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Ardkinglas Woodland Garden

Ardkinglas Woodland Garden

Cairndow PA26 8BG
Ardkinglas Estate
Open daily, Dawn - Dusk (2019)
6ed7
T:01499 600261
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 and find him! It is a VisitScotland 3-star garden.
Champion Trees: The mightiest conifer in Europe and others

Directions: Entrance through Cairndow village off the A83 Loch Lomond/Inveraray road.

Admission: details can be found on the garden's website
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Ardmaddy Castle

Ardmaddy Castle

by Oban PA34 4QY
Mr and Mrs Archie Struthers
Open daily, 9am - Dusk (2019)
bc57
T:01852 300353 minette@ardmaddy.com
The gardens, in a most spectacular setting, are shielded by mature woodlands, carpeted with bluebells and daffodils and protected from the winds by the elevated castle. The walled garden is full of magnificent rhododendrons, a collection of rare and unusual shrubs and plants, the Clock Garden with its cutting flowers, the new Crevice Garden, fruit and vegetables grown with labour saving formality, all within dwarf box hedging. Beyond, a woodland walk, with its 60-foot hydrangea, leads to the water gardens - in early summer a riot of candelabra primulas, irises, rodgersias and other damp-loving plants and grasses. Lovely autumn colour. A plantsman’s garden for all seasons.

Directions: Take the A816 south of Oban for eight miles. Turn right B844 to Seil Island/Easdale. Four miles on, turn left on to Ardmaddy Road (signed) for a further two miles.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Barguillean's 'Angus Garden'

Barguillean's 'Angus Garden'

Taynuilt PA35 1HY
The Josephine Marshall Trust
Open daily, 9am - Dusk (2019)
7
T:01866 822333 info@barguillean.co.uk
Nine-acre woodland garden around an 11-acre loch set in the Glen Lonan Hills. Spring-flowering shrubs and bulbs, extensive collection of rhododendron hybrids, deciduous azaleas, conifers and unusual trees. The garden contains a large collection of North American rhododendron hybrids from famous contemporary plant breeders. Some paths can be steep. Three marked walks from 30 minutes to one-and-a-half hours.

Directions: Three miles south off A85 Glasgow/Oban road at Taynuilt, road marked Glen Lonan, three miles up single track road, turn right at the sign.

Admission: £3.50, children free
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Highland Liliums

Highland Liliums

10 Loaneckheim, Kiltarlity IV4 7JQ
Neil and Frances Macritchie
Open daily, 9am - 5pm (2019)
c57
T:01463 741365 accounts@highlandliliums.co.uk
Highland Liliums is a working retail nursery with spectacular views over the Beauly valley and Strathfarrar hills. A wide selection of home grown plants available including alpines, ferns, grasses, herbaceous, herbs, liliums, primulas and shrubs.

Directions: Signposted from Kiltarlity village, which is just off the Beauly to Drumnadrochit road (A833), approximately 12 miles from Inverness.

Admission: by donation
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Oldtown of Leys Garden

Oldtown of Leys Garden

Inverness IV2 6AE
David and Anne Sutherland
Open daily, Dawn - Dusk (2019)
467
T:01463 238238 ams@oldtownofleys.com
Large garden established in 2003 on the outskirts of Inverness and overlooking the town. Herbaceous beds with lovely rhododendron and azalea displays in spring. There are specimen trees, three ponds surrounded by waterside planting and a small woodland area. A new rockery area was created in 2015 and is still developing.

Directions: Turn off southern distributor road (B8082) at Leys roundabout towards Inverarnie (B861). At the T-junction turn right. After 50 yards turn right into Oldtown of Leys.

Admission: by donation
Charities: Local Charities 60%
Norby

Norby

Burnside, Sandness, SHETLAND ZE2 9PL
Mrs Gundel Grolimund
Open daily, Dawn - Dusk (2019)
4
T:01595 870246 gislinde@tiscali.co.uk
A small but perfectly formed garden and a prime example of what can be achieved in a very exposed situation. Blue painted wooden pallets provide internal wind breaks and form a background for shrubs, climbers and herbaceous plants, while willows provide a perfect wildlife habitat. There are treasured plants such as Chionochloa rubra, pieris, Chinese tree peonies, and a selection of old-fashioned shrub roses, lilies, hellebores and grasses from New Zealand. 

