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Willowhill

Willowhill

Forgan, Newport-on-Tay DD6 8RA
Eric Wright and Sally Lorimore
Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays 17 July - 29 August, 2pm - 5pm (2020)
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T:01382 542890 e.g.wright@dundee.ac.uk
An evolving three-acre garden. The house is surrounded by a series of mixed borders designed with different vibrant colour combinations for effect all season. Spectacular mix of roses, herbaceous perennials and annuals planted through the wide borders are a highlight in mid to late summer. A new ‘no dig’ 160-foot border in shades of white, blue, purple and pale yellow has been created in 2019/2020. Come and see!

Directions: One-and-a-half miles south of Tay Road Bridge. Take the B995 to Newport off the Forgan roundabout. Willowhill is the first house on the left-hand side next to the Forgan Arts Centre.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Rio Community Centre 20%, Rhet Fife Countryside Initiative Limited 20% & Forgan Arts Centre SCIO 20%
2 Durnamuck

2 Durnamuck

Little Loch Broom, Wester Ross IV23 2QZ
Will Soos and Susan Pomeroy
Saturday 18 July, 12pm - 5pm (2020)
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T:01854 633761 sueandwill@icloud.com
Our garden is south-east facing on the edge of Little Loch Broom. It is a coastal plantsman’s garden with a rich mix of herbaceous borders, trees and shrubs, vegetables, drystone wall planting, South African plants, Mediterranean plants, a wild meadow and stunning views. Many of the plants have been collected from all over the world, and growing them in Durnamuck has provided obvious challenges but with an overall pleasing outcome. Featured on Gardeners’ World (2016), Garden Magazine, The Scottish Field and Country Life in 2018. 2019 saw entries in Gardens Illustrated, Homes & Gardens, and The Beechgrove Garden.

Directions: On the A832, between Dundonnell and Ullapool, take the turning along the single-track road signed Badcaul, continue to the yellow salt bin, turn right, go to the bottom of the hill and 2 Durnamuck is the house with the red roof. There is parking down by the house if needed.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Scottish Association For Marine Science 60%
Whitewin House

Whitewin House

Golf Course Road, Girvan KA26 9HW
Linda Finnie and Graeme Finnie
Saturday/Sunday, 18/19 July, Saturday/Sunday, 25/26 July, Saturday/Sunday, 1/2 August & Saturday/Sunday, 8/9 August, 1pm - 5pm (2020)
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T:01465 712358 M: 07855 269247 lafinnie@hotmail.com
Whitewin House has an interesting history. It was the first house to be built on Golf Course Road by the Tate & Lyle sugar-refining family in the late 1800s. It has a prime location with stunning views over the Firth of Clyde and to Ailsa Craig and the Kintyre Peninsula. Set in an acre of ground there are four separate gardens: the Ailsa Craig Garden at the front; the Gable Garden; the Central Rear Garden and the Rear Golf Course Garden. The layout is formal with lawns, borders, shrubs, rockeries and statuary complementing the Victorian architecture of Whitewin. Changes for 2020 include a Gable Garden water feature.

Directions: Approaching Girvan from the north on A77 the turning to Golf Course Road is on right hand side of the road before the town centre (follow signs for the Golf Course). From the south on the A77 come through Girvan, turn left at the lights, then first left and follow signs for the Golf Course. Entrance to the property will be signposted. 

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: All proceeds to SGS Beneficiaries
Marlfield

Marlfield

Coldstream TD12 4JT
Christine and Forbes McLennan
Sunday 19 July, 1pm - 5pm (2020)
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T:01890 840700 forbes.mclennan@gmail.com
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 hear little birds singing and our bees buzzing. 

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 60%
Glen House

Glen House

Glen Estate, Innerleithen EH44 6PX
The Tennant family
Sunday 19 July, 1pm - 4pm (2020)
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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 a pool garden with pergola, all arranged within the curve of slopes sheltering the house. 

