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Fife Spring Trail

Fife Spring Trail

Various locations across Fife KY
The Fife Gardeners
Sunday 14 April (12pm - 3pm), Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday, 16/17/18/19 April 10am - 4pm, Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday, 23/24/25/26 April 10am - 4pm & Monday 29 April (2pm - 5pm), Tuesday 30 April (2pm - 4pm), Wednesday 1 May (2pm - 5pm), Thursday 2 May (1pm - 5pm) & Friday 3 May (10am - 4pm) (2019)
The Fife Spring Trail comprises six unique gardens and one plant fair, at Cambo Gardens. Visitors can enjoy visiting a wide variety of gardens, with special collections of endangered species from the Southern Hemipshere (Cedar Cottage) or a tulip adorned walled garden and bluebell covered 'Millennium Wood' (Teasses). It’s a wonderful opportunity to explore a plantsman's garden undergoing gradual re-development (Rosemount Cottage) and spring woodland with terraced walled garden (Kirklands). And Balcaskie's rhododendrons and magnolias will be at their magnificent best.
Balcaskie Pittenweem KY10 2RE (The Anstruther Family)
Open Fridays, 19th and 26th April and 3rd May, 1-4pm
Cambo Plant Fair Kingsbarns KY16 8QD (Trustees of Cambo Heritage Trust)
Open Sunday 14th April, noon-3pm
Cedar Cottage Mill Road, Craigrothie KY15 5PZ (Mr Ian Douglas)
Open Thursdays, 18th and 25th April and 2nd May, 1-4pm
Kirklands Saline KY12 9TS (Peter & Gill Hart)
Open Wednesdays, 17th and 24th April and 1st May, 2-5pm
Rosemount Cottage 21 Main Street, Ceres KY15 5NA (Gavin and Sarah Anderson)
Open Monday 29th April, Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd May, 2-5pm
Strathkinness Community Garden and Orchard Bonfield Road KY16 9RR (Strathkinness Community Trust)
Open Tuesdays, 16th, 23rd and 30th April, 2-4pm
Teasses Gardens near Ceres KY8 5PG (Sir Fraser and Lady Morrison)
Open Fridays, 19th and 26th April and 3rd May, 10am-4pm

Directions: Directions to each garden will be provided with the tickets.

Admission: £25.00, children free
Charities: East Neuk First Responders 30% & The Rotary Club of St Andrews: Arclight Eye Project 30%
Dundonnell House

Dundonnell House

Little Loch Broom, Wester Ross IV23 2QW
Dundonnell Estates
Thursday 18 April, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
T:07789 390028
Camellias, magnolias and bulbs in spring, rhododendrons and laburnum walk in this ancient walled garden. Exciting planting in new borders gives all year colour centred around one of the oldest yew trees in Scotland. A new water sculpture, midsummer roses, recently restored unique Victorian glass house, riverside walk, arboretum - all in the valley below the peaks of An Teallach.
Champion Trees: Yew and Holly

Directions: Turn off the A835 at Braemore on to the A832. After 11 miles take the Badralloch turn for a half mile.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Compassion in World Farming 30% & MND Scotland 30%
Maolachy's Garden

Maolachy's Garden

Lochavich, by Taynuilt PA35 1HJ
Georgina Dalton
Saturday 20 April, Saturday/Sunday, 25/26 May, Saturday/Sunday, 29/30 June, Saturday/Sunday, 27/28 July, Saturday/Sunday, 24/25 August & Saturday/Sunday, 28/29 September, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
T:01866 844212
Three acres of woodland garden with a tumbling burn - created in a small glen over 40 years. At an altitude of 450 feet and two weeks behind the coastal changes, we have a shorter growing season. By not struggling to grow tender or late species we can enjoy those that are happy to grow well here and give us all much pleasure. Snowdrops, followed by early rhododendrons, masses of daffodils in many varieties, bluebells, wildflowers and azaleas, primulas and irises. A productive vegetable patch and tunnel feed the gardener and family.