Directions: Head north on the A970 from Lerwick then west on the A971 at Tingwall. At Sandness, follow the road to Norby, turn right at the Methodist Church, Burnside is at the end of the road. Bus 10 Sandness - Walls. 

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Survival International Charitable Trust 60%
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Achnacloich

Connel, Oban PA37 1PR
Mr T E Nelson
Open daily (Saturdays only), 10am - 4pm (2019)
5d7
T:01631 710796 charlie_milne@msn.com
The 20-acre woodland garden, overlooking Loch Etive, has been planted over the last century with a wide range of trees and shrubs from Asia, China, Japan, North America, Chile and New Zealand. Many have grown to considerable size. The light woodland canopy consists of native oaks and a number of magnificent, 150-year-old Scots pines and European larch. Amongst these are open glades, carpeted with bluebells and numerous other bulbs. Two ponds and streams are planted with primulas, iris species, lysichitum, and astilbes. The woodland contains innumerable species of rhododendron and azalea, of which the triflorums : yunnanense etc. are outstanding. Amongst these are species of acer, betula, camellia, cercidiphyllum, cornus, crinodendron, drimys, embothrium, enkianthus, eucryphia, hoheria, magnolia, malus, nothofagus, pieris, sorbus, stewartia, telopea and viburnum. Beside the house is a giant Douglas fir from Douglas' original introduction. One of the first Dawyck beeches stands beside the drive. The autumn colour is very fine.

Directions: On the A85 two miles east of Connel. Car park at bottom of drive.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Macmillan Cancer Support 60%
Ardtornish

Ardtornish

by Lochaline, Morvern PA80 5UZ
Mrs John Raven
Daily, 10am - 6pm (2019)
867
Wonderful gardens of interesting mature conifers, rhododendrons, deciduous trees, shrubs and herbaceous, set amid magnificent scenery.

Directions: A884 Lochaline three miles.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Logie House

Logie House

Dunphail, Forres IV36 2QN
Alasdair and Panny Laing
Open daily, 10am - 5pm (2019)
57
panny@logie.co.uk
Originally a formal garden with a large area of vegetable production, Logie House garden has been developed since 1991 with emphasis on trees, shrubs and hardy perennials, giving all-year-round interest. The meandering burn and dry stone walls support the creation of a wide variety of planting habitats from dry sunny banks to damp shady areas. Many of the unusual plants are propagated for sale in the Garden Shop at Logie Steading. Also features forest and river walks. 

Directions: Six miles south of Forres off A940. Follow signs to Logie Steading. 

Admission: £2.00, children free
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Gordon Castle Walled Garden

Gordon Castle Walled Garden

Fochabers, Moray IV32 7PQ
Angus and Zara Gordon Lennox
Open daily, 10am - 4pm (2019)
85d7
T:01343 612317 info@gordoncastlescotland.com
Gordon Castle has one of the largest and oldest walled gardens in Britain. Eight acres in size, it is being lovingly restored to its former glory with a new design by award-winning Arne Maynard which includes vegetables, fruit, herbs and cut-flower beds alongside the amazing 259 espaliered trees on the 15-foot high walls. This wonderful kitchen garden has a ‘Plant.Pick.Plate’ ethos for its onsite cafe and there is a children’s natural play area and shop. 

Directions: The main entrance is situated at the western end of the village of Fochabers on the A96, approximately nine miles east of Elgin and 12 miles west of Keith. 

Admission: details can be found on the garden's website
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Glenwhan Gardens

Glenwhan Gardens

Dunragit, by Stranraer DG9 8PH
Tess Knott
Open daily, 10am - 5pm (2019)
2c67
T:07787 990702
Described as one of the most beautiful gardens in Scotland, Glenwhan Gardens is situated at 300 feet, and overlooks Luce Bay and the Mull of Galloway, with clear views to the Isle of Man. Thirty-six years ago there was wild moorland, but now, following considerable dedication and vision, you can see glorious collections of plants from around the world. There is colour in all seasons and the winding paths, well-placed seats, and varied sculptures, set around small lakes, add to the tranquil atmosphere. There is a 17 acre moorland wildflower walk, the chance to see red squirrels and a well-marked Tree Trail. 