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

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: All proceeds to SGS Beneficiaries
5 Woodlands Gardens

5 Woodlands Gardens

Cults, Aberdeen AB15 9DU
Keith Thornton
Sunday 19 July, 2pm - 5pm (2020)
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A two thirds of an acre plot planted out in 2008 and specialising in more unusual trees and shrubs. The collection of Magnolia trees has reached flowering size, and includes sprengeri 'Diva', sargentiana, 'Star Wars' and Michelia doltsopa. The Rhododendron borders include early flowers, scented species and scented azaleas. Old roses feature with a collection of scented heritage French varieties, including centifolia de peinte, 'cabbage' roses and Pemberton musk roses. There is a small orchard of apple, pear and plum trees, and a large outdoor peach in the courtyard garden. Soft fruit and vegetable plots are laid out.

Directions: From the A90, take Milltimber junction A93 to Cults. At lights turn left up Kirk Brae, then right to Friarsfield Road. At top of hill, turn right into Woodlands housing estate, first left then first left again into Woodlands Gardens. From the A92 take the A93 to Braemar, after 200m turn right to Craigton Road, follow this for one mile, then Woodlands estate is on the left. The nearest bus stop Baird's Brae on routes 19 or 201, then about 18 minutes' walk.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Scottish SPCA: Drumoak 30% & The New Arc 30%
Westwater Farm

Westwater Farm

Langholm DG13 0LU
Mr and Mrs Charlie Clapperton
Sunday 19 July, 2pm - 5pm (2020)
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T:01387 381004 charlieclapperton@hotmail.com
In a wonderful, remote and romantic setting, the interesting walled garden adjacent to the house has both herbaceous plants and shrubs. There is also a woodland garden with a variety of bamboos and interesting trees. Dotted around the house and steadings are some fabulous pots. 

Directions: Thirteen miles from Lockerbie on the B7068 Lockerbie to Langholm road (five miles from Langholm). Entrance is signposted Westwater on the left coming from Lockerbie. Keep to left fork for the house. 

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: All proceeds to SGS Beneficiaries
The Tors

The Tors

2 Slamannan Road, Falkirk FK1 5LG
Dr and Mrs D M Ramsay
Sunday 26 July, 2pm - 5:30pm (2020)
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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. 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%
Cally Gardens

Cally Gardens

Cally Avenue, Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2DJ
Kevin Hughes
Sunday 2 August, 10am - 5pm (2020)
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T:01557 815228 info@callygardens.co.uk
Cally Gardens and Specialist Plant Centre is a treasure trove of exotic and rare hardy plants gathered from around the globe. The towering 18th-century walls of what was once the kitchen garden and pleasure garden of Cally House now provide shelter to thousands of rare and exotic plants. The informal garden, which was created by the famous plant collector Michael Wickenden, is now in the care of the plantsman Kevin Hughes. Kevin took ownership of Cally in 2018 and has since brought his own large collection of magnolias, daphnes and trilliums and has also added more collections including galanthus, paeonies and nerines. As an ecologist and environmentalist, Kevin has decided to make Cally a haven for birds, insects and all things wild.

Directions: From Dumfries take the Gatehouse of Fleet turning off the A75, follow the B727 and turn left through the Cally Palace Hotel gateway from where the gardens are well signposted. A regular bus service will stop at the end of Cally Drive if requested.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: WWF-UK 60%
Lindores House

Lindores House

by Newburgh KY14 6JD
Mr and Mrs R Turcan
Sunday 2 August & Sunday 16 August, 1pm - 5pm (2020)
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T:01337 840369
Lindores House overlooks the loch. Woodland walk beside the loch and stunning views from the garden. Herbaceous borders, wonderful snowdrops, leucojums, trilliums, primulae, rhododendrons and species trees including Nothofagus and Davidia involucrata, the handkerchief tree. Don't miss the 17th-century yew, believed to be the largest in Fife, which you can walk inside!

Directions: Off A913 two miles east of Newburgh. Bus from Cupar.

Admission: Free
Charities: To be confirmed
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Shawhead

7 Vendace Drive, Lochmaben DG11 1QN
Mr and Mrs Ian Rankine
Sunday 9 August, 1pm - 5pm (2020)
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T:01387 811273 srankine298@btinternet.com
A young garden situated on the edge of Lochmaben with delightful views overlooking Mill Loch. It has many immaculately maintained and well-furnished borders bursting with colour and a great variety of plants. There are well over 200 RHS Award of Garden Merit cultivars and a collection of 150 Phlox paniculata cultivars.

Directions: From Dumfries, turn left opposite The Crown Hotel, turn left at give way and then sharp left. From Lockerbie, take the right fork beside the Town Hall and after half a mile, take left turn.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Castle Loch Lochmaben Community Trust 60%
South Flisk

South Flisk

Blebo Craigs, Cupar KY15 5UQ
Mr and Mrs George Young
Sunday 9 August, 1pm - 5pm (2020)
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T:01334 850859 julia@standrewspottery.co.uk
The spectacular views over Fife to Perthshire and Angus and the large flooded quarry full of fish and planted with impressive marginals make the garden at South Flisk very special in the area. Flights of old stone steps, cliffs, huge boulders, exotic ferns and mature trees form a backdrop for carpets of primroses, bluebells, spring bulbs and woodland plants like trilliums, camassia and colourful primulas. There are different rhododendrons in flower in the garden from March until July. In front of the house is a charming, mature walled garden with traditional cottage-garden planting and next to the house is the St Andrews Pottery where George will be demonstrating his pottery skills for those who need a break from the garden!

Directions: Six miles west of St Andrews off the B939 between Strathkinness and Pitscottie. There is a small stone bus shelter opposite the road into the village and a small sign saying Blebo Craigs. Or check out the map on our website. Bus to Blebo Craigs.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: All proceeds to SGS Beneficiaries
The Pines

The Pines

43, St Ronan's Terrace, Innerleithen EH44 6RB
Fiona and Bill Jack
Sunday 9 August, 2pm - 5pm (2020)
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T:07969 081965 fgbwjack@gmail.com
Camellias, rhododendrons and hydrangeas thrive in this terraced one-and-a-half-acre garden, perched on the hillside overlooking the town of Innerleithen in the Tweed Valley. Set over four levels, the gardens were created in 1905 around the Arts and Crafts house. Formal lawns, rose garden and herbaceous borders fill the lower terraces. The owners have concentrated on bee friendly flowers to encourage insects as they have a fenced in area for their apiary. On the upper level, a large walled garden with restored glasshouse, original espalier apple trees leading through to wildflower meadows and hillside woodland.

Directions: Bus X62. From Peebles turn left off the A72 on Hall Street which bears right into St Ronan's Terrace. The garden has green gates and is uphill on the left. Free car park at bottom of hill.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Bees for Development 30% & Innerleithen Pipe Band 30%
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Garth House

Bankend Road, Bridge of Weir PA11 3EU
Ann Campbell
Sunday 9 August, 2pm - 5pm (2020)
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The south facing rear garden is packed with hostas, rhododendrons, alstroemerias, hellebores, brunneras and a wide range of shrubs and climbers, planted to create sheltered, enclosed seating areas. The front garden includes a densely planted 30 yard long herbaceous border (20 years in the making) and offers a panoramic view of the Kilpatrick Hills. There is a small woodland area with six white stemmed Jacquemontii silver birches, a pond (with frogs and lilies) and a small stream. A traditional Victorian greenhouse surrounded by a cutting garden for annuals and peonies. Herbs and soft fruit are also nurtured. Box, yew and hebe balls throughout the garden, mainly grown from cuttings. Children are welcome to climb into the treehouse, swing on the swing or strap into a harness and attempt the climbing wall (under supervision). Final challenge, find the 1940s air raid shelter and seven much loved compost heaps!

Directions: Take the A761 into Bridge of Weir, at the junction take the turning onto Kilbarchan Road.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Humanist Society Scotland: Street Care Project 60%
The Walled Garden, Shieldhill

The Walled Garden, Shieldhill

Quothquan, Biggar ML12 6NA
Mr and Mrs Gordon
Sunday 9 August, 2pm - 5pm (2020)
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T:01899 221961 nicolagord@gmail.com
This 200-year-old walled garden was completely redesigned and planted in 2014/15 with contemporary features within a classic design. The garden incorporates a modern rill and banks of colour with perennial flowers in a variety of borders. The resident bees enjoy the large area of traditional meadow flowers as well as the rose garden planted with lavenders, salvias and stocks. Outside the wall you will find mature woodland including a giant sequoia and a wildlife pond. If you are interested in fruit and vegetables, take a look at the raised beds and the peach tree and vine in the greenhouse. 