Directions: Ignore SatNav. A816 to Kilmelford. Turn uphill between shop and church, signposted Lochavich 6, steep and twisty road with hairpin bend shortly after leaving village, check for passing places. Maolachy Drive is four miles from village. Cross three county cattle grids; after the third Ignore the foresty tracks to left and right. Continue downhill towards Loch Avich, and Maolachy is up on the left, first house after Kilmelford.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: The Hope Project Scotland (SCIO): Oban 60%
Megginch Castle

Megginch Castle

Errol PH2 7SW
Mr Giles Herdman and The Hon Mrs Drummond-Herdman of Megginch
Sunday 21 April, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
T:01821 642222
Megginch Castle has been the much loved home of the Drummonds of Megginch since July 1664. Come and join with us in our traditional Easter Day celebrations: we need help from all ages to hunt for copious chocolate eggs hidden by the Easter Bunny. He will have hidden them among the swathes of heritage daffodils, in amongst the formal gardens, down the Beech Avenue (aided by his friend the Lollipop Tree Fairy), in the 18th-century cobbled courtyard, in the walled garden and extensive orchard and in amongst the two National Apple Collections! When you have had a good search round, head back for hot mugs of tea, home made cakes and sandwiches under the ancient yew trees.
National Plant Collection: Scottish cider apples, Scottish Heritage apples and pears
Champion Trees: Acer palmatum

Directions: Ten miles from Perth and Dundee directly off the A90, Perth-bound carriageway, 600 yards after the Errol/ Rait flyover, on the left hand side, 300 yards after Beware Pedestrians Crossing sign.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: All proceeds to SGS Beneficiaries
10 Stuart Avenue

10 Stuart Avenue

Ardersier, Inverness IV2 7SA
Mr and Mrs Kevin Reid
Saturday 27 April & Saturday 25 May, 10am - 4pm (2019)
A cottage style garden with vibrant rich and dense plantings of perennials and shrubs that bring colour and scent across the seasons, and makes the most of the limited space. Winner of the Inverness Courier Garden of the Year (medium category) in 2015, featured in the Beechgrove Garden in 2016 and overall winner of the Inverness Courier Garden of the Year in 2017. 

Directions: From Inverness or Nairn take the A96, then the B9039 to Ardesier. After the 30mph sign turn right to Nairn, then first left into Reaybank Road and left again. Limited parking in Stuart Avenue, more in adjoining streets. 

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Marie Curie 60%
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SGS Kilmacolm Plant Sale

outside Kilmacolm Library, Kilmacolm PA13 4LE
Scotland's Garden Scheme Renfrewshire Committee
Saturday 27 April, 10am - 12pm (2019)
Spring plant sale in the middle of Kilmacolm.

Directions: The plant sale will be held at the Cross outside the Library and Cargill centre. Accessible by McGill Buses.

Admission: by donation
Charities: All proceeds to SGS Beneficiaries
The Tower

The Tower

1 Northview Terrace, Wormit DD6 8PP
Peter and Angela Davey
Saturday 27 April & Saturday 3 August, 1pm - 5pm (2019)
T:01382 541635 M: 07768 406946
Situated four miles south of Dundee, this one-acre Edwardian landscaped garden has panoramic views over the River Tay. Set on a hill, a series of paths meander around ponds and a small stream, rockeries featuring hellebores and low-level planting, a curved lawn and larger borders. Original woodland paths lead to a granite grotto with waterfall pool. At the rear of the house the vegetable garden features raised beds made from granite sets. We have recently removed rhododendrons to create more space for seating and flower beds.

Directions: From B946 park on Naughton Road outside Spar shop and walk up path on left following signs.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Amnesty International (UK Section) Charitable Trust 60%
Knock Newhouse

Knock Newhouse

Lochgair PA31 8RZ
Mr and Mrs Hew Service
Saturday/Sunday, 27/28 April, Sunday 12 May & Sunday 9 June, 1:30pm - 5pm (2019)
T:01546 886628
The six-acre woodland garden is centred on a small waterfall, an 250 foot lochan and lily pond. Since the 1960s there has been constant planting including major plantings in 1989 and the 90s. The storms of 2011/12 caused great damage to trees and bushes, but created space for additional azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, hoheria, eucryphia and other flowering shrubs. There are over 100 species of rhododendron, as well as hybrids. Among the mature and young trees are cut leaf oak and alder, specimen conifers, redwoods, eucalyptus, acers and a wollemi pine, which was thought to be extinct until found in Australia in 1994.

Directions: On the A83. The house is not visible from the road. From Lochgilphead, half-a-mile south of Lochgair Hotel and on the left-hand side of the road, and from Inveraray on the right side of the road half a mile after the Lochgair Hotel; the drive opening is marked and enters the woods.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: MND Scotland 30% & Christ Church Scottish Episcopal Church 30%
41 Hermitage Gardens

41 Hermitage Gardens

Edinburgh EH10 6AZ
Dr and Mrs Tony Toft
Saturday/Sunday, 27/28 April, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
This relatively large city garden on the corner of Hermitage Gardens and Hermitage Drive is at its best in spring with its rock garden, rhododendrons, camellias, acers, tulips and mature trees. 

Directions: Buses 5, 11, 15, 16, 23. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland 60%
Westhall Castle

Westhall Castle

Oyne, Inverurie AB52 6RW
Mr Gavin Farquhar and Mrs Pam Burney
Sunday 28 April, 1am - 4pm (2019)
T:01224 214301
Set in an ancient landscape in the foothills of the impressive foreboding hill of Bennachie is a circular walk through glorious daffodils with outstanding views. This interesting garden in early stages of restoration, with large groupings of rhododendrons and specimen trees. Westhall Castle is a 16th-century tower house, incorporating a 13th century building of the bishops of Aberdeen. There were additions in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The castle is semi-derelict, but stabilised from total dereliction. A fascinating house encompassing 600 years of alteration and additions.

Directions: Marked from the A96 at Old Rayne and from Oyne Village.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Bennachie Guides 60%
Benmore Botanic Garden

Benmore Botanic Garden

Benmore, Dunoon PA23 8QU
A Regional Garden of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Sunday 28 April, 10am - 6pm (2019)
T:01369 706261
Benmore’s magnificent mountainside setting is a joy to behold. Its 120 acres boast a world-famous collection of plants from the Orient and Himalayas to North and South America, as well as an impressive avenue of giant redwoods, one of the finest entrances to any botanic garden. Established in 1863, these majestic giants stand over 150 foot high. Seven miles of trails throughout lead to a restored Victorian Fernery and dramatic viewpoint at 420 feet looking out to surrounding mountains and Holy Loch. There is also traditional Bhutanese and Chilean pavilions and the magnificent Golden Gates. Keep an eye out for red squirrels and other wildlife as you explore the garden.
National Plant Collection: Abies, South American Temperate Conifers, Picea

Directions: Seven miles north of Dunoon or 22 miles south from Glen Kinglass below Rest and Be Thankful pass. On A815. Bus service is limited.

Admission: details can be found on the garden's website
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Dumfries Station Garden

Dumfries Station Garden

Dumfries Railway Station, Lovers Walk, Dumfries DG1 1LT
South West Railway Adopters Garden Group (Louis Wall)
Sunday 28 April, Sunday 30 June & Sunday 8 September, 11am - 4pm (2019)
Dumfries Station Garden, on both sides of the station platform, is quite unusual. It is formally planted to reflect colour and interest all year round. There is a specialist wildlife garden planted with native wildflower species and also a Biblical garden, composed of many plants mentioned in the Bible. You will also see unique pieces of artwork depicting the Flying Scotsman and also the beautiful landscape of wild Galloway. The garden is co-ordinated by Louis Wall, holder of Gardener of the Year Award in 2018. He is assisted by a team of hard-working volunteers. 

Directions: The garden is located on both sides of the station platform at Dumfries Station on Lovers Walk in Dumfries. Most buses stop directly at the station, which is about a ten-minute walk from the town centre. There is ample parking spaces. 

Admission: by donation
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
The Steading at Clunie

The Steading at Clunie

Newmill of Kinloch, Clunie, Blairgowrie PH10 6SG
Jean and Dave Trudgill
Sunday 28 April, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
T:01250 884263
The Steading at Newmill is situated on the Lunan Burn midway between lochs Clunie and Marlee. There is a small cottage garden with a fish pond that leads on to the wildflower meadow that, hopefully, will be carpeted with cowslips. A bridge over the tail-race of the old mill is the start of the woodland walk around two ponds and for about 600 yards along the Lunan Burn with displays of wood anemones, lady’s smock and primoses. The area is a haven for wildlife with beavers burrowing into the banks of the mill race.

Directions: Three miles west of Blairgowrie on the A923. About 600 yards after the Kinloch Hotel in the direction of Dunkeld take the track on the left, just after a mobile phone mast and a breeze-block wall. There is parking for ten vehicles on a paved area, and ample parking in a neighbour’s field, provided the ground is not soft.

Admission: £4.50, children free
Charities: Save the Children UK 60%
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Glenarn Plant Sale

Glenarn Road, Rhu G84 8LL
Michael and Sue Thornley
Sunday 28 April, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
T:01436 820493
Magnolia, rhododendrons, maples, meconopsis and other ericaceous plants raised by cuttings from Glenarn plants or from specialist seed exchanges plus lots of other interesting plants.

Directions: On the A814, two miles north of Helensburgh, up Pier Road. Cars to be left at the gate unless passengers are infirm.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Alzheimer Scotland: Helensburgh Dementia Resource Centre 60%
Merrylee Spring Plant Sale

Merrylee Spring Plant Sale

Merrylee Plots, Quadrant Road, Newlands, Glasgow G43 2QQ
Merrylee Plotholders Association
Saturday 4 May, 11:30am - 3:30pm (2019)
T:07768 964027
The annual Merrylee Plant Sale is delighted to open the gates for 2019 to the public for the first time. Previously a members only event, the plant sale is a firm favourite in the gardening calendar. The stalls are situated in the courtyard at Merrylee Plotholders Association allotments in the heart of Glasgow’s Southside - a two kilometre square hidden gem in the city. Our bank holiday, early season sale includes a wide selection of home grown perennials, shrubs, bedding plants and more. Vegetable seedlings like leeks, tomatoes, brassicas and salads will also be available. We look forward to seeing you all!

Directions: From Glasgow, follow the M8 west, joining the M77, leave at Junction 2, turning left onto Barrhead Road. Follow for two and a half miles via Nether Auldhouse Road. Turning left onto Langside Drive. Merrylee is on the right at Quadrant Road. By Rail from Glasgow Central, Scotrail trains to Newton. Alight at Langside Station. and it's about ½ mile (eight mins by foot). Merrylee is on the left at Quadrant Road. By Bus from Glasgow City Centre, towards First Bus to Crookfur. Nos 38, 38b, 38c, 38e to Calderwood Road (Id:45243628). Walking south on Kilmarnock Road, left onto Merrylee Road. and along Langside Drive go in on the left. (Ten minute walk).

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Merrylee Plotholders Association 60%
Kames Bay

Kames Bay

Kilmelford PA34 4XA
Stuart Cannon
Saturday/Sunday, 4/5 May, 2pm - 6pm (2019)
T:01852 200205
Kames Bay garden has evolved from two acres of scrub and bracken on an exposed lochside hill into a natural, almost wild, garden spread over 13 acres, which blends into the contours of the coastal landscape. A garden where visitors can wander at peace on the woodland walk, or the hillside walk edged with wild primroses and violets, or around the pond edged with hydrangeas. Relax on hidden benches to enjoy the magnificent views over Loch Melfort and the islands to the west. An enchanting garden full of vibrant colours, especially in the spring, with more than 100 varieties of azaleas and rhododendrons.

Directions: On the A816 Oban to Lochgilphead road opposite. Kames Bay and the fish farm. Two and a half miles south of Kilmelford and two-and-a-half miles north of Arduaine.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: St Columba's - Poltalloch 60%
Dr Neil's Garden

Dr Neil's Garden

Duddingston Village EH15 3PX
Dr Neil's Garden Trust
Saturday/Sunday, 4/5 May, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
Wonderful, secluded, landscaped garden on the lower slopes of Arthur’s Seat including conifers, heathers, alpines, a physic garden, herbaceous borders and ponds. Also Thompson’s Tower with the Museum of Curling and beautiful views across Duddingston Loch. 

Directions: Park at kirk car park on Duddingston Road West and then follow signposts through the manse garden. 

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Dr. Neils Garden Trust 60%
Crawick Multiverse

Crawick Multiverse

Crawick, Sanquhar DG4 6ET
Charles Jencks
Sunday 5 May, 10am - 4pm (2019)
T:01659 50242
Crawick Multiverse is a major land art restoration project on the Duke of Buccleuch’s Queensberry Estate in Dumfriesshire. Created by landscape architect Charles Jencks, the former open-cast coal mine has been transformed into a stunning representation of theories of the universe, linking the themes of space, astronomy and cosmology, using the ecology of the site, and the materials found within, to inspire its design. 

Directions: From Sanquhar, head to Kirkconnel, turn right on the B740 Crawfordjohn, as you travel on the B740 after 250 yards you will pass under a viaduct (rail bridge) take the second exit on the left approximately 100 yards past the viaduct. See website for more details. 

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Maggies Centre 60%
Portrack, The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

Portrack, The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

Holywood DG2 0RW
John Jencks
Sunday 5 May, 11am - 5pm (2019)
Forty major areas, gardens, bridges, landforms, sculpture, terraces, fences and architectural works. Covering 30 acres, The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, designed by Charles Jencks, uses nature to celebrate nature, both intellectually and through the senses, including the sense of humour. 

Directions: Holywood is one and a half miles off A76, five miles north of Dumfries. 

