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Celebrating the Year of Young People 2018

“For children, most importantly, being in the garden is something magical”

Fritjof Capra

Scotland’s Gardens Scheme is thrilled to be celebrating VisitScotland's 'Year of Young People' in 2018. Gardens are magical places for young people and we want to encourage as them through our gates.

From garden exploration and delicious teas to garden quizzes and hands-on activities, our garden owners have fantastic activities in store.

Steal small eyes away from the T.V., borrow the grandkids or just make the most of a family day out. Children's activities and home-made teas, it's a recipe for a good day out!

Here are just some of the gardens hosting children's activities...

Celebrating the Year of Young People 2018
Celebrating the Year of Young People 2018

Lawton House, Angus and Dundee

Woodland garden of beech trees carpeted with snowdrops and crocuses in spring set around a Georgian House. There is also a walled garden planted with fruit trees and vegetables. The property was owned for many years by Elizabeth and Patrick Allan Fraser who built Hospitalfield House in Arbroath.

Sunday 4 March, 2pm - 5pm 
Admission £3.00, children free.

Cleghorn, Lanarkshire

Eighteenth century garden which is gradually being renovated. Attractive walks through mature trees and shrubs. Recent replanting of a valley below a 12th century dam. Abundant snowdrops and visitors are welcome to return when the daffodils are in flower.

Sunday 4 March, 2pm - 4pm
Admission by donation.

Ardkinglas Woodland Garden, Argyll & Lochaber

In a peaceful setting overlooking Loch Fyne the garden contains one of the finest collections of rhododendrons and conifers in Britain. This includes the mightiest conifer in Europe, a silver fir, as well as many other champion trees. There is a gazebo with an unique 'Scriptorium' based around a collection of literary quotes.

The garden now has the only Gruffalo trail in Scotland, come find him!

1 January - 31 December, Dawn - Dusk 
Admission details can be found on the garden's website.

More wonderful gardens hosting family friendly activities: