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Maolachy's Garden

Maolachy's Garden

Lochavich, by Kilmelford 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)
2c
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%
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Gleneagles

Auchterader PH3 1PJ
Mr and Mrs Martin Haldane
Monday 6 May, Monday 13 May, Monday 27 May & Monday 3 June, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
0c69
T:01764 682388 petronella@gleneagles.org
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)
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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%
Sorry, but the garden will not be open for the 21st and 28th April dates.
Humbie Dean

Humbie Dean

Humbie EH36 5PW
Frank Kirwan
Sunday 19 May, Sunday 26 May & Sunday 7 July, 10am - 2pm (2019)
3c
T:07768 996382 frank.kirwan@gmail.com
A two-acre ornamental and woodland garden sandwiched between two burns at 600 feet with interest throughout a long season. A limited palette of plants with hosta, hellebores, perennial geranium, primula, meconopsis, martagon lilies, spring bulbs, ground cover, herbaceous and shrub planting, bluebell meadow, mature and recent azalea and rhododendron planting. A short woodland walk has been created, only accessible by a series of steps. 

Directions: Enter Humbie from the A68, pass the school and village hall on the left then immediately turn right just before the Humbie Hub. Take second left and Humbie Dean is on the left between two small bridges. Limited parking. 

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Mamie Martin Fund 60%
Braevallich Farm

Braevallich Farm

by Dalmally PA33 1BU
Mr Philip Bowden-Smith
Sunday 19 May & Sunday 9 June, 1pm - 5:30pm (2019)
2c7
T:01866 844246 philip@brae.co.uk
Discover two gardens, one at the farm and another 1,200 feet above. The former is approximately one-and-a-half acres and developed over the last 40 years; its principal features include dwarf rhododendron, azaleas (evergreen and deciduous), large drifts of various primula and meconopsis and bluebells, and mixed herbaceous perennials/shrubs; there is also quite a serious kitchen garden. The latter garden has been developed over the last 30 years out of a birch and sessile oak wood and is a traditional West Coast glen garden intersected by two pretty burns with waterfalls. The garden has been extended over the last two years and now covers nearly ten acres with extensive new paths, and a suspension bridge over the ravine. Whilst the plants are important, many say that it is the topography with its differing vistas which make this garden such a peaceful and special place. Bud-set in 2018 was exceptional so 2019 should be spectacular.

Directions: South east of Loch Awe on B840, 15 miles from Cladich, seven miles from Ford.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Mary's Meals 60%
3 Balfour Cottages

3 Balfour Cottages

Menmuir DD9 7RN
Dr Alison Goldie and Mark A Hutson
Saturday 1 June, 12pm - 4pm (2019)
ca7
T:01356 660280 alisongoldie@btinternet.com
Small cottage garden packed with rare and unusual plants. It comprises various ‘rooms’ containing myriad plants from potted herbs, spring bulbs and alpines in a raised bed, to a ‘jungle’ with a range of bamboos. Many other interesting plants include primula, hosta, meconopsis, fritillaria, trillium, allium, a large display of bonsai and auriculas.
National Plant Collection: Primula auricula (alpine)

Directions: Leave the A90 two miles south of Brechin and take the road to Menmuir (three-and-a-half miles). At the T junction turn right and No 3 is in the first group of cottages on your left (175 yards).

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance 60%
Whittingehame Drive Gardens

Whittingehame Drive Gardens

Glasgow G12 0XS
The Whittingehame Drive Gardeners
Saturday 1 June, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c46
12 Whittingehame Drive (Mike and Gill Craig): A small garden, originally laid out in the early 1900's. Front garden and a small private back garden, re-modelled in 2011 when two patios and raised beds were created. A selection of flowering shrubs, herbaceous plants and pots create a colourful palette.
20 Whittingehame Drive (Bob and Connie Simpson): A delightful and intriguing small town garden. Colourful shrubs and flowers include enkianthus, eucrivia, philadelphus, rhododendrons and corsican broom. Shrub and climbing roses include rosa mundi and the apothecary's rose. A herb garden, raised beds, a chamomile seat and an impressive, flourishing fig tree. A breakfast patio with hostas, hanging baskets, window boxes and a green wall with ivy, clematis, honeysuckle and flowering annuals. Look for the novel way to grow a fig tree.
22 Whittingehame Drive (Robert and Helen Jamieson): The garden was laid out in the 1960s by a Beechgrove Garden presenter. A strong structure of garden rooms, some overlapping, prevails. Ericaceous plants abound, poppies and meconopsis feature with about 40 clematis often used in companion planting. Much use is made of pots displaying Asiatic and oriental lilies, alliums, begonias and garlic. A cedar greenhouse contains cacti succulents and grows vegetables, tomatoes and chilies.
5 and 5a Whittingehame Drive
(Jane & Peter Craig and Jock & Margaret Fleming) The soil is well suited to camellias, magnolias, poppies, heathers and there is extensive herbaceous planting. With a waterfall and small pond surrounded by water loving plants it is an oasis within the West End.

Directions: Take the M8 Junction 17; from A82 (Great Western Road), past Gartnavel Hospital and the next left is Whittingehame Drive.

Admission: £6.50, children free
Charities: Vine Trust 30% & Beatson Cancer Charity 30%
Clover Park

Clover Park

Langdyke, Waterside, Kilmarnock KA3 6JA
Alistair Paterson and Iain MacClure
Saturday 1 June & Sunday 21 July, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c5
T:01560 700555 clover.park@outlook.com
Clover Park was created almost ten years ago from a blank canvass. Developed by the owners into an eclectic mix of architectural, ornamental and atmospheric features which include a woodland and azalea walk, fernery, gunnera bog and many other points of interest. A paddock is home to a small herd of friendly pygmy goats. Recent additions are a polytunnel, hardy palms and other exotics. Seating areas are positioned for contemplation and relaxation. A garden of great interest created in a relatively short time. 

Directions: From Glasgow on the M77 take J6 on to A77. After about one and a half miles take left for Galston A719. Drive through hamlet of Waterside, a little further on there is a dip in the road over the Hareshaw Water, look for the sign for Langdyke & Clover Park on the left hand side (farm road). From Ayr/Kilmarnock take J7 off the M77 heading north on to A77. At the Fenwick/ Stewarton roundabout follow signs to Galston. After one mile turn right onto the A719 Galston as above. 

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: CLIC Sargent 30% & Royal Zoological Society Of Scotland 30%
Amat

Amat

Ardgay IV24 3BS
Jonny and Sara Shaw
Saturday/Sunday, 1/2 June, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c67
sara.amat@aol.co.uk
Riverside garden surrounded by the old Caledonian Amat Forest. Herbaceous borders and rockery set in a large lawn looking onto a salmon pool. Old and new rhododendrons grow along the woodland and river walk, plus large specimen trees in policies. Red squirrels were reintroduced six years ago and are often seen in and around the garden. 

Directions: Take the road from Ardgay to Croick, nine miles. Turn left at the red phone box and the garden is 500 yards on the left. 

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Horatio's Garden 30% & Croick Church 30%
Explorers Garden

Explorers Garden

Pitlochry PH16 5DR
Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Sunday 2 June, 10am - 4:30pm (2019)
3c6a7
This six-acre woodland garden celebrates the Scottish plant hunters who risked their lives in search of new plants. The Explorers Garden is divided into geographic areas, each containing examples of the plants collected from that corner of the globe. Set in beautiful Highland Perthshire countryside, the garden is known for its meconopsis collection, stunning vistas and interesting sculptures and structures. Each year a photographic exhibition is held in the David Douglas Pavilion.
National Plant Collection: Meconopsis

Directions: Take the A9 to Pitlochry town, then follow signs to Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

Admission: details can be found on the garden's website
Charities: Acting for Others 40%
Stobo Japanese Water Garden

Stobo Japanese Water Garden

Home Farm, Stobo EH45 8NX
Hugh and Georgina Seymour
Sunday 2 June, 1pm - 4pm (2019)
2c67
T:01721 760245 stobo.home.farm@gmail.com
Secluded woodland garden. While water is probably the main feature of the garden now, the layout echoes facets of a more conventional Japanese Garden - stepping stones, humpback bridges, the 40-foot waterfall, azaleas and rhododendrons, acers and other specialist trees and shrubs, many of far eastern origins. Several Japanese lanterns and a tea house still remain from when the garden was created in the early years of the 20th century. Recently featured in the November issue of Scottish Field magazine. 2018 storms have altered some aspects of the garden and lightened the canopy. 

Directions: Off the B712. Follow signs for Stobo Castle then yellow SGS signs on the drive. 

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Stobo Hall Committee 60%
Seabank

Seabank

The Merse, Rockcliffe DG5 4QH
Julian and Theodora Stanning
Sunday 2 June, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c6
T:01556 630244
The one-and-a-half-acre garden extends to the high water mark with fine views across the Urr Estuary, Rough Island and beyond. Mixed shrub and herbaceous borders surround the house and there is a new walled garden for fruit and vegetables. A plantswoman’s garden with a range of interesting and unusual plants. 

Directions: Park in the public car park at Rockcliffe. Walk down the road about 50 yards towards the sea and turn left along The Merse, a private road. Seabank is the sixth house on the left. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Marie Curie: DG5 Fundraising Group 60%
Dalswinton Mill

Dalswinton Mill

Dalswinton, Dumfries DG2 0XY
Colin and Pamela Crosbie
Sunday 2 June, 2pm - 6pm (2019)
2c
T:01387 740070 colin.crosbie@talktalk.net
A newly created plantsman’s garden set around an 18th-century watermill with the Pennyland Burn running through it. The garden contains a wide range of perennials, trees and shrubs that favour the local climate and, throughout, a wide range of statuary can be found. It sits in a hollow and can be accessed only by steps; unfortunately, this makes the garden unsuitable for anyone with mobility requirements. We are also unable to offer disabled parking. 

Directions: Garden lies in Dalswinton, halfway between A76 and A701 on the Auldgirth to Kirkton Road. From Auldgirth take the first left after the Dalswinton Village Hall. The Mill is on the corner before the bridge. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: IFDAS 60%
Coldoch

Coldoch

Blairdrummond, Stirling FK9 4XD
David & Kim Stewart and Tim Black
Sunday 2 June, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c67
T:01786 841217
The garden at Coldoch is sheltered by belts of mature woodland on three sides and looks south over the Carse of Stirling. The parterre courtyard garden and border have replaced the old farm buildings and lead on to a kitchen garden created by using the three old walls of an earlier rose garden. The less formal areas include a stream, a pond, paddocks and woodland. The drives are lined with old oaks and sycamores mixed with new trees from Eastern Europe, Central Asia and some fine mature cherry trees. 

Directions: Signed from the A84. Take the A873 for Aberfoyle, after just under one mile turn left on to Coldoch Road, B8031 and continue for approximately half a mile. Wrought iron gates on the left mark the entrance. 

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: St Modocs Episcopal Church 60%
Earlshall Castle

Earlshall Castle

Leuchars KY16 0DP
Paul and Josine Veenhuijzen
Sunday 2 June, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
1c45d
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: Leuchars St Athernase Parish Church 60%
Woodend House Garden

Woodend House Garden

Banchory AB31 4AY
Mr and Mrs J McHardy
Sunday 2 June, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c67
Tucked away in a secluded woodland location. Mature rhododendrons and azaleas with extensive lawns create a stunning backdrop for Woodend House set on the banks of the River Dee. There is a small walled cottage garden and a glorious riverside walk amongst the cowslips and wildflowers giving way to ancient and majestic beech trees. 

Directions: Four miles west of Banchory on the A93 (Banchory to Aboyne road). 

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Sandpiper Trust 60%
Airdlin Croft

Airdlin Croft

Ythanbank, Ellon AB41 7TS
Richard and Ellen Firmin
Friday/Saturday/Sunday, 7/8/9 June, 10am - 4pm (2019)
c6
T:01358 761491 rsf@airdlin.com
A large woodland garden, eventually destined to fill our five-acre croft, features species of rhododendrons, hydrangeas, viburnums, ferns, hostas and other shade-tolerant plants. A sheltered, sunny terrace hosts some tender exotics. One of two polytunnels houses the ‘library collection’ of container-grown hosta cultivars. We go out of our way to attract wildlife with 100 bird species recorded here since 1983. 

Directions: From the A948, three miles north of Ellon, take the left turn towards Drumwhindle. After another couple of miles take the second left towards Cairnorrie. Proceed for nearly a mile, ignoring the first Airdlin Croft at Coalmoss, and turn left at the first bend, go down our 300 yard track, parking is in the field at the bottom. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Fauna & Flora International 60%
Leith Hall Plant Sale

Leith Hall Plant Sale

Huntly AB54 4NQ
The National Trust for Scotland
Saturday 8 June, 10am - 3pm (2019)
c6d
The west garden was made by Charles and Henrietta Leith-Hay around the beginning of the 20th century. In summer the magnificent zigzag herbaceous and serpentine catmint borders provide a dazzling display. A lot of project work has been ongoing in the garden, including a rose catenary along with large borders which have been redeveloped in a Gertrude Jekyll style and a laburnum archway with spring interest borders. The carefully reconstructed rock garden is a work in progress with new planting being added throughout the season.

Directions: On the B9002 one mile west of Kennethmont.

Admission: £3.50, children free
Charities: The National Trust for Scotland: Leith Hall Garden 60%
Holmes Farm

Holmes Farm

Drybridge, by Irvine KA11 5BS
Mr Brian A Young
Saturday/Sunday, 8/9 June, 1pm - 5pm (2019)
1c
T:01294 311210 hfplants@live.co.uk
A plantsman’s garden created by a confirmed plantaholic. Meandering paths guide the eye through predominantly herbaceous plantings, with small trees and shrubs. The garden opening will hopefully be timed for the peak bloom of some of the 400 irises in the garden. Some areas of the garden are currently undergoing a partial replant. The plant nursery, Holmes Farm Plants, is located at the garden, where a wide selection of plants from the garden can be purchased. 

Directions: Holmes is the only farm between Drybridge and Dreghorn on B730.  Please note the half marathon is being run this weekend and will cause some diversion. SGS garden open signs will be positioned and visitors should follow these.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: The National Trust for Scotland: for Threave Gardens 60%
Castle Kennedy and Gardens

Castle Kennedy and Gardens

Stranraer DG9 8SL
The Earl and Countess of Stair
Sunday 9 June, 10am - 5pm (2019)
2c846e7
T:01581 400225
Romantically situated, these famous 75 acres of landscaped gardens are located on an isthmus surrounded by two large natural lochs. At one end the ruined Castle Kennedy overlooks a beautiful herbaceous walled garden with Lochinch Castle at the other end. With over 300 years of planting there is an impressive collection of rare trees, rhododendrons, exotic shrubs and many spectacular Champion Trees. The stunning snowdrop walks, daffodils, spring flowers, rhododendron and magnolia displays, and herbaceous borders make this a ‘must visit’ garden throughout the year. 
Champion Trees: 6 British, 11 Scottish and 25 for Dumfries and Galloway

Directions: On the A75, five miles east of Stranraer. The nearest train station is in Stranraer. On a local bus route. 

Admission: details can be found on the garden's website
Charities: Home-Start Wigtownshire 60%
West Linton Village Gardens

West Linton Village Gardens

The Graham Institute, Lower Green, West Linton EH46 7EW
West Linton Village Gardeners
Sunday 9 June, 1pm - 5pm (2019)
2c4
T:01968 660669
A group of gardens on the west side of the village near the Golf Course and including Srongarbh (last opened in 2015). Surrounding the Arts and Crafts House, this large garden dating from the 1930's includes many features. There are many rhododendrons and azaleas which will look their best in early June. Old and fragrant rose varieties surround a formal terrace and original pool and Japanese acers surround a naturalistic pond. Other gardens include a living green roof, woodland paths and colourful herbaceous borders.

Directions: About 15 miles south west of Edinburgh, take the A701 or A702 and follow signs. Bus 101 or 102 to Gordon Arms Hotel.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: the difference: Margaret Kerr Unit 30% & Ben Walton Trust 30%
Geilston Garden

Geilston Garden

Main Road, Cardross G82 5HD
The National Trust for Scotland
Sunday 9 June, 1pm - 5pm (2019)
2c846
T:01389 849187 geilstongarden@nts.org.uk
Geilston Garden has many attractive features including the walled garden with the herbaceous border providing summer colour, tranquil woodland walks and a large working kitchen garden. This is the ideal season for viewing the Siberian iris in flower along the Geilston Burn and the Japanese azaleas. 

Directions: On the A814, one mile from Cardross towards Helensburgh. 

Admission: details can be found on the garden's website
Charities: The National Trust for Scotland: Geilston Garden 60%
Kincardine Castle

Kincardine Castle

Kincardine O'Neil AB34 5AE
Mr and Mrs Andrew Bradford
Sunday 9 June, 1:30pm - 5pm (2019)
2c8467
A superb series of gardens around a Victorian castle with great views across Deeside. Walled garden with a world-class laburnum walk, a mixture of herbaceous and shrub borders, vegetables and fruit trees. Extensive lawns, wildflower meadows and a thought-provoking Planetary Garden. A woodland garden with 120 varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas, many of recent planting, set amongst mature trees. Sculpture by Lyman Whittaker of Utah. A great day out. 

Directions: Kincardine O’Neil on the A93. Gates and lodge are opposite the village school. 

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Children 1st 30% & Christ Church, Kincardine O'neil 30%
Drumpark

Drumpark

Irongray DG2 9TX
Mr and Mrs Iain Mitchell
Sunday 9 June, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c7
T:01387 820323 iain.liz.mitchell@googlemail.com
Well contoured woodland garden and extensive policies nurture mature azaleas, rhododendrons and rare shrubs among impressive specimen trees. Water garden with primulas and meconopsis. Victorian walled garden with fruit trees and garden produce. There is also a beautiful herbaceous border. All planting is set in a natural bowl providing attractive vistas. 

Directions: Dumfries bypass, head north on A76 for a half mile, turn left at the signpost to Lochside Industrial Estates and immediately right onto Irongray Road; continue for five miles; gates in sandstone wall on left (half mile after Routin’ Brig). 

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Loch Arthur 60%
Field House

Field House

Belladrum, Beauly IV4 7BA
Mr and Mrs D Paterson
Sunday 9 June, 2pm - 4:30pm (2019)
2c6
An informal country garden in a one-acre site with mixed borders, ponds and some unusual plants - a plantsman’s garden. Featured on the Beechgrove Garden.

Directions: Four miles from Beauly on the A833 Beauly to Drumnadrochit road, then follow signs to Belladrum.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Friends of Autism Highland 60%
The Limes

The Limes

Kirkcudbright DG6 4XD
David and Carolyn McHale
Sunday 9 June, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c6
carolyn.mchale@btinternet.com
This one-and-a-quarter-acre plantsman’s garden has a variety of different plant habitats: woodland, dry sunny gravel beds, rock garden, crevice garden and mixed perennial and shrub borders. There is also a large productive vegetable garden. The McHales like to grow most of their plants from seed obtained through various international seed exchanges. You can expect to see a large number of unusual and exciting plants. In June the meconopsis should be at their best.

Directions: In Kirkcudbright go straight along St Mary Street towards Dundrennan. The Limes is on the right, about half a mile from the town centre crossroads, on the edge of the town.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Friends Of Kirkcudbright Swimming Pool 60%
Mill of Forneth

Mill of Forneth

Forneth, Blairgowrie PH10 6SP
Mr and Mrs Graham Wood
Sunday 9 June, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c6
gaw@gwpc.demon.co.uk
Built on the site of a watermill on the Lunan Burn, originally laid out in the 1970s by James Aitken, the Scottish landscape designer and naturalist. The sheltered four-acre garden has a range of mature trees, including a Himalayan blue cedar, large rhododendrons, azaleas and a wide range of shrubs. The former mill lade feeds rocky waterfalls and a lily pond. Planting includes established perennials with seasonal colours, many bulbs, primulas and heathers, plus a vegetable garden on the site of an old tennis court.

Directions: Take the A923 Dunkeld to Blairgowrie road. Six miles east of Dunkeld turn south onto a minor road signposted Snaigow and Clunie. Mill of Forneth is the first gate on the left-hand side. PLEASE NOTE: Due to weather conditions there may be no safe parking on site (exceptions will be made for people with mobility problems). If there are parking issues on Sunday a volunteer shuttle service will be available from Cluny Hall, Cluny PH10 6RJ.

Admission: £4.50, children free
Charities: Charity to be confirmed 60%
Laidlawstiel House

Laidlawstiel House

Clovenfords, Galashiels TD1 1TJ
Mr and Mrs P Litherland
Wednesday 12 June, 1pm - 5pm (2019)
0c
Walled garden containing herbaceous border, fruit, and vegetables in raised beds. There are colourful rhododendrons and azaleas as well as splendid views down to the River Tweed. 

Directions: A72 between Clovenfords and Walkerburn, turn up the hill signposted for Thornielee. The house is on the right at the top of the hill. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: CLIC Sargent: Ciaran's House, Edinburgh 60%
Brackla Wood

Brackla Wood

Culbokie, Dingwall IV7 8GY
Susan and Ian Dudgeon
Wednesday 12 June, 2pm - 4:30pm (2019)
2c6
T:01349 877765 smdbrackla@aol.com
Mature one-acre plot consisting of woodland, wildlife features, ponds, mixed borders, a kitchen garden, rockery and mini-orchard. Spring bulbs and hellebores, rhododendrons, wisteria and roses followed by crocosmia, clematis and deciduous trees provide continuous colour and interest throughout the seasons. There is always the chance to see red squirrels.

Directions: From the north, take the A9 turn to Culbokie. At the end of the village, turn right to Munlochy. A mile up the road, turn right into No Through Road to Upper Braefindon. From the south, take the A9 to Munlochy. At the end of the village, turn right and then sharp left up road signposted Culbokie and Killen. After about four and a half miles turn left on to road signposted Upper Braefindon. Brackla Wood is the first house on the left.

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Macmillan Cancer Support: Black Isle 60%
Kilry Village Gardens

Kilry Village Gardens

Kilry, Glen Isla PH11 8HS
Kilry Garden Club
Saturday/Sunday, 15/16 June, 12pm - 5pm (2019)
2c6
A varied selection of gardens in the magnificent setting of Glenisla.
Cotton of Craig Kilry, Blairgowrie PH11 8HW (Rachel and Nick Joy): Old walled garden with espaliered fruit trees, herbaceous borders, vegetable garden, greenhouse, specimen trees and robot lawn mower.
Easter Cammock Glenisla, Blairgowrie PH11 8PF (June and John Browning): Panoramic views of Glenisla. Large pond surrounded by water plants, perennial and annual wild flowers and many relatively young plants. Established woodland area, rockery, herbaceous borders. Access by farm track.
Easter Derry Kilry PH11 8JA (Pippa and Roger Clegg): With heather-clad hills as backdrop, two acre garden with lily pond, herbaceous borders, scree bed, vegetable garden, greenhouse and polytunnel.
Estir Bogside Alyth PH11 8HU (Morag and Andrew Buist): Garden started in 1995. Herbaceous borders, cottage garden and potager. Eight years ago extended to adjacent land to allow planting of native trees, wild flowers, mown paths and a pond.
The Mill Glen Isla, Blairgowrie PH11 8QL (Valerie and Charles Summers): Wonderful location in Glenisla includes small wood, stream and natural pond. Haven for wildlife. Island beds, formal herbaceous borders and rockery around the house, blending with wilder areas.
Whinloans Kilry, Blairgowrie PH11 8HY (Linda and Malcolm Connor): One third of an acre laid out attractively with lawn, herbaceous border, two ponds, large vegetable plot and polytunnel. Planters and hanging baskets.