Admission: £10.00, children free
Charities: Maggies Centre 60%


by Auchterarder PH3 1PP
Neil Mitchison
Sunday 5 May, 11am - 5pm (2019)
T:01764 664907
Two acres of wild garden, with a wide variety of rhododendrons and azaleas, and an impressive collection of trees, including metasequoia, cryptomeria, Acer cappadocicum, Sequoia sempervirens, Quercus robur ‘Filicifolia’, liriodendron, several Japanese maples, magnificent beech and Scots pines trees, and extensive yew topiary; also an acre of walled garden with embothriums, Acer griseum, liquidamber, several sorbus varieties, parrotia and a large herbaceous border. Fine views of Strathearn from the front of the house. 

Directions: From A823, just south of A9, follow small road heading north east, signposted Duchally. Continue for approximately two and a half miles, turn right at sign Coulshill. Continue just under half a mile. Entrance through stone pillars on right.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Camphill Scotland: Tipereth 60%
Fingask Castle

Fingask Castle

Rait PH2 7SA
Mr and Mrs Andrew Murray Threipland
Sunday 5 May, 1:30pm - 4:30pm (2019)
T:01821 670777 ext 2
The garden with a sense of humour: Alice in Wonderland topiary staggers across the lawn, bumping into stone globes, marble balls and statues from three centuries. Historical and literary figures are scattered among pleasure gardens first laid out in the 18th century. Both Bonnie Prince Charlie and his father are said to have approached the castle from the longer yew parade, the Kings Walk. There is a marked 15-minute walk down the steep dell to a medieval wishing well (St Peter’s), over a Chinese bridge crossing the Fingask Burn via the Iron Age Fort to Fingask Loch and Sir Stuart’s House, back along another path to the orchard car park (wellies recommended). There are large drifts of snowdrops, daffodils and flowering shrubs depending on the season.
Champion Trees: Pinus wallichiana

Directions: Half-way between Perth and Dundee. From the A90 follow signs to Rait until small crossroad, turn right and follow signs to Fingask.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Fingask Follies 30% & All Saints Episcopal Church 30%
Brechin Castle

Brechin Castle

Brechin DD9 6SG
The Earl and Countess of Dalhousie
Sunday 5 May, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
T:01356 624566
The uniquely curving walls of the garden at Brechin Castle are just the first of many delightful surprises in store. The luxurious blend of ancient and modern plantings is the second. Find charm and splendour in the wide gravelled walks, secluded small paths and corners. May sees the rhododendrons and azaleas hit the peak of their flowering to wonderful effect, with complementary underplanting and a framework of great and beautiful trees set the collection in the landscape. This is a lovely garden at any time of year and a knockout in the spring.

Directions: A90 southernmost exit to Brechin, one mile past Brechin Castle Centre, castle gates are on the right.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Unicorn Preservation Society 30% & The Dalhousie Centre Day Care For The Elderly 30%
Earlshall Castle

Earlshall Castle

Leuchars KY16 0DP
Paul and Josine Veenhuijzen
Sunday 5 May, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
T:01334 839205
Extensive, exquisitely designed garden, which perfectly complements the Castle also restored by Sir Robert Lorimer in the 1890s. Fascinating topiary lawn, the finest in Scotland and for which Earlshall is renowned, rose terrace, croquet lawn with herbaceous borders, shrub border, box garden, orchard, kitchen and herb garden. Spectacular spring bulbs.

Directions: On Earlshall Road, three quarters of a mile east of Leuchars Village (off A919). Bus/train to Leuchars.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Regimental Trust 60%
Moray Place and Bank Gardens

Moray Place and Bank Gardens

Edinburgh EH3 6BX
The Residents of Moray Place and Bank Gardens
Sunday 5 May, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
Nearly six acres of secluded wild gardens with lawns, trees and shrubs with banks of bulbs down to the Water of Leith. Stunning vistas across the Firth of Forth. Private garden of three and a half acres in Georgian New Town. Shrubs, trees and beds offering atmosphere of tranquillity in the city centre.

Directions: Bank Gardens Enter by the gate at the top of Doune Terrace. Moray Place Enter by the north gate in Moray Place.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Euan Macdonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research 60%
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Auchterader PH3 1PJ
Mr and Mrs Martin Haldane
Monday 6 May, Monday 13 May, Monday 27 May & Monday 3 June, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
T:01764 682388
Home of the Haldanes since the 13th century. This is a newly created wild garden which has been evolving for the last 20 years. There’s a walk round the pond and along the burn past the 15th-century chapel to the ruins of a laird’s tower.