Directions: Seven miles east of Stranraer, one mile off the A75 at Dunragit (follow brown VisitScotland and yellow SGS arrows). 

Admission: details can be found on the garden's website
Charities: WWF-UK 60%
Floors Castle

Floors Castle

Kelso TD5 7SF
The Duke of Roxburghe
Open daily, 11am - 5pm (2019)
b36d7
T:01573 223333
The gardens are situated within the grounds of Floors Castle. Meander through to the formal Millennium Parterre and soak up the spectacular visions of colour, texture and the most delicious scents around the four herbaceous borders in one of the finest Victorian kitchen gardens in Scotland. New perennial gardens, fruit cage, Tapestry Garden and glasshouse access. Terrace Cafe, Castle Kitchen Deli shop and play area. Explore the grounds, which offer woodland and riverside walks from Easter to October. 

Directions: Floors Castle can be reached by following the A6089 from Edinburgh; the B6397 from Earlston; or the A698 from Coldstream. Go through Kelso, up Roxburgh Street to the Golden Gates. 

Admission: details can be found on the garden's website
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Fyvie Castle

Fyvie Castle

Fyvie, Turriff AB53 8JS
The National Trust for Scotland
5 January - 22 December, 9am - Dusk (2019)
245d7
T:01651 891363 / 891266 gthomson@nts.org.uk
An 18th-century walled garden developed as a garden of Scottish fruits and vegetables. There is also the American Garden, Rhymer’s Haugh Woodland Garden, a loch and parkland to visit. Expert staff are always on hand to answer any questions. Learn about the collection of Scottish fruits and their cultivation, and exciting projects for the future. Check the Fyvie Castle Facebook page for up-to-date information on fruit and vegetable availability. 

Directions: Off the A947 eight miles south east of Turriff and 25 miles north west of Aberdeen. 

Admission: details can be found on the garden's website
Charities: The National Trust for Scotland: Fyvie Garden 60%
Glenericht House Arboretum

Glenericht House Arboretum

Blairgowrie PH10 7JD
Mrs Mary McCosh
24 January - 31 December, Dawn - Dusk (2019)
67
T:01250 872092 m.mccosh123@gmail.com
Spectacular collection of Victorian-planted trees and shrubs which are centred around a Grade ‘A’ listed suspension bridge (1846). Ninety-two tree varieties, mostly conifers including a top Douglas fir which is 171 feet and still growing, also a collection of younger trees. In May you will be able to view the wonderful daffodils and the rhododendrons in flower.

Directions: Off the A93, the Lodge House is five miles north of Blairgowrie on the right-hand side A93 when coming from Blairgowrie. Follow the avenue to the bridge.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Sands 60%
Braco Castle

Braco Castle

Braco FK15 9LA
Mr and Mrs M van Ballegooijen
27 January - 31 October, 10am - 5pm (2019)
b5d
T:01786 880437
A 19th-century landscaped garden with a plethora of wonderful and interesting trees, shrubs, bulbs and plants. An old garden for all seasons that has been extensively expanded over the last 26 years. The partly walled garden is approached on a rhododendron-and-tree-lined path featuring an ornamental pond. Spectacular spring bulbs, exuberant shrub and herbaceous borders, and many ornamental trees are all enhanced by the spectacular views across the park to the Ochils. From snowdrops through to vibrant autumn colour this garden is a gem. Look out for the embothrium in June, hoheria in August, eucryphia in September and an interesting collection of rhododendrons and azaleas with long flowering season.

Directions: Take a one-and-a-half-mile drive from the gates at the north end of Braco Village, just west of the bridge on the A822. Parking at the castle is welcome.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: The Woodland Trust Scotland 60%
Abriachan Garden Nursery

Abriachan Garden Nursery

Loch Ness Side IV3 8LA
Mr and Mrs Davidson
1 February - 30 November, 9am - 7pm (2019)
bc467
T:01463 861232 info@lochnessgarden.com
This is an outstanding garden with over four acres of exciting plantings with winding paths through native woodlands. Seasonal highlights include snowdrops, hellebores, primulas, meconopsis, hardy geraniums and colour-themed summer beds. Views over Loch Ness.

