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Hospitalfield Gardens

Hospitalfield Gardens

Hospitalfield House, Westway, Arbroath DD11 2NH
Hospitalfield Trust
Saturday 25 September, 11am - 4pm (2021)
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info@hospitalfield.org.uk
Visit the gardens at Hospitalfield in Arbroath to be among the first to experience the new garden designed by Nigel Dunnett. The artist Patrick Allan-Fraser (1813-1890) remodelled a 13th-century hospital to create his 19th-century home in the Arts and Crafts style. The walled gardens have been cultivated since the early medieval period, from the medicinal garden and the orchard, to the Victorian passion for collecting ferns. This beautiful space, set against the red sandstone neo-Gothic architecture, has been comprehensively developed to a design by celebrated designer Nigel Dunnett, to tell the 800-year horticultural story of this extraordinary site. Enjoy the café and discover the fascinating restored Fernery at Hospitalfield.

Directions: See website for directions and more details about Hospitalfield and its international cultural programme rooted in contemporary visual arts.

Admission: £6.00, children free
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Old Farm Cottage

Old Farm Cottage

The Ladywell, Nemphlar, Lanark ML11 9GX
Ian and Anne Sinclair
Sunday 26 September, 11am - 4pm Parking by the house is limited. Please park by the village hall which is a walking distance. (2021)
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T:01555 663345 M: 07833 204180 anniesinclair58@gmail.com
This delightful one-acre garden, which featured in Scotland on Sunday in 2019, has something of interest all year round. Open for two weekends in the spring, it has an extensive collection of daffodils, narcissi and other early flowering plants. The wildlife garden offers mown paths through grassed areas, there is a putting green, summerhouse, apiary and pond. Interesting shrubs and small trees, attractive for their flowers, are complemented by herbaceous plantings. Recently, attention has been paid to reducing windbreaks, redesigning borders and developing small alpine beds. The garden is also offered as a backdrop for small groups to take photographs for family birthdays or celebrations. Please contact the owners to arrange in advance.

Directions: Leave the A73 at Cartland Bridge (Lanark to Carluke Road) or the A72 (Clyde Valley Road) at Crossford. Both routes are well signposted. The garden is on the Nemphlar spur of the Clyde Walkway, just off the West Nemphlar Road on Ladywell Lane.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Guide Dogs 60%
Greenhead Farmhouse

Greenhead Farmhouse

Greenhead of Arnot, Leslie KY6 3JQ
Mr and Mrs Malcolm Strang Steel
Sunday 26 September, 2pm - 5pm (2021)
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T:01592 840459
The south-facing garden combines a sense of formality in its symmetrical layout, with an informal look of mixed herbaceous and shrub borders. The garden is constantly evolving with new themes and combinations of plants, all unified by a fantastic use of colour. There is also a well-stocked polytunnel which is used to augment the highly productive fruit and vegetable garden.

Directions: A911 between Auchmuir Bridge and Scotlandwell.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance 60%
Benmore Botanic Garden

Benmore Botanic Garden

Benmore, Dunoon PA23 8QU
A Regional Garden of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Sunday 3 October, 10am - 6pm (2021)
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T:01369 706261 benmore@rbge.org.uk
Benmore’s magnificent mountainside setting is a joy to behold. Its 120 acres boast a world-famous collection of plants from the Orient and Himalayas to North and South America, as well as an impressive avenue of giant redwoods, one of the finest entrances to any botanic garden. Established in 1863, these majestic giants stand over 150 foot high. Seven miles of trails throughout lead to a restored Victorian Fernery and a dramatic viewpoint at 420 feet looking out to surrounding mountains and Holy Loch. There are also traditional Bhutanese and Chilean pavilions and the magnificent Golden Gates. Keep an eye out for red squirrels and other wildlife as you explore the garden.
National Plant Collection: Abies, South American Temperate Conifers, Picea

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

Admission: details can be found on the garden's website
Charities: All proceeds to SGS Beneficiaries
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SGS Plant Sale at St Andrews Botanic Garden

Canongate, St Andrews, Fife KY16 8RT
Scotlands Gardens Scheme
Sunday 3 October, 10:30am - 2:30pm (2021)
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Previously held at The Hill of Tarvit, this long established plant sale is a fantastic opportunity to purchase bare root and potted plants from an enormous selection on offer. We also welcome donations of plants on the Friday and the Saturday, from 11.00 am. We would prefer large quantities of donated plants to be taken to the back entrance of the Botanics. Directions for that are on SGS Fife Facebook, or from southfliskgarden@gmail.com. In addition to a huge selection of donated local plants for sale, guest stallholders will include Binny Plants, Fife Foliage, Celia the Jam Lady, Rumbling Bridge Nursery and Helensbank Charity Art Cards.
Champion Trees: A number of rare species.

Directions: St Andrews Botanic Garden is located on Canongate and is a 10/15 minute walk from the centre of St Andrews. Follow the signs from the town down Viaduct walk, which is a shared path for bikes and walkers. The 99C bus route goes past the garden and takes 5 minutes from the bus stop in St Andrews. The nearest train station is Leuchars on the 99 bus route. There is a free car park at the garden.

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Friends Of St Andrews Botanic Garden 50%
Portrack, The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

Portrack, The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

Holywood DG2 0RW
John Jencks
EVENT SOLD OUT FOR 2021 (2021)
Forty major areas, gardens, bridges, landforms, sculpture, terraces, fences and architectural works. Covering 30 acres, The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, designed by the late Charles Jencks, uses nature to celebrate nature, both intellectually and through the senses, including the sense of humour.

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

Admission: £10.50, children free
Charities: Maggie's 60%
Dawyck Botanic Garden

Dawyck Botanic Garden

Stobo EH45 9JU
A Regional Garden of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Sunday 10 October, 10am - 5pm (2021)
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T:01721 760254
Dawyck is a regional garden of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh which had its 350th anniversary in 2020. 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
12 Glamis Drive

12 Glamis Drive

Dundee DD2 1QL
John and Frances Dent
Saturday/Sunday, 16/17 October, 4pm - 8pm (2021)
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This established garden with mature trees occupies a half-acre south-facing site overlooking the River Tay and Fife hills. The tennis court lawn has herbaceous borders. The woodland area includes hidden features, garden ornaments and a miniature topiary garden and bower. A small rose garden, a fountain and two oriental-themed water gardens complete the tour.

Directions: Buses 5, 22 or 73 from Dundee city centre. Please note there is no roadside parking on Glamis Drive. Limited disabled parking available at the house.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: UK Committee Dr Graham's Homes, Kalimpong, India 60%
Abbotsford

Abbotsford

Melrose TD6 9BQ
The Abbotsford Trust
1 March - 31 October 10am - 5pm (last entry 4pm) & 1 November - 30 November 10am - 4pm (last entry 3pm) (2021)
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T:01896 752043 enquiries@scottsabbotsford.co.uk
The garden was designed by Sir Walter Scott with advice from artists, architects and friends. It is a rare surviving example of a Regency garden layout and completely different from the English landscape garden style of Capability Brown. Scott’s garden aims to provide a harmonious transition between the luxury and comfort of the interiors of the house with wonders of nature in the wider estate through a series of secluded, richly detailed and sheltered ‘rooms’. In its day it would have showcased the latest plants discovered from around the globe, both in its borders and ‘stove houses’. Regular tours are held exploring Scott’s vision for the garden and the hidden meanings of its design. Check the Abbotsford website for details.

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

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

Burgie Arboretum

Between Forres and Elgin IV36 2QU
Hamish Lochore
1 April - 31 October, 8am - 5pm (2021)
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T:01343 850231 hamish@burgie.org
A rare opportunity to see a sizeable woodland garden/arboretum in its infancy. It has a good collection of rhododendrons, Sorbus, alder, birch and Tilia but also includes many unusual trees from around the world. The arboretum is zoned into geographic areas and species type. It includes a Japanese Garden, bog garden, bog wood, loch and quarry garden. First created in 2005 and is ongoing. Most plants are grown from hand-collected seed and propagated in the Georgian greenhouse.

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

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: World Horse Welfare 30% & Sandpiper Trust 30%
Abriachan Garden Nursery

Abriachan Garden Nursery

Loch Ness Side IV3 8LA
Mr and Mrs Davidson
1 April - 30 November, 9am - 7pm (2021)
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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%
Oldtown of Leys Garden

Oldtown of Leys Garden

Inverness IV2 6AE
David and Anne Sutherland
1 April - 31 October (not Thursdays & Fridays) & 1 November - 31 December, dawn - dusk (2021)
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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: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Highland Liliums

Highland Liliums

10 Loaneckheim, Kiltarlity IV4 7JQ
Neil and Frances Macritchie
1 April - 31 December, 9am - 5pm (2021)
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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
Ardmaddy Castle

Ardmaddy Castle

by Oban PA34 4QY
Mr and Mrs Archie Struthers
1 April - 31 December, 9am - dusk (2021)
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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
Ardkinglas Woodland Garden

Ardkinglas Woodland Garden

Cairndow PA26 8BG
Ardkinglas Estate
1 April - 31 December, dawn - dusk (2021)
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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 free
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Norby

Norby

Burnside, Sandness, SHETLAND ZE2 9PL
Mrs Gundel Grolimund
1 April - 31 December, dawn - dusk (2021)
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T:01595 870246 gundel.g5@btinternet.com
A small but perfectly formed garden and a prime example of what can be achieved in a very exposed situation. Blue painted wooden pallets provide internal wind breaks and form a background for shrubs, climbers and herbaceous plants, while willows provide a perfect wildlife habitat. There are treasured plants such as Chionochloa rubra, pieris, Chinese tree peonies, a selection of old-fashioned shrub roses, lilies, hellebores and grasses from New Zealand. There is also a lovely selection of interesting art and textiles in the house.

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

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Survival International 60%
Barguillean's 'Angus Garden'

Barguillean's 'Angus Garden'

Taynuilt PA35 1HY
The Josephine Marshall Trust
1 April - 31 December, 9am - dusk (2021)
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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: £5.00, children free
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Druimneil House

Druimneil House

Port Appin PA38 4DQ
Mrs J Glaisher (Gardener: Mr Andrew Ritchie)
1 April - 31 October, dawn - dusk (2021)
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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. Owner, Janet Glaisher, is the winner of the Diana Macnab Award 2020. She has opened Druimneil House for Scotland’s Garden Scheme for a remarkable 37 years.

Directions: Turn in for Appin off the A828 (Connel/Fort William Road). After two miles take a sharp left at Airds Hotel and it's the second house on the right.

Admission: by donation
Charities: All proceeds to SGS Beneficiaries
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Dalrymple Community Garden

Barbieston Road, Dalrymple KA6 6DY
Dalrymple Community Landscape Project
1 April - 31 December, dawn - dusk (2021)
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Opened in September 2019, the garden, situated opposite the shops in Barbieston Road, is run by a dedicated team of volunteers; part of the Dalrymple, Skeldon and Hollybush Project. A large central lawn is surrounded by extensive areas of original meadow turf and already we have seen the appearance of wildflowers, with a concomitant increase in insect diversity, and the appearance of butterflies associated with wild grasses. Damselflies and amphibians have begun to visit the two ponds. We have planted several thousand spring bulbs including snake’s head fritillaries and camassias and as the new year progresses we will be adding willows and other native shrubs to provide a richer habitat.

Directions: From the north take the A77 Ayr to Stranraer. At the A713 junction take the left and follow the road past the hospital to the B742 junction, turn right into the village and park behind the shops in the centre of the village. From south off the A77 take the B7034 and turn right. Bus 52 from Ayr.

Admission: by donation
Charities: Dalrymple, Skeldon and Hollybush Project 60%
Attadale

Attadale

Strathcarron IV54 8YX
Mr Ewen Macpherson
1 April - 30 October, 10am - 5:30pm (2021)
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T:01520 722603 info@attadalegardens.com
The Gulf Stream, surrounding hills and rocky cliffs create a microclimate for 20 acres of outstanding water gardens, old rhododendrons, unusual trees and a fern collection in a geodesic dome. There is also a sunken fern garden developed on the site of an early 19th-century drain, a waterfall into a pool with dwarf rhododendrons, sunken garden, peace garden and kitchen garden. Other features include a conservatory, Japanese garden, sculpture collection and giant sundial.