Directions: From Perth take the A94 to Coupar Angus and just before Meigle take the B954 and follow signs to Glenisla and then to Kilry signed to the left. From Dundee take the A923 to Muirhead and then B954 to Meigle and Kilry.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Barnardo’s Scotland: Dundee Group 30% & Hot Chocolate Trust 30%
Haugh Garden

Haugh Garden

College of Roseisle IV30 5YE
Gwynne and David Hetherington
Saturday 15 June, Saturday 6 July, Saturday 20 July & Saturday 17 August, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c67
T:01343 835790
Our garden is now in the sixth year of being developed. From what was an unmaintained woodland we have created a spring garden criss-crossed with informal paths and with extensive drifts of snowdrops and over 40 varieties of tulips. Colour interest continues with a collection of hellebores, daffodils, narcissi and rhododendrons. A wildlife pond is situated in a corner of the woodland close to the ruins of an 18th-century farmhouse. Extensive herbaceous borders enclose the lawn, with a central rose bed and a small orchard. The immature pine and birch woodland has been thinned out allowing the bluebells to flower, and it has now been planted with a wide range of under storey shrubs to give year-round interest. There is a productive polytunnel and organic vegetable beds. 

Directions: From Elgin take the A96 west, then the B9013 Burghead Road to the crossroads at the centre of College of Roseisle. The garden is on the right, enter from the Duffus Road. Village Hall car parking is to the left off Kinloss Road. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Alzheimer Scotland 30% & Children's Hospice Association Scotland 30%
The Bield at Blackruthven

The Bield at Blackruthven

Blackruthven House, Tibbermore PH1 1PY
The Bield Christian Co Ltd
Saturday 15 June, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c57
T:01738 583238 info@bieldatblackruthven.org.uk
The Bield is set in extensive grounds with well-maintained lawns, clipped hedges, flower meadow and specimen trees. Visitors can stroll around the grounds and explore the labyrinth cut into the grass of the old orchard. The main traditional walled garden has extensive herbaceous borders, manicured lawns and an organic vegetable plot. The walled garden has trained fruit trees, a fruit cage, a glasshouse and a healing garden. Garden visitors may also wish to visit Southron Smallholding - a ten-minute walk through the grounds to extensive vegetable plots, polytunnels and various animals. Not staffed on open day.

Directions: From Dundee or Edinburgh, follow signs for Glasgow, Stirling and Crianlarich which lead onto the Perth bypass. Head west on the A85 signed to Crieff/Crianlarich to West Huntingtower. Turn left at the crossroads to Madderty/Tibbermore. Entrance is left after a half mile passing the gate lodge on your right. Parking signed to right at the steading.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: The Bield At Blackruthven: Southron 60%
Woodfall Gardens

Woodfall Gardens

Glasserton DG8 8LY
Ross and Liz Muir
Sunday 16 June, 10:30am - 4:30pm (2019)
2c67
woodfallgardens@btinternet.com
This lovely three-acre 18th-century triple walled garden has been thoughtfully restored to provide year-round interest. Many mature trees and shrubs include some less common species; herbaceous borders and shrub roses surround the foundations of original greenhouses; grass borders; a parterre; extensive beds of fruit and vegetables; a herb garden and a small woodland walk. This unusual garden is well worth a visit. 

Directions: Two miles south west of Whithorn at junction of A746 and A747 (directly behind Glasserton Church). 

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Macmillan Cancer Support 30% & Glasserton and the Isle Of Whithorn Church of Scotland 30%
Cowhill Tower

Cowhill Tower

Holywood DG2 0RL
Mr and Mrs P Weatherall
Sunday 16 June, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c5d7
T:01387 720304 cmw@cowhill.co.uk
This is an interesting walled garden. There are topiary animals, birds and figures and a beautiful woodland walk. Splendid views can be seen from the lawn right down the Nith Valley. There are also a variety of statues from the Far East. 

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

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Maggies Centre 60%
Barmagachan House

Barmagachan House

Borgue, Kirkcudbright DG6 4SW
Andy and Carolyn McNab
Sunday 16 June, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c
T:01557 870225
This garden, developed since 2009, surrounds an 18th-century house on a rocky knoll overlooking Wigtown Bay. It is profusely planted with a large variety of alpines, perennials and shrubs. Two themes are plants from SW China and Australasia e.g. meconopsis, arisaema, Asian primulas, eucryphia and leptospermum. Planting is informal and naturalistic and designed to encourage wildlife. And there is a productive vegetable garden, soft fruit cage and developing orchard. Visitors may also explore the wood and motte. 

Directions: From Borgue follow the coast (Carrick) road up hill past the church and down. Take the first and only right turn and follow the lane winding past farms for about half a mile. Barmagachan House is on the left by a wood. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland: Dumfries and Galloway Group 60%
Dippoolbank Cottage

Dippoolbank Cottage

Carnwath ML11 8LP
Mr Allan Brash
Sunday 16 June, 2pm - 6pm (2019)
0c7
Artist’s intriguing cottage garden. Vegetables are grown in small beds. There are herbs, fruit, flowers and a pond in woodland area with treehouse and summerhouse. The fernery was completed in 2007. This is an organic garden that was mainly constructed with recycled materials. 

Directions: Off B7016 between Forth and Carnwath near the village of Braehead on the Auchengray road. Approximately eight miles from Lanark. Well signposted. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: The Little Haven (Forth) 60%
Gullane House

Gullane House

Sandy Loan, Gullane EH31 2BH
William and Judy Thomson
Saturday/Sunday, 22/23 June, 2pm - 6pm (2019)
2c846e79
A traditional walled garden of three acres. The front of the house looks onto rose-hedged twin herbaceous borders of delphinium, peonies and lupins followed by dahlias, phlox and salvias and preceded by tulips and alliums. A small lily pond leads to a newly made rose and lavender garden planted within established box hedging. The next ‘room’ is reached through a beech hedge and is full of soft fruit and vegetables. The garden also boasts several kinds of fruit trees and shrubs, a splendid elm and oak and woodland paths surround the formal areas providing plenty of places for hide and seek! 
Champion Trees: Elm, Oak

Directions: Gullane House is situated on Sandy Loan about 30 yards from the main street in Gullane. Public transport: X5 and 124 buses from Edinburgh to North Berwick. 

Admission: £6.00, children free
Charities: Save the Children UK 30% & St Adrians Episcopal Church Gullane 30%
Threave Garden

Threave Garden

Castle Douglas DG7 1RX
The National Trust for Scotland
Sunday 23 June, 10am - 5pm (2019)
0c85ed
T:01556 502 575 rapolley@nts.org.uk
Threave Garden, The Training Centre for future Professional Gardeners, is home to the School of Heritage Gardening. A place of education and plantsmanship, the garden has been developed by generations of students since 1960, resulting in a series of ‘rooms’ within the garden, each showcasing year-round interest; from beautiful spring daffodils, striking autumnal colour and a multitude of summer herbaceous displays. Threave also boasts a fully productive working walled garden that yields a large bounty of home-grown produce each year for sale to the public and use in the on-site terrace cafe.
Champion Trees: Acer platanoides 'Princeton Gold'

Directions: Off A75, one mile west of Castle Douglas.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: The National Trust for Scotland: School of Heritage Gardening 60%
Drimfern

Drimfern

Inveraray, Argyll PA32 8XJ
Judith Witts
Sunday 23 June, 11:30am - 4:30pm (2019)
0c6
This small, semi-wild garden has been developed on the hillside amongst farm fields. It is protected by native trees and hedging, with mown paths leading through wild flower strewn grasses, and across interlinked ponds. There is a vegetable and fruit garden, varied trees, shrubs and flowers, including a rock garden. The garden is about 400 feet above sea level.

Directions: Off the A819, five miles north of Inveraray on the left. Go over a cattle grid, steeply, then a winding dirt track (rough). Drimfern is the first house on the left. Coming from Dalmally the entrance is ten miles down to the right.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Shelter Scotland 60%
Marlfield and Ruthven Gardens

Marlfield and Ruthven Gardens

Coldstream TD12 4JT
Christine and Forbes McLennan, Keith and Karen Fountain
Sunday 23 June, 1pm - 5pm (2019)
2c57
Marlfield Coldstream TD12 4JT (Christine and Forbes McLennan): Marlfield is a two and a half acre garden with extensive lawns, specimen trees, shrubberies, flower beds, a half acre woodland wind break, half acre paddock with a large allotment type raised vegetable garden, fruit cage and small orchard. The present owners have worked extensively over the past five years to create the allotment and fruit beds from a vacant field. The main garden is still a work in progress, restoring or creating order from what was a very neglected garden. The rockery and fish pond are almost complete. Marlfield is a lovely tranquil garden where one can honestly hear nothing but birds singing and our bees buzzing.
Ruthven House Coldstream TD12 4JU (Keith and Karen Fountain): Ruthven has lovely views toward the Cheviots and is accessed via a sweeping driveway. There are three acres divided into various interconnected areas, including a traditional knot garden, gravel gardens, an orchard set in meadow planting, a newly establish rose garden and informal herbaceous borders which lead to the garden's main feature, two ponds connected by a winding stream. The owners have over the last few years expanded the garden extensively from the original small beds around the house - adding different areas as inspiration struck. The most recent additions are a substantial kitchen garden and (perhaps optimistically) a small lavender field.

Directions: Four miles north of Coldstream on the old Duns Road. Half a mile off the main road.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Macmillan Cancer Support: Borders General 60%
Thorntree

Thorntree

Arnprior FK8 3EY
Mark and Carol Seymour
Sunday 23 June, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
c5
T:01786 870710 info@thorntreebarn.co.uk
The amazing views from Ben Lomond to Ben Ledi and on to Stirling sold Thorntree to Carol and Mark 25 years ago. The garden evolved while trying to keep a ‘cottage’ feel. Carol sold old silver, which had not been used in years, to build the dry stone wall. An apple arch was given to Mark to encourage him into the garden. The lawns are mown like a bowling green (or to a millimetre) by Mark. The courtyard includes flower beds. The saltire bed was designed in 2002 when Carol stopped growing dried flowers in a 20x20 metre square. The slightly sunken bed, all that they inherited on arrival, now holds meconopsis. Carol is now making a wooded area filled with primroses and Martagon lilies. Do come and see! 

Directions: Go on A811, in to Arnprior, then take Fintry Road; Thorntree is second on the right. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Forth Driving Group RDA SCIO 60%
Finzean House

Finzean House

Finzean, Banchory AB31 6NZ
Mr and Mrs Donald Farquharson
Sunday 23 June, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c857
Finzean House was the family home of Joseph Farquharson, the Victorian landscape painter, and the garden was the backdrop for several of his paintings. The garden has lovely views over the historic holly hedge to the front of Clachnaben. There is a spring woodland garden, extensive lawns with herbaceous and shrub borders and a working cut flower garden for late summer alongside a recently restored pond area. 

Directions: On the B976, South Deeside Road, between Banchory and Aboyne. 

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: The Forget-Me-Not Club 60%
8 Halmyre Mains

8 Halmyre Mains

West Linton EH46 7BX
Joyce and Mike Madden
Sunday 23 June, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c5
T:07774 609 547 agentromanno@gmail.com
A half-acre organic garden with newly replanted deep herbaceous borders surrounding the main lawn. Raised plots, a greenhouse, keder house and polytunnel producing fruit and vegetables. A pergola leads to a composting area and then down to the pond with viewing areas and sun house. 

Directions: Five miles south of Leadburn Junction on the A701 (Moffat). 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Lamancha Hub 60%
19 Gardiner Road

19 Gardiner Road

Edinburgh EH4 3RP
Ms Rae Renwick
Sunday 23 June, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c8459
rae_renwick@yahoo.com
This is a newly designed (and surprisingly large) south-facing garden which had been neglected for some years. While the design retains much of the original structure, a circular theme was introduced to help define grass, pond and seating areas. The hard landscaping is specifically designed to give a feeling of space and openness and effectively joins the living quarters of the house to the garden itself. Some established trees, hedges and shrubs were retained and some much loved trees and shrubs from a previous garden were incorporated. Mixed planting of evergreens and herbaceous plants help to ensure year-round interest. There are also raised beds, vegetable and fruit plots as well as a greenhouse. The front area is minimalist and deliberately low maintenance. 