Directions: On the A82 Inverness/Drumnadrochit road, about eight miles south of Inverness.

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Highland Hospice 60%
Lea Gardens

Lea Gardens

Tresta, SHETLAND ZE2 9LT
Rosa Steppanova
1 March - 30 October (not Thursdays), 2pm - 5pm (2019)
T:01595 810454
Lea Gardens, started in the early 1980s, now covers almost two acres. The plant collection, the largest north of Inverewe Gardens, consists of 1,500 different species and cultivars from all over the world, including phyto-geographic elements of collections of plants from New Zealand, South Africa and South America. Planted to provide all-year-round interest, it has been divided into a variety of habitats: woodland and shade, borders, wetland, raised beds, and acid and lime lovers. A winner of the 2011 Shetland Environmental Award

Directions: From Lerwick take the A970 north, turn left at Tingwall onto the A971 past Weisdale along Weisdale Voe and up Weisdale hill. Coming down, Lea Gardens is on your right surrounded by trees. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Druimneil House

Druimneil House

Port Appin PA38 4DQ
Mrs J Glaisher (Gardener: Mr Andrew Ritchie)
30 March - 31 October, Dawn - Dusk (2019)
03c7
T:01631 730228 druimneilhouse@btinternet.com
Large garden overlooking Loch Linnhe with many fine varieties of mature trees and rhododendrons and other woodland shrubs. Nearer the house, an impressive bank of deciduous azaleas is underplanted with a block of camassia and a range of other bulbs. A small Victorian walled garden is currently being restored.

Directions: Turn in for Appin off A828 (Connel/Fort William Road). After two miles, sharp left at Airds Hotel, second house on right.

Admission: by donation
Charities: Appin Parish Church (Church of Scotland) 60%
Burgie

Burgie

Between Forres and Elgin IV36 2QU
Hamish Lochore
1 April - 31 October, 8am - 5pm (2019)
67
T:01343 850 231 hamish@burgie.org
A rare opportunity to see a sizeable woodland garden / arboretum in its infancy. It has a good collection of rhododendrons, sorbus, alder, birch and tilia but also includes many unusual trees from around the world. The arboretum is zoned into geographic areas and species type. It includes a Japanese Garden, bog garden, bog wood, loch and Quarry Garden. First created in 2005 and is ongoing. Most plants are grown from hand collected seed and propagated in the Georgian greenhouse. 

Directions: A96 between Forres and Elgin. Four miles east of Forres. Six miles west of Elgin. Sign to Burgie Mains along the A96 is set in wrought iron decorated with horses and cattle. South off the main road and one mile to the Woodland Garden car park. 

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: World Horse Welfare 30% & Sandpiper Trust 30%
Ardchattan Priory

Ardchattan Priory

North Connel PA37 1RQ
Mrs Sarah Troughton
1 April - 31 October, 9:30am - 5:30pm (2019)
5d7
T:01796 481355 admin@ardchattan.co.uk
Overlooking Loch Etive, Ardchattan Priory Garden has a mature rockery, extensive herbaceous and rose borders to the front of the house. On either side of the drive shrub borders, numerous roses and ornamental trees, together with bulbs give colour throughout the season. The Priory, founded in 1230, is now a private house. The ruins of the chapel and graveyard are in the care of Historic Scotland and open with the garden.

Directions: Oban ten miles. From north, turn left off A828 at Barcaldine onto B845 for six miles. From East/Oban on A85, cross Connel Bridge and turn first right, proceed east on Bonawe Road.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
An Cala

An Cala

Ellenabeich, Isle of Seil PA34 4RF
Mrs Shelia Downie
1 April - 31 October, 10am - 6pm (2019)
46d7
A wonderful example of a 1930s designed garden, An Cala sits snugly in its horseshoe shelter of surrounding cliffs. A spectacular and very pretty garden with streams, waterfall, ponds, many herbaceous plants as well as azaleas, rhododendrons and cherry trees in spring. Archive material of Mawson’s design was found recently.