Directions: A832 Crieff/Dunfermiline road just south of the A9.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: St Kessog's Episcopal Church - Auchterarder 60%
Inchmill Cottage

Inchmill Cottage

Glenprosen, nr Kirriemuir DD8 4SA
Iain Nelson
Thursday 9 May, Thursday 23 May, Thursday 6 June, Thursday 20 June, Thursday 4 July, Thursday 18 July, Thursday 8 August, Thursday 22 August, Thursday 5 September & Thursday 19 September, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
T:01575 540452
This is a long, sloping and terraced garden at over 800 feet in the Braes of Angus, developed to be a garden for all seasons. Half is dominated by bulbs, rhododendrons, azaleas, primulas, meconopsis and clematis. The other half mainly later summer bulbs, herbaceous plants and roses. There is also a rockery/scree and fernery.

Directions: Please DO NOT use SatNav. From Kirriemuir take the B955 (sign-posted to The Glens) to Dykehead (about five miles). From there follow the Prosen sign for about five miles. Inchmill is the white-fronted cottage beside the phone box.

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: The Archie Foundation 60%
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Gartnaval Secret Garden

Gartnavel Royal Hospital, 1055 Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 0XH
Gartnavel Royal Hospital Volunteers
Sunday 12 May, 12pm - 5pm (2019)
T:07977 406900
Gartnavel’s hidden walled garden forms part of the original, 200-year-old-hospital, and was originally the private garden of the hospital’s superintendent. It was restored about six years ago by the Green Exercise Partnership and is run by a loyal group of volunteers as an oasis of calm for hospital patients, staff and visitors. We do a little bit of everything at Gartnavel, growing both edibles and ornamentals and, as a hospital garden, we feature lots of sensory and medicinal plants too. 

Directions: From Great Western Road (car, bus or foot): Enter Gartnavel Hospital site and turn right at the traffic lights onto Shelley Road. Follow yellow Garden Open signs, continue past pond and car park and at the fork bear left up the hill. Continue up the hill to T junction, turn right along the front of West House and park in the spaces there. Once parked continue to follow the signs to the gardens at the rear of West House. 

Admission: £6.00, children free
Charities: TCV Scotland, The Conservation Volunteers Scotland 60%
Tyninghame House and The Walled Garden

Tyninghame House and The Walled Garden

Dunbar EH42 1XW
Mrs C Gwyn and Tyninghame Gardens Ltd
Sunday 12 May, 1pm - 5pm (2019)
The formal walled garden combines the lawn, sculpture and yew hedges, an 'apple walk', extensive herbaceous planting including roses and peonies with an informal arboretum. Splendid 17th century sandstone Scottish baronial house, remodelled in 1829 by William Burn. The gardens include herbaceous border, formal rose garden, Lady Haddington's Secret Garden with old fashioned roses and an extensive 'wilderness' spring garden with rhododendrons, azaleas, flowering trees and bulbs. Grounds include a one mile beech avenue to the sea. The Romanesque ruin of St Baldred's Church commands views across the Tyne Estuary and Lammermuir Hills. Tyninghame has been awarded 'Outstanding' for every category in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes of Scotland.
Champion Trees: Two British and seven Scottish

Directions: Gates on the A198 at Tyninghame Village. Bus 120.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Lynton Day Centre 60%


Dunscore DG2 0UR
Iain and Zara Milligan
Sunday 12 May, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
Set in the hills with wonderful views and borrowed landscapes, the principal garden consists of a series of connecting rooms filled with a great and interesting variety of herbaceous plants, beautifully designed and maintained. There is a substantial rock garden with alpines and unusual plants and a very pretty pond. There is a short walk to three cairns by Andy Goldsworthy, through an evolving woodland garden. 

Directions: From Dunscore, follow the road to Corsock. About one and a half miles further on, turn right at the post box, still on the road to Corsock and at small crossroads half a mile on, turn left. 

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Alzheimer Scotland 60%
46 South Street

46 South Street

St Andrews KY16 9JT
Mrs June Baxter
Sunday 12 May, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
T:01334 474 995
Renowned town garden in medieval long rig, with orchard, spring bulbs and many spring-flowering shrubs. Clematis clothes the surrounding high walls. An historic and unique feature in St Andrews, but also a wonderfully planted space where different styles of planting complement the range of plants used. Historic doocot.

Directions: Entry for the garden is off South Street.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: The Art Fund 60%