Directions: Buses 43 from St Andrew’s Square or 41 from Kings Buildings. Get off at Blackhall Post Office. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Alzheimer Scotland 60%
The Carriage House

The Carriage House

Blair Estate, Dalry KA24 4ER
Mr & Mrs Luke Borwick
Sunday 23 June, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c79
T:01294 832816 lina@blairtrust.co.uk
The Stables were built (c1800) on rocky outcrop with little soil depth. In 2001, the Carriage House was created from old stables, cowshed and dairy. The Garden has evolved over the past fifteen years, and has been designed by the owners to provide colour and interest all year round, many plants provided by friends and family. Divided into many different ‘rooms’, some contain sculptures by artists including Lucy Poett, Lucy Fisher and Mary Stormonth Darling. Ironwork by Kev Paxton. Small copses have been formed in the adjoining ten-acre field, containing many interesting trees and shrubs. Paths are designed to take you round the field to discover items of interest, such as the mermaids rescuing a girl, some unusual trees such as a variegated tulip tree, a golden dawn redwood, and a wellingtonia grown from seed here at Blair. 

Directions: From A737 in Dalry take road to station, continue for a half mile, right onto Blair road. Access via South Lodge of Blair Estate. Public transport to Dalry. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Friends of Hilary Storm School Uganda 30% & Dalry Trinity Church of Scotland 30%
Glebeside House

Glebeside House

Spy's Lane, Rhu G84 8RA
Francoise and Peter Proctor
Sunday 23 June, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
0c6
Traditional Scottish house built in 1834 with a third of an acre of ground. A small garden surrounds the house and comprises a natural rockery, shrubs at the rear, an old wash house recently renovated, laburnum arch and four or five ‘rooms’ in the larger garden. A more recently added alteration is a French oak boat port with slated roof built over the entrance. To the front and side there are mixed herbaceous islands and borders, mature shrubs, lawn and greenhouse. 

Directions: Take the A814 from Helensburgh to Rhu Marina. Turn right into Pier Road. Spy’s Lane is up the hill on the left. Park on Pier Road. 

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Gareloch Group Riding For The Disabled Association SCIO 60%
Dal an Eas

Dal an Eas

Kilmore, Oban PA34 4XU
Mary Lindsay
Saturday/Sunday, 29/30 June, 1pm - 6pm (2019)
2c67
T:01631 770246 dalaneas@live.com
Recently created informal country garden with the aim of increasing the biodiversity of native plants and insects while adding interest and colour with introduced trees, shrubs and naturalised perennials. The structured garden has a pond, a burn with pool, wildflower meadow with five different species of native orchid and a vegetable plot. Grass paths lead to waterfalls, views and ancient archaeological sites.

Directions: Take A816 to Kilmore three-and-a-half miles south of Oban. Turn left on road to Barran and Musdale. Keep left at junction for Connel. Dal an Eas is approximately one mile on the left before the big hedges.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Mary's Meals 30% & Kilmore & Kilbride Village Hall Committee 30%
Glen House

Glen House

Glen Estate, Innerleithen EH44 6PX
The Tennant family
Sunday 30 June, 11am - 4pm (2019)
0c67
T:01896 830210 info@glenhouse.com
Surrounding the outstanding Scots Baronial mansion designed by David Bryce in the mid-19th century, Glen House gardens are laid out on shallow terraces overhanging the glen itself, which offers one of the loveliest designed landscapes in the Borders. The garden expands from the formal courtyard through a yew colonnade, and contains a fine range of trees, long herbaceous border and pool garden with pergola, all arranged within the curve of slopes sheltering the house. 

Directions: Follow B709 out of Innerleithen for approximately two and a half miles. Right turn at signpost for Glen Estate

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: the difference: Margaret Kerr Unit palliative care 60%
Bruckhills Croft

Bruckhills Croft

Rothienorman, Inverurie AB51 8YB
Paul and Helen Rushton
Sunday 30 June, 12pm - 5pm (2019)
2c86
T:01651 821596 helenrushton1@aol.com
An informal country-cottage garden extending to three quarters if an acre with a further acre as wildflower meadow and pond. The pond has been extensively replanted with primulas and irises. Themed borders include a White Border, a Butterfly Alley and a Blue and Yellow Border. We specialise in rabbit-proof planting. Relax on one of the many seats in the garden, enjoy a cuppa and homebake in the pavilion, and children can follow the treasure trail. Our snowdrops featured on the Beechgrove Garden in 2017: the collection consists of 400 named varieties. 

Directions: At Rothienorman take the B9001 north, just after Badenscoth Nursing Home turn left; in one mile you will be directed where to park depending if it is the winter or summer opening. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Befriend A Child Ltd 60%
5 Greenbank Crescent

5 Greenbank Crescent

Edinburgh EH10 5TE
Sandy Corlett
Sunday 30 June, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c849
T:0131 447 1119 sandycorlett@hotmail.co.uk
South-facing, newly designed, sloping terraced garden with views over Braidburn Valley Park to the Pentlands. Colourful chaos of herbaceous plants, shrubs, roses and small trees. Hard features include a gazebo, pergola, greenhouse and water feature. 

Directions: From city centre take A702 through Morningside, continue uphill on Comiston Road, turn right at Greenback Church on to Greenbank Crescent. Buses 5, 16, 11. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Parkinsons UK 60%
Backhouse at Rossie Estate

Backhouse at Rossie Estate

by Collessie KY15 7UZ
Caroline Thomson and Andrew Thomson
Sunday 30 June, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c6a
caroline.thomson@rofsie-estate.com
A series of arches at the heart of the walled garden smothered by rambling roses over a DNA pathway form the longest interrupted Rose Archway in Scotland. A formal pond, water feature, grass labyrinth, yew-backed herbaceous borders with wispy grasses and unusual perennials, potager filled with roses, cut flowers, soft fruits and herbs. Old espalier fruit trees trained against the walls, new orchard and Victorian glass house complete the walled garden. Alpine scree and gravel plantings, walk to covenanters’ tomb, short Bear Walk for little children, nine hole family putting. Heritage and Education Centre Exhibition.
National Plant Collection: Narcissus (Backhouse cvs.)

Directions: Between Auchtermuchty and Collessie off the A91 at the Backhouse Rossie banner and the single sign to Charlottetown. 300 yards down single track road turn right into Backhouse Rossie Estate.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Suzy Lamplugh Trust - National Stalking Helpline 60%
Boarhills Village Gardens

Boarhills Village Gardens

St Andrews KY16 8PP
The Gardeners of Boarhills
Sunday 30 June, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c46
T:01334 880 238
Eight delightfully varied village gardens exhibiting a range of styles. Colourful, richly planted herbaceous borders surrounding a magnificent lawn at Kenly Green Farm; traditional mixed cottage garden style at The Dirdale and No 2 Old Edinburgh, with kitchen gardens and orchard; spectacular bedding and sweet peas at No 5 Old Edinburgh; clever use of different levels and existing built features at The Cottage, Sea View and No 1 Old Edinburgh, where the design beautifully complements stunning ranges of herbaceous and shrub planting, and lovely views. Beautiful new rockery and water feature in the hidden garden of Byways.

Directions: Enter the Village off the A917. Parking at Kenly Green Farm.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Fife Young Carers SCIO 60%
Southwick House

Southwick House

Southwick DG2 8AH
Mr and Mrs R H L Thomas
Sunday 30 June, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c57
The extensive gardens at Southwick House comprise three main areas. The first is a traditional formal walled garden with potager and large glasshouse producing a range of fruit, vegetables and cutting flowers. Adjacent to this is a hedged formal garden with herbaceous, shrub and rose beds centred around a lily pond, with roses predominately as an interesting feature. Outwith the formal gardens there is a large water garden with two connected ponds with trees, shrubs and lawns running alongside the Southwick Burn. 

Directions: On A710 near Caulkerbush. Dalbeattie seven miles, Dumfries 17 miles. 

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Loch Arthur 60%
House of Aigas and Field Centre

House of Aigas and Field Centre

by Beauly IV4 7AD
Sir John and Lady Lister-Kaye
Sunday 30 June, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c6e
T:01463 782443 sheila@aigas.co.uk
The House of Aigas has a small arboretum of named Victorian specimen trees and modern additions. The garden consists of extensive rockeries, herbaceous borders, ponds and shrubs. Aigas Field Centre rangers lead regular guided walks on nature trails through woodland, moorland and around a loch.
Champion Trees: Douglas fir, Atlas cedar and Sequoiadendron giganteum

Directions: Four and a half miles from Beauly on the A831 Cannich/Glen Affric road.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Highland Hospice: Aird branch 60%
Kilbryde Castle

Kilbryde Castle

Dunblane FK15 9NF
Sir James and Lady Campbell
Sunday 30 June, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
1c67
T:01786 824897 kilbryde1@aol.com
The Kilbryde Castle gardens cover some 12 acres and are situated above the Ardoch Burn and below the castle. The gardens are split into three parts: formal, woodland and wild. Natural planting (azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias) is found in the woodland garden. There are glorious spring bulbs, and autumn colour provided by clematis and acers. Some new plantings for additional late summer/autumn colour was added in 2017. Featured in Scotland on Sunday in September 2016. 

Directions: Three miles from Dunblane and Doune, off the A820 between Dunblane and Doune. On Scotland’s Gardens Scheme open days the garden is signposted from A820. 

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Leighton Library Trust 60%
Dougarie

Dougarie

Isle of Arran KA27 8EB
Mrs S C Gibbs
Tuesday 2 July, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c7
office@dougarie.com
Most interesting terraced garden in castellated folly built in 1905 to celebrate the marriage of the 12th Duke of Hamilton’s only child to the Duke of Montrose. Good selection of tender and rare shrubs and herbaceous border. Small woodland area with trees including azara, abutilon, eucryphia, hoheria and nothofagus. 

Directions: Five miles from Blackwaterfoot. Regular ferry sailing from Ardrossan and Claonaig (Argyll). Information from Caledonian MacBrayne, Gourock, T: 01475 650100. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Pirnmill Village Association 60%
Lennel Bank

Lennel Bank

Coldstream TD12 4EX
Mrs Honor Brown
Sunday 7 July, 10:30am - 5pm (2019)
2c7
T:01890 882297
Lennel Bank is a terraced garden overlooking the River Tweed, consisting of wide borders packed with shrubs and perennial planting, some unusual. The water garden, built in 2008, is surrounded by a rockery and utilises the slope ending in a pond. There is a small kitchen garden with raised beds in unusual shapes. Different growing conditions throughout the garden from dry, wet, shady and sunny lend themselves to a variety of plants, and enhance interest in the garden. 

Directions: On A6112 Coldstream to Duns road, one mile from Coldstream. 

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: British Heart Foundation 60%
Yetholm Village Gardens

Yetholm Village Gardens

Town Yetholm TD5 8RL
The Gardeners of Yetholm Village
Sunday 7 July, 1pm - 5:30pm (2019)
1c457
The villages of Town and Kirk Yetholm are situated at the north end of the Pennine Way and lie close to the Bowmont Water in the dramatic setting of the foothills of the Cheviots. A variety of gardens with their own unique features, variety of styles and reflecting distinctive horticultural interests will be open. The Yew Tree Allotments running along the High Street, will open again, providing an ever popular feature with their unique water collection and distribution system. The short walking distance between the majority of the gardens provides magnificent views of the surrounding landscape to include Staerough and The Curr which straddle both the Bowmont and Halterburn Valleys where evidence of ancient settlements remains. Attractions include the ever popular music, local wood-turning products at Almond Cottage, home baking and produce stall. An excellent plant stall supported by Woodside Walled Garden Centre is also planned for the afternoon. Additional events include ‘The Newest of Books’ fair plus a Small Craft Stall feature.