Directions: Proceed south from Oban on Campbeltown Road for eight miles, turn right at Easdale sign, a further eight miles on B844; garden is between the school and village. Bus Oban - Easdale.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Bolfracks

Bolfracks

Aberfeldy PH15 2EX
The Douglas Hutchison Trust
1 April - 31 October, 10am - 6pm (2019)
c4d
T:01887 820344 athel@bolfracks.com
Special three acre garden with wonderful views overlooking the Tay Valley. Burn garden with rhododendrons, azaleas, primulas and meconopsis in a woodland garden setting. Walled garden with shrubs, herbaceous borders and rose ‘rooms’ with old-fashioned roses. There is also a beautiful rose and clematis walk. Peony beds are underplanted with tulips and Japanese anemone. The garden has a great selection of bulbs in spring and good autumn colour.

Directions: Two miles west of Aberfeldy on A827. White gates and lodge are on the left. Look out for the brown tourist signs.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: All proceeds to SGS Beneficiaries
Ascog Hall Garden and Fernery

Ascog Hall Garden and Fernery

Ascog, Isle of Bute PA20 9EU
Karin Burke
1 April - 31 October, 10am - 5pm (2019)
c46
T:01700 503461 info@ascogfernery.com
The outstanding feature of this three-acre garden is the Victorian Fernery, a magnificent gilded structure fed by natural spring waters and housing many fern species, including Britain’s oldest exotic fern, a 1,000 year old Todea babara or king fern. Rare and unusual species await the visitor wandering through the original garden ‘rooms’ while the stables and coach house ruins feed the imagination with memories of long-lost times. The garden is generally well labelled and contains a plant hunters’ trail. New for 2018 is a climate change biotape.

Directions: Three miles south of Rothesay on A844. Close to the picturesque Ascog Bay. Bus every half hour Rothesay - Kilchattan.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Attadale

Attadale

Strathcarron IV54 8YX
Mr Ewen Macpherson
1 April - 31 October, 10am - 5:30pm (2019)
067
T:01520 722603 info@attadalegardens.com
The Gulf Stream, surrounding hills and rocky cliffs, creates a microclimate for 20 acres of outstanding water gardens, old rhododendrons, unusual trees and a fern collection in a geodesic dome. There is also a sunken fern garden developed on the site of an early 19th-century drain, a waterfall into a pool with dwarf rhododendrons, sunken garden, Peace Garden and kitchen garden. Other features include a conservatory, Japanese Garden, sculpture collection and giant sundial.

Directions: On the A890 between Strathcarron and South Strome.

Admission: £8.00, children £1.00
Charities: Strathcarron Project 60%
Abbotsford

Abbotsford

Melrose TD6 9BQ
The Abbotsford Trust
1 April - 31 October, 10am - 5pm (2019)
34579
T:01896 752043 enquiries@scottsabbotsford.co.uk
The garden was designed by Sir Walter Scott with advice from artists, architects and friends. It is a rare surviving example of a Regency Garden layout – and completely different from the English Landscape Garden style which ‘Capability’ Brown made his own in the previous decades. Abbotsford’s garden aims to provide a harmonious transition between the luxury and comfort of the interiors of the house with wonders of nature in the wider estate through a series of secluded, richly detailed and sheltered ‘rooms’. In its day it would have showcased the latest plants discovered from around the globe, both in its borders and ‘stove houses’, and was tended by William Bogie, a Frenchman trained by James MacDonald one of the most celebrated gardeners of the day. 

Directions: Off the A6091, near Melrose. Bus X62 and 72 from Edinburgh and Peebles. Train from Waverley to Tweedbank. Minibus or one-mile walk from train station. 

Admission: details can be found on the garden's website
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Inveraray Castle Gardens

Inveraray Castle Gardens

Inveraray PA32 8XF
The Duke and Duchess of Argyll
1 April - 31 October, 10am - 5:45pm (2019)
12c46d
T:01499 302203 enquiries@inveraray-castle.com
Rhododendrons and azaleas abound and flower from April to June. Very fine specimens of Cedrus deodars, Sequoiadendron giganteum (wellingtonia), Cryptomeria japonica, Taxus baccata and others thrive in the damp climate. The Flag-Borders on each side of the main drive with paths in the shape of Scotland’s national flag, the St Andrew’s Cross, are outstanding in spring with Prunus ‘Ukon’ and P. subhirtella and are underplanted with rhododendrons, eucryphias, shrubs and herbaceous plants giving interest all year. Bluebell Festival during flowering period in May.