Directions: Turn off the B7016 between Biggar and Carnwath towards Quothquan. After about a mile, look for signs and turn right at the lodge. 

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Médecins Sans Frontières 60%
Dowhill

Dowhill

Cleish KY4 0HZ
Mrs Colin Maitland Dougall
Sunday 9 August & Sunday 16 August, 2pm - 4:30pm (2020)
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T:01577 850207 pippamd@icloud.com
This will be the last time that the garden opens so please come along and see its magnificent trees, woodland walks, ponds, poppies and swathes of primulas. For more information on the garden read Scotland for Gardeners by Kenneth Cox.

Directions: Three-quarters of a mile from M90, exit 5. Follow B9097 towards Crook of Devon, the entrance is between the trees on left.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: MND Scotland 60%
Dalswinton Mill

Dalswinton Mill

Dalswinton, Dumfries DG2 0XY
Colin and Pamela Crosbie
Friday 14 August, Friday 21 August & Friday 28 August, 2pm - 5pm (2020)
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T:01387 740070 colincrosbiehort@btinternet.com
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 have been planted during the last few years. A variety of statuary can be found throughout the garden which sits in a hollow and can be only accessed by steps and there are slopes throughout the garden. Unfortunately, this makes the garden unsuitable for anyone with mobility requirements.

Directions: Garden lies in Dalswinton, halfway between the A76 and the 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. We are unable to offer disabled parking.

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

Cloan

by Auchterarder PH3 1PP
Neil Mitchison
Sunday 16 August, 11am - 5pm (2020)
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T:01764 664907 niall@fastmail.co.uk
Two acres of wild garden, with a wide variety of rhododendrons and azaleas, and an impressive collection of trees, including metasequoia, cryptomeria, Acer cappadocicum, Sequoia sempervirens, Quercus robur ‘Filicifolia’, liriodendron, several Japanese maples, magnificent beech and Scots pines trees, and extensive yew topiary; also an acre of walled garden with embothriums, Acer griseum, liquid amber, several sorbus varieties, parrotia and a large herbaceous border. Fine views of Strathearn from the front of the house. 

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

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Tiphereth Limited: Camphill Scotland 60%
Underwood House

Underwood House

Craigie, Ayrshire KA1 5NG
Baroness Ford of Cunninghame, OBE
Friday/Saturday/Sunday, 21/22/23 August, 10am - 4pm. Please email margaretford@hotmail.co.uk to arrange a time slot to visit the garden. (2020)
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T:01563 830719 margaretford@hotmail.co.uk
The garden was laid out in 1780 in the landscape style, fashionable at the time. The original features of the garden remain unchanged, with sweeping lawns, large specimen trees, with a natural pond and burn which runs through the whole garden. The woodland is being restored and replanted with specimen rhododendrons and hydrangeas and woodland carpeters. A formal pleasure garden is being created in sympathetic style. Underwood House provides activity, training and employment for young people with neurological conditions. in 2019 a beautiful sensory area was created by partner schools working with young volunteers from the Prince's Trust.