Directions: Equidistant between Edinburgh and Newcastle. South of Kelso in the Scottish Borders take the B6352 to Yetholm Village. Ample parking is available along the High Street.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Border Group Of Riding For The Disabled (SCIO) 60%
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Milton Community Garden

Liddesdale Square, Milton, Glasgow G22 7BT
North Glasgow Community Food Initiative
Sunday 7 July, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c84679
T:07422 375524 gardens@ngcfi.org.uk
This community garden is a wildlife- and visitor- friendly organic growing space in the heart of Milton. It offers a peaceful environment for the local community to walk through or sit in, to volunteer to help develop the space or to spend time with our gardener and landscaper to learn how to ‘grow your own’ or build things from recycled wood. It features a pond, a green roof, a Ridan composter, a children’s garden complete with mud kitchen and willow sculptures as well as lots of raised beds bursting with fruit, vegetables and flowers. Children's activities will include pond dipping, bug hunts, seed bomb making, a garden trail and more.

Directions: From the M8 leave at Junction 15 onto Springburn Road (A803). After two miles turn left into Colston Road then at the T junction turn right onto Ashgill Road. At the roundabout take the first left into Shillay Street then left into Liddesdale Place. Turn left into Liddesdale Square, garden is at the opposite corner. Parking in the square or there is on street parking. By bus take the 75 bus to Ashgill Road, get off at the back of St Augustine’s Church and the square is a short walk through an alley-way. 

Admission: by donation
Charities: Milton Community Garden and Food Hub 60%
Drumelzier Old Manse

Drumelzier Old Manse

Drumelzier, nr Broughton ML12 6JD
Mr and Mrs Julian Birchall
Sunday 7 July, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c67
T:01899 830319 birchall@oldmanse.org.uk
A traditional Manse garden in the attractive Upper Tweed Valley. Colourful herbaceous border within a walled garden. Unusual selection of plants throughout the garden including many varieties of geraniums and rare Meconopsis baileyi ‘Hensol Violet’. There is a rock border and kitchen garden. A wide variety of shrubs have been planted in the last 15 years in the lower garden leading down to the path along burn with shade-loving plants and hostas. A beautiful setting and surrounding walks. 

Directions: On the B712, ten miles south west of Peebles, two miles east of Broughton. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Stobo and Drumelzier Church of Scotland: Drumelzier Church 30% & The John Buchan Story: Peebles 30%
Douneside House

Douneside House

Tarland AB34 4UD
The MacRobert Trust
Sunday 7 July, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c67
Douneside is the former home of Lady MacRobert, who developed these magnificent gardens in the early to mid 1900s. Ornamental borders and water gardens surround a spectacular infinity lawn overlooking the Deeside hills. A large walled garden supplies vegetables and cut flowers and also houses a large ornamental greenhouse. A new arboretum displays over 130 trees amongst mown grass paths and walking trails behind Douneside, which offer breathtaking views across the Howe of Cromar and beyond. 

Directions: On the B9119 towards Aberdeen. Tarland one mile. 

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Perennial 60%
Waterslap Gardens

Waterslap Gardens

15 & 19 Waterslap, Fenwick KA3 6AJ
Graham & Elaine Stott and Kim Donald
Sunday 7 July, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c9
kd581@aol.com
15 Waterslap Fenwick KA3 6AJ (Mr & Mrs Graham Stott): Already a garden when the Stotts took over Alma Cottage some fourteen years ago, it has continued to evolve under their ownership. It is designed in 'rooms' linked by small pathways throughout with interesting tree, shrub and perennial planting, bulbs in spring, water features attracting plenty of bird and butterfly life, a greenhouse for growing many of the plants in the garden and an attractive summerhouse. A raised timber terrace overflowing with plants is a suntrap for sitting and enjoying the garden. Overall an interesting quirky cottage garden showing off the artistic flair of the owners.
19 Waterslap Fenwick KA3 6AJ (Mrs Kim Donald): This new south facing garden began life in 2015 with only four mature chestnut, lime and willow trees. A challenging site, the owner has designed it to give year-round colour. New traditional hedging provides shelter for this contemporary cottage garden. Planted with a wide variety of trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs, it is already well established. Herbaceous borders and shrubberies frame a lawn. Paths round the garden link raised vegetable beds, greenhouse, cold frames, fruit trees, shrubberies and small woodland area. The burn inspired the flow of the garden, its banks are now planted with water loving trees, shrubs and gunnera.

Directions: Off M77 at J8 heading north etc. M77 from the south take J8 sign Fenwick. Into village, past coffee shop turn right into Waterslap. From north take J7 sign Fenwick, down Main Road, at bottom turn left into Waterslap.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: The Brain Tumour Charity 60%
Glenkindie House Plant Sale

Glenkindie House Plant Sale

Glenkindie, Alford AB33 8SU
Mr and Mrs J P White
Wednesday 10 July, 12pm - 3pm (2019)
3c679
Glenkindie House gardens are laid out around the house in an Arts and Crafts style. The lawns are resplendent with unusual topiary figures: look out for teddy bears, soldiers and Alice in Wonderland characters. There are ancient rubble walls, rose beds planted with R. 'Braveheart', herbaceous borders and a large pond.

Directions: On the A97 Alford/Strathdon road, 12 miles west of Alford.

Admission: £8.00, children free
Charities: Save the Children UK: (Grampian Branch) 30% & Willow 30%
Drumrossie Mansion House

Drumrossie Mansion House

Insch AB52 6LJ
Mr and Mrs Hugh Robertson
Sunday 14 July, 1pm - 5pm (2019)
2c857
The property, which can be traced back to the Crusades, is surrounded by three acres of landscaped lawns, formal walled garden, veg and greenhouse area and a newly planted orchard. There are 27 acres of wooded walks, paddocks and a large wildlife pond. Vegetables are grown in raised beds. The walled garden is laid out in lawns of a very high standard, with herbaceous borders and fruit trees on the south-facing wall. There is a large collection of hostas and alstroemerias, as well as herbaceous plants, heathers and azaleas, a productive vegetable garden, plant-raising area and polytunnel for early veg and flowers, a large glasshouse for tomatoes and a sunken greenhouse, which provides over-wintering heat for tender plants. A main feature is the well, which in days gone by provided the water supply to the house. 

Directions: Do not follow SatNav. Enter drive from Drumrossie Street off the crossroads in centre of village. The drive is through trees at the back of McColl’s supermarket. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Insch Parish Church 60%
Gardens of Kilmaurs

Gardens of Kilmaurs

Kilmaurs KA3 2SA
Mrs Rose-Ann Cuninghame (contact for gardens)
Sunday 14 July, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c9
ayrshire@scotlandsgardens.org
26b Fenwick Road Kilmaurs KA3 2TD (Mr and Mrs B Murphy): The Paddock is a village garden, both front and back but with a difference. Scattered throughout are sculptures created by the owner herself! There are interesting specimen trees including a tulip tree, liquidambar tree and acers.
27 Crosshouse Road Kilmaurs KA3 2SA (Mr and Mrs R Mair): The garden to the rear of the house is in a sheltered position allowing growth of a wide range of plants which offer both spring and summer interest. Each of the two back garden areas contain both a pond and patio. The lower garden has about a third of its area devoted to a productive kitchen garden, soft fruit area and a cold greenhouse. The upper garden is entirely given over to flowering shrubs, perennials, climbers and annuals. We have developed the garden over 40 years.
39 Langmuir Quadrant Kilmaurs KA3 2UA (Mr and Mrs R Vosseler): A small west facing garden in a new estate was created in spring 2017. The garden is mainly herbaceous perennial plants with roses and evergreen shrubs. A slate path with slate edging meanders through garden. Excellent views of countryside over to Arran . The front garden displays larger perennial plants. The main objective of the garden is to produce cut flowers for the house from April to October. Many of the plants are from cuttings and divided stock from our previous house.
5 Kirkton Road Kilmaurs KA3 2NW (Mr F Murray): A small burn runs through this one acre garden. Informal planting lies to the south, fairly steeply banked with bulbs, bluebells, specimen trees and short woodland walk. The north side is laid out in formal lawns, edged by beech hedging and shrub plantations, divided by dry stone dykes. Visitors will find a 17th century dovecot which once served The Tour as a larder. To the back of the house lies the working garden, with polytunnels for roses, dahlias and chrysanthemums.

Directions: Kilmaurs Village is to the North/West of Kilmarnock and South of Stewarton. From Glasgow or Ayr or M77 take signs to Kilmaurs (J7 heading south) and (J8 heading north). B751 goes from Fenwick to Kilmaurs.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: MND Scotland 30% & Multiple Sclerosis Society 30%
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Crail: Small Gardens in the Burgh

2 Castle Street, Crail KY10 3SQ
Mrs J Auchinleck
Saturday/Sunday, 20/21 July, 1pm - 5pm (2019)
0c9
T:01333 450 538 sueellen.jerdan@gmail.com
Several new gardens this year! A number of gardens in varied styles: cottage, historic, plantsman's and bedding. The stunning coastal location of the gardens presents some challenges for planting but also allows a great range of more tender species to flourish.

Directions: Approach Crail from either St Andrews or Anstruther via the A917. Parking available in Marketgate.

Admission: £5.50, children free
Charities: Crail Preservation Society 60%
Kiltarlity Gardens

Kiltarlity Gardens

Kiltarlity IV4 7JQ
Sheila Ross, Sue Mullins and Neil & Frances Macritchie
Sunday 21 July, 12pm - 5pm (2019)
2c67
T:01463 741365 accounts@highlandliliums.co.uk
Aird View 30a Camault Muir IV4 7JH (Sheila Ross): The garden at Aird View offers a mix of borders, a water feature, an arbour and a newly added herbaceous border. There are also fruit trees and vegetable beds.
Foinaven Loaneckheim, Beauly IV4 7JQ (Sue Mullins): The garden at 'Foinaven' is approximately ½ acre in size, and is blessed with several mature Scots Pine trees. The garden is a 'plantaholics' garden with many different varieties of shrubs, trees and herbaceous plants. There is a natural pond and the garden has untamed areas for wildlife and pollinators. Wildlife is well catered for by the selection of plants with flowers for pollenators, and the birds are fed well by the resultant berries.
Highland Liliums 10 Loaneckheim IV4 7JQ (Neil and Frances Macritchie): 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. The garden is also open on a daily basis, see their individual entry for details.

Directions: For Aird View, take the A833 Beauly to Drumnadrochit road, pass Brockies Lodge. Turn right at the bus shelter and follow single track road to junction at school. Turn left up the hill to the top at junction. Aird view is on the right. For Foinaven and Highland Liliums, turn up Post Office Brae in Kiltarlity then turn right after the Free Church. Follow the road towards Highland Liliums. Foinaven is approximately ½ mile from the church. (6th house on the right hand side) and Highland Liliums slightly further up the hill. All gardens will be well signposted from Kiltarlity village, which is just off the Beauly to Drumnadrochit road (A833), approximately 12 miles from Inverness.

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Highland Hospice: Aird branch 60%
Coldstream Open Gardens

Coldstream Open Gardens

Coldstream Community Centre, High Street, Coldstream TD12 4AP
The Gardeners of Coldsteam
Sunday 21 July, 1pm - 5pm (2019)
2c6
Historic Coldstream, Scotland's 'First True Border Town' is home of Coldstream's Guards, the country's second oldest infantry regiment. Cross the bridge over the River Tweed which forms a natural boundary between England and Scotland, pausing to admire the wonderful views along the river to the Cheviots and beyond. Coldstream, as the Borders Floral Gateway Awards best large village winner 2017, will have a great variety of gardens open for the garden enthusiast to explore. Wander around and chat to an exponent of permaculture, a giant vegetable grower and numerous other garden owners who will be delighted to share their gardening triumphs and interests with you.

