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Barnweil Garden

Craigie, near Kilmarnock KA1 5NE
Mrs Lorna Alexander
Current Openings:
By arrangement 21 May - 21 July and 14 September - 20 October. Bookings that have already been made will be honoured. (2024)
Admission £6.00, children free.
Nominated charity: Tarbolton Parish Church of Scotland 30% & The Ridley Foundation 30%.
Sunday 26 May, 2pm - 5pm (2024)
Admission £6.00, children free.
Nominated charity: Tarbolton Parish Church of Scotland 30% & The Ridley Foundation 30%.
Description: An earlier opening date than usual highlights the late spring woodland garden, that surrounds the more formal borders and lawns next to the 19th-century house. The woodland features azaleas, species and hybrid rhododendrons as well as acers and magnolias with primulas, meconopsis, smilacina and a wide variety of hostas, ferns and other foliage focused plants especially lining Oscar's ditch. Another woodland feature is the Golden Glade where golden leaved trees, shrubs and under-planting should be at its most potent. The golden philadelphus should be in full flower and the arching sprays of white-stemmed golden bramble (rubus) are particularly graceful. Herbaceous and rose borders nearer the house will have an early summer display of perennial geraniums, alliums, astrantia and many others whilst the species and old roses will be flowering. During June and July visitors can still see the wide selection of David Austin and other roses while herbaceous borders will be at their peak. During September and October you can see the autumn leaf colours of Parrotia, Liquidambar and American oaks with displays of sedums, dahlias and anemones.

Directions: From the south take the A719 off the A77 at Sandyford roundabout continue on the A719 for 2.5 miles before turning left onto the B730. Take the first left signposted Barnweil Monument, and the garden is on the right. From the north on the A77 take the left at the B730 Tarbolton (past Hayes). Go two miles on the right, signposted Barnweil Monument and the garden is on the right.

The listing location on a map.