Directions: South bound on A77 pass Hansel Village, take next left signposted Underwood/Ladykirk. At stone bridge take left, continue to Underwood Lodge. Pass the Lodge, go for 150 yards. Take left to Underwood House. From Ayr on A77 take exit to Symington, take first right, signposted Underwood/Ladykirk. Cross over A77 on to south carriageway.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Underwood House SCIO 60%
2 Durnamuck

2 Durnamuck

Little Loch Broom, Wester Ross IV23 2QZ
Will Soos and Susan Pomeroy
Sunday 23 August, 12pm - 5pm (2020)
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T:01854 633761 sueandwill@icloud.com
Our garden is south-east facing on the edge of Little Loch Broom. It is a coastal plantsman’s garden with a rich mix of herbaceous borders, trees and shrubs, vegetables, drystone wall planting, South African plants, Mediterranean plants, a wild meadow and stunning views. Many of the plants have been collected from all over the world, and growing them in Durnamuck has provided obvious challenges but with an overall pleasing outcome. Featured on Gardeners’ World (2016), Garden Magazine, The Scottish Field and Country Life in 2018. 2019 saw entries in Gardens Illustrated, Homes & Gardens, and The Beechgrove Garden.

Directions: On the A832, between Dundonnell and Ullapool, take the turning along the single-track road signed Badcaul, continue to the yellow salt bin, turn right, go to the bottom of the hill and 2 Durnamuck is the house with the red roof. There is parking down by the house if needed.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Scottish Association For Marine Science 60%
Wraes

Wraes

Corseliehill Road, nr Houston PA6 7HU
Tim and Jo Mack
Sunday 23 August, 2pm - 5pm (2020)
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Tranquil seven-acre garden developed since 2012, with far reaching rural views. Only surviving historic 1860 wood planted by Lady Anne Spiers of Houston House for the Wraes, currently undergoing renovation with extensive new tree planting. Formal garden with raised herbaceous borders, woodland walk with 100 different rhododendron species and hybrids. Pond, burnside and cliffside walks, peaceful woodland walk with plentiful seating areas to relax and enjoy the views and tranquility. A great space for children to run and explore (under supervision). NEW FOR 2020 - apple and pear orchard, wildflower meadow and grass maze.

Directions: From Houston follow Barochan Road towards Langbank B789 for about a mile, turn left down Corseliehill Road. From Kilmacolm leave the village on Houston Road, past the golf course, turn left down Corseliehill Road for about a mile. Follow the yellow SGS signs. 

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Breast Cancer Care 60%
Laidlawstiel House

Laidlawstiel House

Clovenfords, Galashiels TD1 1TJ
Mr and Mrs P Litherland
Wednesday/Thursday, 2/3 September, 1pm - 5pm (2020)
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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%
Dawyck Botanic Garden

Dawyck Botanic Garden

Stobo EH45 9JU
A Regional Garden of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Sunday 11 October, 10am - 5pm (2020)
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T:01721 760254
Dawyck is a regional garden of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh which celebrates its 350th anniversary in 2020. For more information, visit www.rbge.org.uk/350
Stunning collection of rare trees and shrubs. With over 300 years of tree planting, Dawyck is a world-famous arboretum with mature specimens of Chinese conifers, Japanese maples, Brewer’s spruce, the unique Dawyck beech and sequoiadendrons from North America which are over 150 feet tall. Bold herbaceous plantings run along the burn. Range of trails and walks. Fabulous autumn colours.
National Plant Collection: Larix spp. and Tsuga spp
Champion Trees: Numerous

Directions: Eight miles south west of Peebles on the B712. 

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

Barguillean's 'Angus Garden'

Taynuilt PA35 1HY
The Josephine Marshall Trust
Open daily, 9am - dusk (2020)
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T:01866 822333 info@barguillean.co.uk
Nine-acre woodland garden around an 11-acre loch set in the Glen Lonan Hills. Spring-flowering shrubs and bulbs, extensive collection of rhododendron hybrids, deciduous azaleas, conifers and unusual trees. The garden contains a large collection of North American rhododendron hybrids from famous contemporary plant breeders. Some paths can be steep. Three marked walks from 30 minutes to one-and-a-half hours.

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

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Oldtown of Leys Garden

Oldtown of Leys Garden

Inverness IV2 6AE
David and Anne Sutherland
Open daily, dawn - dusk (not open Thursdays and Fridays from 15 July - 31 October) (2020)
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T:01463 238238 ams@oldtownofleys.com
Large garden established in 2003 on the outskirts of Inverness and overlooking the town. Herbaceous beds with lovely rhododendron and azalea displays in spring. There are specimen trees, three ponds surrounded by waterside planting and a small woodland area. A new rockery area was created in 2015 and is still developing.