Directions: Coldstream is on the A697 equidistant between Kelso and Berwick-on-Tweed. The Community Centre (an old church building) is in the west end of town. There is ample parking on the street and in nearby car parks.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Coldstream Gateway Association 60%
Bravehound - Erskine Hospital

Bravehound - Erskine Hospital

Old Garden Centre, Bishopton PA7 5HS
Glen Art Volunteers
Sunday 21 July, 1pm - 4pm (2019)
2c4579
hello@bravehound.co.uk
A quirky enclosed tarmac garden, run by the charity Glen Art, features an assortment of outdoor raised planters, covered growing areas, shady/quiet garden and other features embracing the upcycling ethos. Glen Art helps those from a military background return to civilian life through a variety of creative ventures, and this garden can testify to the therapeutic benefits of gardens and dogs. Being the ‘Bravehound’ site, this new project looks to provide companion dogs to veterans to support their transition to civilian life. There may be doggy displays in an enclosed part of the garden. 

Directions: From the M8, take the exit for Erskine Bridge and turn off to Bishopton. From the North, go over Erskine Bridge, take the turning to Bishopton. Located on the south side of the Erskine Bridge, enter the Erskine Home Estate and follow signs for Bravehound

Admission: £3.50, children free
Charities: BRAVEHOUND 60%
Wellbutts

Wellbutts

Elsrickle, by Biggar ML12 6QZ
Nick and Lillian Slater
Sunday 21 July, 1pm - 5pm (2019)
1c
We started our croft garden 19 years ago on an exposed hill site of approximately two acres at an altitude of 960 feet. Our priority then was hedging, shrub and tree planting, keeping open views but creating windbreaks for herbaceous gardens, spring fed natural duck ponds and a rill fed ‘boggery’. Now established the beds are reshaped, enlarged and replanted with an extensive collection of perennials. Greenhouses and covered areas provide protection for more than 70 hanging baskets and our collection of pot grown begonias. 

Directions: Parking on the main road (A721) then walk to the garden (approximately 200 yards). Adjacent field parking may be available dependent on the weather, see signs on the day. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Alzheimer Scotland 60%
Strathbungo Garden

Strathbungo Garden

March Street, Glasgow G41 2PX
Frank Burns
Sunday 21 July, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c457
Nestled behind Glasgow’s busy main road artery to the Southside, you will happen upon a hidden walled terrace garden which marks the historical boundary to Strathbungo. It’s an unexpected and interesting cottage-style city garden, showing what can be turned into a lovely colourful space for all the occupants of the terrace to enjoy. Inventive container planting is a key feature of this distinct urban retreat, which holds year-round interest. There’s a range of fruit trees, some of which are trained as minarettes and stepovers. Why not visit Strathbungo Garden on Facebook and see what’s been happening in the garden over the past months? 

Directions: From the south take the M74 to Junction 1A Polmadie. Turn left onto Polmadie Road, then turn right at the next traffic lights onto Calder Street. Proceed to Nithsdale Drive, then turn left into March Street where ample parking can be found. From the north take the M8 and join the M74, turn right into Polmadie Road at Junction 1A. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: ALVO Rural South Lanarkshire 60%
101 Greenbank Crescent

101 Greenbank Crescent

Edinburgh EH10 5TA
Jerry and Christine Gregson
Sunday 21 July, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c84
T:0131 447 6492 jerry_gregson@yahoo.co.uk
The garden is behind the house, on a steeply sloped site which looks over Braidburn Valley Park, with views to the Pentland hills. Winding paths and steps join a variety of distinct areas and terraces, each with a different character. In ten years of opening we have gradually changed and overhauled these, aiming to have colour, contrast and interest all year round. 

Directions: From city centre take the A702 through Morningside. Continue uphill and turn right at Greenbank Church on to Greenbank Crescent. On 5 and 16 bus routes, the stop is for Greenbank Row. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Shelter Scotland 60%
45 Northfield Crescent

45 Northfield Crescent

Longridge, Bathgate EH47 8AL
Mr Jamie Robertson
Saturday/Sunday, 27/28 July, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c67
T:07885 701642 jamierobertson04@hotmail.co.uk
A delightful garden with a wide variety of shrubs, herbaceous, bedding and dozens of dahlia plants. Large pond with a small waterfall and a colourful decked area with an attractive selection of bedding plants. There is a vegetable patch with raised beds. A feature greenhouse shows award-winning pot plants. The garden is the current holder of the Oatridge College award and has won several gold medals. The owner has won the West Lothian Gardener of the Year prize four times and is Chairman of the Livingston and District Horticultural Society

Directions: From A71 turn right after Breith at traffic lights, go about a mile and turn right into Northfield Crescent. From Whitburn, take A706 Longridge Road to Longridge and last left into Northfield Crescent. 

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Worldwide Cancer Research 60%
Quercus Garden Plants

Quercus Garden Plants

Whitmuir Farm, West Linton EH46 7BB
Rona Dodds
Saturday 27 July, 7pm - 9pm (2019)
3c79
T:01968 660708 rona@quercusgardenplants.co.uk
We are a small independent nursery growing and selling a wide range of happy, healthy plants propagated from our nursery gardens. At just under two acres, these gardens were started in 2015 to show visitors and customers what can be grown in our conditions here on a north-west-facing hill at 850 feet above sea level. Explore our herb garden, scented garden, wildlife garden and all the other inspirational smaller borders. Many of the plants seen in the gardens are available to buy in the nursery. 

Directions: On the A701, four miles south of the Leadburn junction or two miles north of West Linton. 

Admission: £7.00, children free
Charities: Breast Cancer Care 60%
The Schoolhouse

The Schoolhouse

Skirling by Biggar ML12 6HD
Mike and Annie Thompson
Sunday 28 July, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c79
T:01899 860396 info@schoolhouseflowers.co.uk
A developing and informal village garden which is also home to a cut flower business. In addition to the cutting beds there are herbaceous borders, a vegetable patch, young orchard and a recently created wildlife pond.

Directions: Take the A701 or A702 and follow road signs to Skirling. The gardens is directly opposite the village green.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Skirling Village Hall 60%
Kilmardinny Gardens

Kilmardinny Gardens

Glasgow G61 3NW
The Gardeners of Kilmardinny Gardens
Sunday 28 July, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
1c49
The gardens are well established and have a good display of mature trees, shrubs and planting
64 Kilmardinny Crescent G61 3NW (Colin and Joan): The garden is dominated by a large lawn with a flower bed with mixed planting. There is also a mature lime, lilac and cherry trees. There is a border with a profusion of mixed planting including lavatera, fuchsias, pampas grass and hydrangeas. Overlooking the lawn is a 'sitooterie'. At the rear of the property is a delightful bijoux courtyard garden.
68 Kilmardinny Crescent G61 3NW (John and Margaret): The front garden has a curved lawn which has borders of mixed trees, shrubs perennials and annual plants including a scented path. Statues are delightfully placed in the garden. There are various pots in the gravel area and the lower patio area. The borders either side of the house contain peonies hellebores, hostas, shrubs and a magnolia tree.
70 Kilmardinny Crescent G61 3NW (John and Nancy): The front garden contains a colourful variety of shrubs and trees. There is an eye-catching carved wooden sculpture of an eagle surrounded by shrubs which include berberis, pieris, azaleas and hostas. The small lawn at the front of the house is bordered with shrubs. There is a water feature at the corner of the lawn.
8 Carse View Drive G61 3NJ (Gerry and Sandra): The garden is the setting for a 1930’s Art Deco/International style house in Bearsden. There is a large lawn with an informal planting scheme of trees and shrubs. There are many unusual plants including a pineapple tree and a pink variety of cornus.

Directions: From Glasgow via Canniesburn Toll Roundabout take the A81 (Milngavie Road). Just past Kilmardinny Estate Self Catering Cottages on the right hand side take a left into Kilmardinny Avenue then second left into Kilmardinny Crescent. By bus 60A from Glasgow or 10A Balfron bus. Bus stop near junction of Milngavie Road and Kilmardinny Avenue. By train to Hillfoot Station then a short bus ride.

Admission: £7.00, children free
Charities: Children's Hospice Association Scotland: Robin House, Balloch 60%
Glenrinnes Lodge

Glenrinnes Lodge

Dufftown, Keith, Banffshire AB55 4BS
Mrs Kathleen Locke
Sunday 28 July, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c67
T:01340 820384
The garden and policies surrounding Glenrinnes Lodge are typical of a Victorian Lodge. There is a semi-formal garden that lends itself to quiet reflection with stunning views up Glenrinnes. A walled kitchen garden with a large heated greenhouse supply plants, cut flowers and fruit and vegetables. Here you will also find a newly developed herbaceous border displaying vibrant colours through the use of perennial and half-hardy plantings. There are delightful walks in the meadow around the pond and into the woodland, watch out for red squirrels! Some major works have been undertaken recently and much of the garden is still a ‘work in progress’. In keeping with the rest of the estate, Glenrinnes Lodge is gardened following organic principles. 

Directions: In the centre of Dufftown at the Clock Tower take the B9009 road to Tomintoul for about one mile. After passing Dufftown Golf Club on your right there is a lane to the left, which leads to two stone pillars to Glenrinnes Lodge. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Alzheimer's Research UK 60%
The Tors

The Tors

2 Slamannan Road, Falkirk FK1 5LG
Dr and Mrs D M Ramsay
Sunday 28 July, 2pm - 5:30pm (2019)
2c457
T:01324 620877 dmramsay28@yahoo.co.uk
An award-winning Victorian garden of just over one-acre with a secret woodland garden to the side and an orchard leading off to a wild area at the rear of the house. Many unusual maple trees, hydrangeas and rhododendrons are the main interest of this garden and two fine avenues of Chinese paperbark maples are especially noteworthy. Featured on the Beechgrove Garden for autumn colour in September 2010, but the best time to see this garden is at the end of July or the beginning of August. The Scotland on Sunday featured the house and garden in an article with many lovely photographs in September 2015. 

Directions: The B803 to the south of Falkirk leads to Glenbrae Road. Turn right at the traffic lights into Slamannan Road and The Tors is a Victorian building immediately on the left. The house is within 200 yards of Falkirk High Station. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Strathcarron Hospice 60%
Auldbyres Farm Garden

Auldbyres Farm Garden

Coylton KA6 6HG
Marshall and Sue Veitch
Sunday 28 July, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c9
This exposed location has been challenging but compensated for by stunning views towards Arran. Shelter is provided by an unobtrusive boundary fence, ‘borrowing’ the panoramic landscape. Surrounded by a working farm, the garden has mature shrubs, wildlife pond, bog garden and stream. Specimens of interest are gunnera, phormium, cordyline, cardoon, rudbeckia and cloud-pruned conifer. Packed with year-round interest, this garden reaches a July crescendo of massed phlox and hemerocallis, supported by key annuals of cosmos and nicotiana. The rear close protects a large container garden, where moveable pots ensure seasonal displays. Summer stars include tulbaghia, large-flowered fuchsias, pelargoniums, dahlias and begonias. There are small vegetable beds, a five-bay polytunnel (grapevine, tomatoes, basil, cucumber and oleanders), potting/nursery area and compost midden. 

Directions: In Coylton take road signed B742, past Coylton Arms pub in Low Coylton, Auldbyres signed on left after half a mile. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Coylton Parish Church (Church of Scotland) 30% & Beatson Cancer Charity 30%
House of Aigas and Field Centre

House of Aigas and Field Centre

by Beauly IV4 7AD
Sir John and Lady Lister-Kaye
Sunday 28 July, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c6e
T:01463 782443 sheila@aigas.co.uk
The House of Aigas has a small arboretum of named Victorian specimen trees and modern additions. The garden consists of extensive rockeries, herbaceous borders, ponds and shrubs. Aigas Field Centre rangers lead regular guided walks on nature trails through woodland, moorland and around a loch.
Champion Trees: Douglas fir, Atlas cedar and Sequoiadendron giganteum

Directions: Four and a half miles from Beauly on the A831 Cannich/Glen Affric road.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Highland Hospice: Aird branch 60%
Craigentinny Telferton Allotments

Craigentinny Telferton Allotments

Telferton Road, off Portobello Road, Edinburgh EH7 6XG
The Gardeners of Craigentinny and Telferton
Sunday 28 July, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c846
Established in 1923, this independent allotment site is a tranquil and charming space, hidden away in a built-up area, where the local community benefit from growing their own vegetables and fruit. 

