drink consumed must be purchased from the Centre).
There are many pieces of old farm equipment around, much of it has been donated to us over the years.
We get some terrific sunsets here during the summer, but they are hard to photograph, this is a very wintery one instead, taken by one of our customers.