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

Admission: by donation
Charities: Local Charities 60%
Ardkinglas Woodland Garden

Ardkinglas Woodland Garden

Cairndow PA26 8BG
Ardkinglas Estate
Open daily, dawn - dusk (2020)
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T:01499 600261
In a peaceful setting overlooking Loch Fyne, the garden contains one of the finest collections of rhododendrons and conifers in Britain. This includes the mightiest conifer in Europe — a silver fir, as well as many other Champion Trees. There is a gazebo with a unique scriptorium based around a collection of literary quotes. The garden has a Fairy Trail and a Gruffalo Trail; come and find him! It is a VisitScotland 3-star garden.
Champion Trees: The mightiest conifer in Europe and others

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

Admission: £5.00, children £2.00
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Ardmaddy Castle

Ardmaddy Castle

by Oban PA34 4QY
Mr and Mrs Archie Struthers
Open daily, 9am - dusk (2020)
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T:01852 300353 minette@ardmaddy.com
The gardens lie in a most spectacular setting in the centre of a horseshoe valley sheltered by mixed mature woodlands and the elevated castle standing on a volcanic mound to seaward. 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 Crevice Garden, fruit and vegetables grown with labour saving formality, all within dwarf box hedging. Beyond, a woodland walk, with its 60-foot Hydrangea petiolaris, leads to the Water Garden which in spring has a mantle of bluebells and daffodils and in early summer a riot of Primula candelabra, irises, rodgersias and other damp-loving plants and grasses. There is also lovely autumn colour. This is a plantsman’s garden for all seasons.

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

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

Logie House

Dunphail, Forres IV36 2QN
Alasdair and Panny Laing
Open daily, 10am - 5pm (2020)
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panny@logie.co.uk
Originally a formal garden with a large area of vegetable production, Logie House garden has been developed since 1991 with emphasis on trees, shrubs and hardy perennials, giving all-year-round interest. The meandering burn and dry stone walls support the creation of a wide variety of planting habitats from dry sunny banks to damp shady areas. Many of the unusual plants are propagated for sale in the Garden Shop at Logie Steading. Also features woodland and river walks. 

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

Admission: £2.00, children free
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Achnacloich

Achnacloich

Connel, Oban PA37 1PR
Mr T E Nelson
Open daily (Saturdays only), 10am - 4pm (2020)
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T:01631 710223 charlie_milne@msn.com
The 20-acre woodland garden, overlooking Loch Etive, has been planted over the last century with a wide range of trees and shrubs from Asia, China, Japan, North America, Chile and New Zealand. Many have grown to considerable size. The light woodland canopy consists of native oaks and a number of magnificent 150-year-old Scots pines and European larch. Amongst these are open glades, carpeted with bluebells and numerous other bulbs. Two ponds and streams are planted with primulas, iris species, lysichitum, and astilbes. The woodland contains innumerable species of rhododendron and azalea, of which the triflorums and yunnanense are outstanding. Amongst these are species of acer, betula, camellia, cercidiphyllum, cornus, crinodendron, drimys, embothrium, enkianthus, eucryphia, hoheria, magnolia, malus, nothofagus, pieris, sorbus, stewartia, telopea and viburnum. Beside the house is a giant Douglas fir from Douglas' original introduction. One of the first Dawyck beeches stands beside the drive. The autumn colour is very fine.

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

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Macmillan Cancer Support 60%
Ardtornish

Ardtornish

by Lochaline, Morvern PA80 5UZ
Mrs John Raven
Open daily, 10am - 6pm (2020)
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Ardtornish Estate spreads out around Loch Aline, a huge, wooded, U-shaped bay, a natural haven. Wonderful gardens of interesting mature conifers, rhododendrons, deciduous trees, shrubs and herbaceous, set amid magnificent scenery. Much of the garden is covered by native birch, alongside extensive planting of exotic species, under mature groups of larch, firs and pine, whose strong form and colour complement the pink sandstone towers and gables of Ardtornish House.

Directions: Three miles from Lochaline along the A884.

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