Directions: Park on Telferton Road. Buses 15, 26, 45. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Craigentinny Telferton Allotments 60%
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
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
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%
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%
Kinlochlaich Gardens

Kinlochlaich Gardens

Appin PA38 4BD
Miss F M M Hutchison
3 March - 15 October, 11am - 4pm (2019)
c845
T:07881 525754 fiona@kinlochlaich.plus.com
Walled garden incorporating a large Nursery Garden variety of plants growing and for sale. Extensive grounds with woodland walk and spring garden. Many rhododendrons, azaleas, trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants, including many unusual such as embothrium, davidia, stewartia, magnolia, eucryphia and tropaeolum. A quarter of the interior of the walled garden is borders packed with many unusual and interesting plants, espaliered fruit trees, and with an ancient yew in the centre.

Directions: On the A828 in Appin between Oban, 18 miles to the south, and Fort William, 27 miles to the north. The entrance is next to the police station. Bus Oban to Fort William.

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Feis na h'apainne 30% & The Appin Village Hall 30%
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%
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
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
Highlands Garden

Highlands Garden

East Voe, Scalloway, SHETLAND ZE1 0UR
Sarah Kay
1 May - 31 October, 9am - 9pm (2019)
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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%
Leathad Ard

Leathad Ard

Upper Carloway, Isle of Lewis HS2 9AQ
Rowena and Stuart Oakley
1 May - 28 September (not Sundays), 10am - 6pm (2019)
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T:01851 643204 stuart.oakley1a@gmail.com
A one-acre sloping garden with stunning views over East Loch Roag. It has evolved along with the shelter hedges that divide the garden into a number of areas giving a new view at every corner. With shelter and raised beds, the different conditions created permit a wide variety of plants to be grown. Features include herbaceous borders, cutting borders, bog gardens, grass garden, exposed beds, patios, a pond and vegetables and fruit grown both in the open ground and the Keder greenhouse. Some of the vegetables are grown to show standards.

Directions: On A858 Shawbost-Carloway, first right after Carloway football pitch, and first house on right. By bus take the Westside circular bus, exit Stornoway, head for Carloway football pitch.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: British Red Cross 60%
Balmeanach House

Balmeanach House

Balmeanach, nr Struan, Isle of Skye IV56 8FH
Mrs Arlene Macphie
2 May - 10 October (Mondays & Thursdays), 10:30am - 3pm (2019)
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T:01470 572320 info@skye-holiday.com
During the late 1980s, a third-of-an-acre of croft land was fenced in to create a garden. Now there is a glorious herbaceous border, bedding-plants area and a small azalea and rhododendron walk. In addition, there is a woodland dell with fairies, three ponds and a small shrubbery. Lots of seating areas are provided and visitors are welcome to rest, or even picnic, remembering please to take all litter away.

Directions: A87 to Sligachan, turn left, Balmeanach is five miles north of Struan and five miles south of Dunvegan.

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Scottish SPCA 60%
Bughtrig

Bughtrig

Near Leitholm, Coldstream TD12 4JP
Mr and Mrs William Ramsay
1 June - 1 September, 11am - 5pm (2019)
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T:01890 840777 ramsay@bughtrig.co.uk
A traditional hedged Scottish family garden with an interesting combination of sculpture, herbaceous plants, shrubs, annuals and fruit. It is surrounded by fine specimen trees, which provide remarkable shelter. 

Directions: Quarter of a mile east of Leitholm on the B6461. 

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

The Lookout

Kilmuir, North Kessock IV1 3ZG
David and Penny Veitch
1 June - 31 August (Sundays only), 12pm - 4pm (2019)
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T:01463 731489 david@veitch.biz
A three-quarter-acre elevated coastal garden with incredible views over the Moray Firth which is only for the sure-footed. This award-winning garden, featured on the Beechgrove Garden has been created out of a rock base with shallow pockets of ground, planted to its advantage to encourage all aspects of wildlife. There is a small sheltered courtyard, raised bed vegetable area, pretty cottage garden, scree and rock garden, rose arbour, rhododendrons, flowering shrubs, bamboos, trees and lily pond with waterside plants.

Directions: From Inverness, take North Kessock left turn from A9, and third left at roundabout to go on underpass then sharp left onto Kilmuir Road. From Tore, take slip road for North Kessock and immediately right for Kilmuir. Follow signs for Kilmuir (three miles) until you reach the shore. The Lookout is near the far end of the village with a large palm tree on the grass in front.

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Alzheimer Scotland 60%
The Potting Shed

The Potting Shed

Broughton Place, Broughton, Biggar ML12 6HJ
Jane and Graham Buchanan-Dunlop
18 June - 9 July (Tuesdays only), 11am - 5pm (2019)
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T:01899 830574 buchanandunlop@btinternet.com
A one-acre garden, begun from scratch in 2008, on an exposed hillside at 900 feet. It contains herbaceous plants, climbers, shrubs and trees, all selected for wind resistance and ability to cope with the poor, stony soil. There are (usually) fine views to the Southern Uplands. 

Directions: Signposted from the main A701 Edinburgh - Moffat Road, immediately north of Broughton village. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Macmillan Cancer Support: Borders General Hospital 60%
5 Knott

5 Knott

Clachamish, Portree, Isle of Skye IV51 9NZ
Brian and Joyce Heggie
27 June - 20 September (Thursdays & Fridays), 2pm - 5pm (2019)
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T:01470 582213 jbheggie@hotmail.co.uk
An informal, organic garden on a gently sloping half-acre site. Perimeter hedging has enabled a sheltered, tranquil oasis to be created. Winding paths meander through densely planted borders filled with a diverse range of perennials, annuals and shrubs. The house overlooks a sheltered bay with regular sightings of otters, sea eagles and harbour porpoises. There is a separate vegetable and herb area with a large polytunnel and raised beds. Garden seating in several locations. The garden is situated in an easily reached, particularly quiet and scenic area of Skye.

Directions: From Portree, take the A87 to Uig/Dunvegan. After approximately three miles, take the A850 towards Dunvegan. Six miles on, past the Treaslane sign, look for the red phone box on the right. Turn right on the bend at the signpost for Knott.

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Crossroads Care Skye & Lochalsh 60%
Portmore

Portmore

Eddleston EH45 8QU
Mr and Mrs David Reid
3 July - 28 August (Wednesdays only), 1pm - 5pm (2019)
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T:07825 294388
Lovingly created by the current owners over the past 30 years, the gardens, surrounding the David Bryce-designed mansion house contain mature trees and offer fine views of the surrounding countryside. Large walled garden with box-edged herbaceous borders is planted in stunning colour harmonies, potager, rose garden, pleached lime walk and ornamental fruit cages. The Victorian glasshouses contain fruit trees, roses, geraniums, pelargoniums and a wide variety of tender plants. There is also an Italianate Grotto and water garden with shrubs and meconopsis. The woodland walks are lined with rhododendrons, azaleas and shrub roses. Starred in Good Gardens Guide and featured in Kenneth Cox’s book Scotland for Gardeners and on Beechgrove Gardens

Directions: Off A703 one mile north of Eddleston. Bus 62. 

Admission: £6.00, children free
Charities: RNIB Charity: Peebles Community Talking Book 60%
Laundry Cottage

Laundry Cottage

Culdrain, Gartly, Huntly AB54 4PY
Judith McPhun
By arrangement (2019)
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T:01466 720768 judithmcphun@icloud.com
An informal cottage-style garden of about one-and-a-half acres by the river Bogie. Two contrasting steep slopes make up the wilder parts. The more intensively gardened area round the cottage includes a wide variety of herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees, an orchard area and fruit and vegetable plots, making a garden of year-round interest. 

Directions: Four miles south of Huntly on the A97. 

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

Kinlochlaich Gardens

Appin PA38 4BD
Miss F M M Hutchison
By arrangement (2019)
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T:07881 525754 fiona@kinlochlaich.plus.com
Walled garden incorporating a large Nursery Garden variety of plants growing and for sale. Extensive grounds with woodland walk and spring garden. Many rhododendrons, azaleas, trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants, including many unusual such as embothrium, davidia, stewartia, magnolia, eucryphia and tropaeolum. A quarter of the interior of the walled garden is borders packed with many unusual and interesting plants, espaliered fruit trees, and with an ancient yew in the centre.

Directions: On the A828 in Appin between Oban, 18 miles to the south, and Fort William, 27 miles to the north. The entrance is next to the police station. Bus Oban to Fort William.

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Feis na h'apainne 30% & The Appin Village Hall 30%
Blair House, Blair Estate

Blair House, Blair Estate

Dalry, Ayrshire KA24 4ER
Charles and Sallie Hendry
By arrangement (2019)
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T:01294 833100 enquiries@blairestate.com
Blair has beautiful landscaped gardens, with a collection of trees dating back to the 19th-century. Over the past seven years, the gardens have been undergoing restoration, with new beds created including a collection of rhododendrons, magnolias and azaleas. At our opening in February enjoy beautiful displays of snowdrops. Walks on the estate will include access to the private gardens. 

Directions: From A737 in Dalry, take road signposted to the station and continue for half a mile. Access via North Lodge gates on the right. A one way system will be in place. Public transport to Dalry. 

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Ayrshire Hospice 60%
The Potting Shed

The Potting Shed

Broughton Place, Broughton, Biggar ML12 6HJ
Jane and Graham Buchanan-Dunlop
By arrangement (2019)
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T:01899 830574 buchanandunlop@btinternet.com
A one-acre garden, begun from scratch in 2008, on an exposed hillside at 900 feet. It contains herbaceous plants, climbers, shrubs and trees, all selected for wind resistance and ability to cope with the poor, stony soil. There are (usually) fine views to the Southern Uplands. 

Directions: Signposted from the main A701 Edinburgh - Moffat Road, immediately north of Broughton village. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Macmillan Cancer Support: Borders General Hospital 60%
Kilbryde Castle

Kilbryde Castle

Dunblane FK15 9NF
Sir James and Lady Campbell
By arrangement between 1 February - 30 September (2019)
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T:01786 824897 kilbryde1@aol.com
The Kilbryde Castle gardens cover some 12 acres and are situated above the Ardoch Burn and below the castle. The gardens are split into three parts: formal, woodland and wild. Natural planting (azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias) is found in the woodland garden. There are glorious spring bulbs, and autumn colour provided by clematis and acers. Some new plantings for additional late summer/autumn colour was added in 2017. Featured in Scotland on Sunday in September 2016. 

Directions: Three miles from Dunblane and Doune, off the A820 between Dunblane and Doune. On Scotland’s Gardens Scheme open days the garden is signposted from A820. 

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Leighton Library Trust 60%
Kilsyth Gardens

Kilsyth Gardens

Allanfauld Road, Kilsyth G65 9DE
Mr and Mrs George Murdoch, Mr and Mrs A Patrick
By arrangement between 1 April - 30 August (2019)
2c467
T:07743 110908 alan.patrick3@googlemail.com
Aeolia Allanfauld Road G65 9DE (Mr and Mrs George Murdoch): A third of an acre woodland garden developed since 1960 and designed to have something in flower every month of the year. The garden contains a large variety of mature specimen trees and shrubs, maples, primulas, hardy geraniums and herbaceous plants. Spring bulbs provide early colour and lilies and dahlias provide late season interest. There are a couple of small ponds for wildlife, two greenhouses and a fruit production area. The owners are members of the Scottish Rhododendron Society and have a collection of over 100 specimens, some grown from seed. Areas of the garden are often under development to provide something new to see and provide material for the extensive plant sale, which is all homegrown.
Blackmill Allanfauld Road G65 9DE (Mr and Mrs A Patrick): Across the road from Aeolia, Blackmill is a garden of two parts in that the Garrel Burn runs through the property. On one side is an acre of mature specimen trees, rhododendrons and shrubs on the site of an old waterpowered sickle mill. There is an ornamental pond and a rock pool built into the remains of the mill building. On the other side a further two acres of woodland glen with paths along the Garrel Burn with views to many cascading waterfalls, one with a seven metre drop. New is a large area of wildflowers alongside the burn, a micro hydro scheme is on view along with many different types of dry stone walls.