Directions: Inveraray is 60 miles north of Glasgow on the banks of Loch Fyne on the A83 and 15 miles from Dalmally on the A819. Regular bus service from Glasgow - Lochgilphead.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Monteviot

Monteviot

Jedburgh TD8 6UQ
Marquis and Marchioness of Lothian
1 April - 31 October, 12pm - 5pm (2019)
5d
T:01835 830380
A series of differing gardens including a herb garden, rose garden, water garden linked by bridges, and river garden with herbaceous and shrub borders of foliage plants. The Garden of Persistent Imagination has been recently created and planted with rose and clematis avenues leading to a Moonstone Gate. 

Directions: Turn off A68, three miles north of Jedburgh on to B6400. After one mile turn right. 

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

Glenkyllachy

Tomatin IV13 7YA
Mr and Mrs Philip Mackenzie
1 April - 30 October (Mondays only), 2pm - 5pm (2019)
7
emmaglenkyllachy@gmail.com
In a magnificent Highland glen, at 1200 feet above sea level, Glenkyllachy offers a glorious garden of shrubs, herbaceous plants, rhododendrons, trees and spectacular views down the Findhorn River. There are some rare specimens and a newly planted arboretum. Rhododendrons and bulbs flower in May/June, herbaceous plants bloom through July/August. Experience the wildflower meadow in summer and glorious autumn colours from September. Original sculptures and a Highgrove-inspired wall provide year-round interest. As featured on Beechgrove Garden 2018.

Directions: Turn off the A9 at Tomatin and take the Coignafearn/Garbole single-track road down the north side of the River Findhorn, there is a cattle grid and gate on the right 500 yeards AFTER the humpback bridge and the sign to Farr.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Marie Curie 60%
Highlands Garden

Highlands Garden

East Voe, Scalloway, SHETLAND ZE1 0UR
Sarah Kay
1 May - 31 October, 9am - 9pm (2019)
c4
T:01595 880526 info@easterhoull.co.uk
The garden is in two parts. The upper garden is mostly a rockery, with a large selection of plants, shallow pond, seating area and newly built polycrub and greenhouse with fruit and vegetables. The lower garden is on a steep slope with a spectacular sea view over the village of Scalloway. There is a path to lead visitors around and the garden features a large collection of plants, vegetable patch, deep pond and pergola. It was awarded a Shetland Environmental Award in 2014 for its strong theme of recycling. 

Directions: Follow the A970 main road towards the village of Scalloway. Near the top of the hill heading towards Scalloway take a sharp turn to the left, signposted Easterhoull Chalets. Follow the road to chalets (painted blue with red roofs) and you will see the yellow SGS sign for the garden. Bus 4 from Lerwick/Scalloway. 

Admission: £3.50, children free
Charities: Macmillan Cancer Support: Shetland Branch 60%
Abbotsford

Abbotsford

Melrose TD6 9BQ
The Abbotsford Trust
1 November - 30 November, 10am - 4pm (2019)
34579
T:01896 752043 enquiries@scottsabbotsford.co.uk
The garden was designed by Sir Walter Scott with advice from artists, architects and friends. It is a rare surviving example of a Regency Garden layout – and completely different from the English Landscape Garden style which ‘Capability’ Brown made his own in the previous decades. Abbotsford’s garden aims to provide a harmonious transition between the luxury and comfort of the interiors of the house with wonders of nature in the wider estate through a series of secluded, richly detailed and sheltered ‘rooms’. In its day it would have showcased the latest plants discovered from around the globe, both in its borders and ‘stove houses’, and was tended by William Bogie, a Frenchman trained by James MacDonald one of the most celebrated gardeners of the day. 

Directions: Off the A6091, near Melrose. Bus X62 and 72 from Edinburgh and Peebles. Train from Waverley to Tweedbank. Minibus or one-mile walk from train station. 

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