Directions: Turn off the A803 into Parkburn Road up to crossroads (parking attendant will advise you on parking). Bus no. 89 Glasgow-Kilsyth this service has a stop up at the crossroads a couple of minutes walk to the gardens. Trains the nearest station is Croy connection bus 147 or 344 to Kilsyth.

Admission: £7.00, children free
Charities: Strathcarron Hospice 60%
The Lookout

The Lookout

Kilmuir, North Kessock IV1 3ZG
David and Penny Veitch
By arrangement between 1 April - 30 September (2019)
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T:01463 731489 david@veitch.biz
A three-quarter-acre elevated coastal garden with incredible views over the Moray Firth which is only for the sure-footed. This award-winning garden, featured on the Beechgrove Garden has been created out of a rock base with shallow pockets of ground, planted to its advantage to encourage all aspects of wildlife. There is a small sheltered courtyard, raised bed vegetable area, pretty cottage garden, scree and rock garden, rose arbour, rhododendrons, flowering shrubs, bamboos, trees and lily pond with waterside plants.

Directions: From Inverness, take North Kessock left turn from A9, and third left at roundabout to go on underpass then sharp left onto Kilmuir Road. From Tore, take slip road for North Kessock and immediately right for Kilmuir. Follow signs for Kilmuir (three miles) until you reach the shore. The Lookout is near the far end of the village with a large palm tree on the grass in front.

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Alzheimer Scotland 60%
Liggat Cheek Cottage

Liggat Cheek Cottage

Baltersan, Newton Stewart DG8 6AX
Philip and Jennifer Bradley
By arrangement between 1 April - 30 September (2019)
2c46
T:01671 402639 bradley@liggat.plus.com
The garden is approximately half an acre and includes a small woodland and shade area with ferns, hostas, trilliums, erythroniums and many other shade-loving plants. The rest of the garden is divided into informal ‘rooms’ with large borders containing herbaceous perennials, shrubs, conifers, grasses, etc. There is one south-facing bed devoted to less hardy plants including agaves, yuccas, cordylines, aeoniums and tetrapanax. 

Directions: From Newton Stewart roundabout (A75) towards Wigtown (A714) Scotland’s National Book Town. Approximately two miles from the roundabout on the right, above Baltersan Farm on the left. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Euan Macdonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research 60%
Clover Park

Clover Park

Langdyke, Waterside, Kilmarnock KA3 6JA
Alistair Paterson and Iain MacClure
By arrangement between 1 April - 29 September (2019)
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T:01560 700555 clover.park@outlook.com
Clover Park was created almost ten years ago from a blank canvass. Developed by the owners into an eclectic mix of architectural, ornamental and atmospheric features which include a woodland and azalea walk, fernery, gunnera bog and many other points of interest. A paddock is home to a small herd of friendly pygmy goats. Recent additions are a polytunnel, hardy palms and other exotics. Seating areas are positioned for contemplation and relaxation. A garden of great interest created in a relatively short time. 

Directions: From Glasgow on the M77 take J6 on to A77. After about one and a half miles take left for Galston A719. Drive through hamlet of Waterside, a little further on there is a dip in the road over the Hareshaw Water, look for the sign for Langdyke & Clover Park on the left hand side (farm road). From Ayr/Kilmarnock take J7 off the M77 heading north on to A77. At the Fenwick/ Stewarton roundabout follow signs to Galston. After one mile turn right onto the A719 Galston as above. 

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: CLIC Sargent 30% & Royal Zoological Society Of Scotland 30%
101 Greenbank Crescent

101 Greenbank Crescent

Edinburgh EH10 5TA
Jerry and Christine Gregson
By arrangement between 13 April - 29 September (2019)
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T:0131 447 6492 jerry_gregson@yahoo.co.uk
The garden is behind the house, on a steeply sloped site which looks over Braidburn Valley Park, with views to the Pentland hills. Winding paths and steps join a variety of distinct areas and terraces, each with a different character. In ten years of opening we have gradually changed and overhauled these, aiming to have colour, contrast and interest all year round. 

Directions: From city centre take the A702 through Morningside. Continue uphill and turn right at Greenbank Church on to Greenbank Crescent. On 5 and 16 bus routes, the stop is for Greenbank Row. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Shelter Scotland 60%
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Townend of Kirkwood

Stewarton KA3 3EW
Mrs Katrina Clow
By arrangement between 15 April - 31 October (2019)
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T:01560 483926 / 07914 316119 katrina.clow@btinternet.com
Townend of Kirkwood is a new garden created on three acres of wet field in 2013. On the left towards the house there is extensive planting around a wildlife pond, and on the right some interesting wind breaking planting which is maturing well. There is an excellent range of interesting shrubs and young trees throughout with a well-established set of beds with mixed plantings. To the rear of the house is a delightful sheltered garden with lawn and herbaceous beds full of plants and a path leading to a small young orchard with productive trees. To the front lies a tranquil small landscaped area. Good all-year-round colour. 

Directions: In Stewarton take B778, heading towards the Glasgow / Irvine road. More details when applying. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: The Younger (Benmore) Trust 60%
Eas Mhor

Eas Mhor

Cnoc-a-Challtuinn, Clachan Seil, Oban PA34 4TR
Mrs Kimbra Lesley Barrett
By arrangement between 1 May - 30 September (2019)
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T:01852 300 469 kimbra1745@gmail.com
All the usual joys of a west coast garden plus some delightful surprises! A small contemporary garden on a sloping site - the emphasis being on scent and exotic plant material. Unusual and rare blue Borinda bamboos (only recently discovered in China) and bananas. The garden is at its best in mid to late summer when shrub roses and sweet peas fill the air with scent. The delightful sunny deck overlooks stylish white walled ponds with cascading water blades. Recent additions include a 20-foot citrus house, Chinese pergola walk and peony border.

Directions: Turn off A816 from Oban onto B844 signed Easdale. Over the Bridge onto Seil Island, pass Tigh an Truish pub and turn right after a quarter mile up Cnoc-a-Challtuin road. Public car park is on the left at the bottom; please park there and walk up the road. Eas Mhor on right after second speed bump. Please do not block driveway. Bus Oban - Clachan Seil, two/three per day.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: MS Centre (Therapy Centre): Oban 60%
Parkhead House

Parkhead House

Parkhead Gardens, Burghmuir Road, Perth PH1 1RB
Mr and Mrs M S Tinson
By arrangement between 1 May - 30 September (2019)
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T:01738 625983 M:07748 186 815 maddy.tinson@gmail.com
Parkhead is an old farmhouse sited within an acre of beautiful gardens. Mature trees include an outstanding 300-year-old Spanish chestnut. This hidden gem is a garden for all seasons. Gentle terracing and meandering paths lead you past a large variety of unusual and interesting plants and shrubs. If you seek colour and inspiration come and see this garden.
National Plant Collection: Lilium (Mylnefield lilies)

Directions: Parkhead Gardens is on a small lane off the west end of Burghmuir Road in Perth. More detailed directions on request.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Plant Heritage 60%
Pitcurran House

Pitcurran House

Abernethy PH2 9LH
The Hon Ranald and Mrs Noel-Paton
By arrangement between 1 May - 30 September (2019)
3c467
T:01738 850933 patricianp@pitcurran.com
This end-of-village garden was created 15 years ago. It includes an interesting combination of trees, rare shrubs and herbaceous plants including azaleas, rhododendrons, tree peonies, trillums and veratrum. Also a rose pergola, eucryphias and a large west-facing hydrangea border for the later summer. Above the pond there is a good collection of pink and white barked birches and an embryonic arboretum.

Directions: South east of Perth. From M90 (exit nine) take A912 towards Glenfarg, go left at roundabout onto A913 to Abernethy. Pitcurran House is at the far eastern end of the village. Buses run through Abernethy from Perth and surrounding districts.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Limited 60%
10 Pilmuir Road West

10 Pilmuir Road West

Forres IV36 2HL
Mrs Lorraine Dingwall
By arrangement between 1 June - 31 July (2019)
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T:01309 674634 fixandig@aol.com
Plantswoman’s small town garden with over 300 cultivars of hostas, an extensive collection of hardy geraniums together with many other unusual plants. Managed entirely without the use of artificial fertilisers or chemicals, the owner encourages hedgehogs, toads and wild birds to control slugs. In early spring there are approximately 150 named snowdrops to be seen, some of which are very rare. 

Directions: From Tesco roundabout at Forres continue along Nairn Road. Take the first left onto Ramflat Road, then go right at the bottom and first left onto Pilmuir Road West. 

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Macmillan Cancer Support 60%
The Herbalist's Garden at Logie

The Herbalist's Garden at Logie

Logie House, Kirriemuir DD8 5PN
Terrill and Gavin Dobson
By arrangement between 1 June - 31 August (2019)
2c46
herbalistsgarden@gmail.com
This garden, featured on the Beechgrove Garden in 2014, is set amid an 18th century walled garden and large Victorian-style greenhouse within Logie’s organic farm. Featuring more than 150 herbs, the physic garden is divided into eight rectangles including medicinal herbs for different body systems. All the herbs are labelled with a brief description of actions to help novices learn more about this ancient art. The garden also features a herbaceous border and productive fruit and vegetable garden.

Directions: From the A90, take A926 towards Kirriemuir. Just after the Welcome to Kirriemuir sign take a sharp left on to a single track road, or from Kirriemuir take A926 towards Forfar and fork right at Beechwood Place onto the single track road. Take the first left and follow signs to The Walled Garden.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: The Glens and Kirriemuir Old Parish Church of Scotland: Thrum's Tots & Messy Church 60%
Portmore

Portmore

Eddleston EH45 8QU
Mr and Mrs David Reid
By arrangement between 1 June - 31 August (2019)
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T:07825 294388
Lovingly created by the current owners over the past 30 years, the gardens, surrounding the David Bryce-designed mansion house contain mature trees and offer fine views of the surrounding countryside. Large walled garden with box-edged herbaceous borders is planted in stunning colour harmonies, potager, rose garden, pleached lime walk and ornamental fruit cages. The Victorian glasshouses contain fruit trees, roses, geraniums, pelargoniums and a wide variety of tender plants. There is also an Italianate Grotto and water garden with shrubs and meconopsis. The woodland walks are lined with rhododendrons, azaleas and shrub roses. Starred in Good Gardens Guide and featured in Kenneth Cox’s book Scotland for Gardeners and on Beechgrove Gardens

Directions: Off A703 one mile north of Eddleston. Bus 62. 

Admission: £6.00, children free
Charities: RNIB Charity: Peebles Community Talking Book 60%
Drumelzier Old Manse

Drumelzier Old Manse

Drumelzier, nr Broughton ML12 6JD
Mr and Mrs Julian Birchall
By arrangement between 1 June - 31 July (2019)
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T:01899 830319 birchall@oldmanse.org.uk
A traditional Manse garden in the attractive Upper Tweed Valley. Colourful herbaceous border within a walled garden. Unusual selection of plants throughout the garden including many varieties of geraniums and rare Meconopsis baileyi ‘Hensol Violet’. There is a rock border and kitchen garden. A wide variety of shrubs have been planted in the last 15 years in the lower garden leading down to the path along burn with shade-loving plants and hostas. A beautiful setting and surrounding walks. 

Directions: On the B712, ten miles south west of Peebles, two miles east of Broughton. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Stobo and Drumelzier Church of Scotland: Drumelzier Church 30% & The John Buchan Story: Peebles 30%