Directions: On the A890 between Strathcarron and South Strome.

Admission: £10.00, children £1.00
Charities: The Howard Doris Centre 60%
Gordon Castle Walled Garden

Gordon Castle Walled Garden

Fochabers, Moray IV32 7PQ
Angus and Zara Gordon Lennox
1 April - 31 October, 10am - 4pm (2021)
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T:01343 612317 info@gordoncastlescotland.com
At almost eight acres in size, Gordon Castle has one of the oldest and largest walled gardens in Britain. Lovingly restored to its former glory with a modern design by award-winning designer Arne Maynard, this beautiful garden is overflowing with vegetables, fruit, herbs, and cut flowers. The onsite cafe has a ‘Plant, Pick, Plate’ ethos using wonderful fresh produce grown in the garden. There is a children's natural play area and shop.

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

Admission: £7.00, children free
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Logie House

Logie House

Dunphail, Forres IV36 2QN
Alasdair and Panny Laing
1 April - 31 December, 10am - 5pm (2021)
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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 the A940. Follow signs to Logie Steading

Admission: £2.00, children free
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Dunvegan Castle and Gardens

Dunvegan Castle and Gardens

Isle of Skye IV55 8WF
Hugh Macleod of Macleod
1 April - 15 October, 10am - 5:30pm (2021)
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T:01470 521206 info@dunvegancastle.com
Five acres of formal gardens dating from the 18th century. In contrast to the barren moorland of Skye, the gardens are an oasis featuring an eclectic mix of plants, woodland glades, shimmering pools fed by waterfalls and streams flowing down to the sea. After the water garden with its ornate bridges and islands replete with a rich and colourful plant variety, wander through the elegant surroundings of the formal round garden. The walled garden is worth a visit to see its colourful herbaceous borders and recently added Victorian-style glasshouse. In what was formerly the castle’s vegetable garden, there is a garden museum and a diverse range of plants and flowers which complement the features including a waterlily pond, a neoclassical urn and a larch pergola. Replanting and landscaping have taken place over the last 30 years to restore and develop the gardens.

Directions: One mile from Dunvegan village, 23 miles west of Portree. Follow the signs for Dunvegan Castle.

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

Kinlochlaich Walled Garden

Appin PA38 4BD
Miss F M M Hutchison
1 April - 31 October, 10am - 4pm (2021)
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T:07881 525754 fiona@kinlochlaich.plus.com
Octagonal walled garden incorporating a large Nursery Garden Centre with a huge variety of plants growing and for sale. Bluebell woodland walk and spring garden. Many rhododendrons, azaleas, trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants, including many unusual ones 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, and another quarter is vegetable growing.

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%
Ardtornish

Ardtornish

by Lochaline, Morvern PA80 5UZ
Mrs John Raven
1 April - 31 December, 10am - 6pm (2021)
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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: £5.00, children free
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Glenwhan Gardens

Glenwhan Gardens

Dunragit, by Stranraer DG9 8PH
Tess Knott
1 April - 31 December, 10am - 5pm (2021)
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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-seven 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: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Braco Castle

Braco Castle

Braco FK15 9LA
Mr and Mrs M van Ballegooijen
1 April - 31 October, 10am - 5pm (2021)
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T:01786 880437
A 19th-century landscaped garden with a plethora of wonderful and interesting trees, shrubs, bulbs and plants. An old garden for all seasons that has been extensively expanded over the last 33 years. The partly walled garden is approached on a rhododendron and tree-lined path featuring an ornamental pond. Spectacular spring bulbs, exuberant shrub and herbaceous borders and many ornamental trees are all enhanced by the spectacular views across the park to the Ochils. From snowdrops through to vibrant autumn colour this garden is a gem. Look out for the embothrium in June, hoheria in August, eucryphia in September and an interesting collection of rhododendrons and azaleas with long flowering season.

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

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: The Woodland Trust Scotland 60%
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Bolfracks

Aberfeldy PH15 2EX
Under new ownership from 2021
1 April - 31 October, 10am - 6pm (2021)
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T:01887 820344 info@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: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Pitmuies Gardens

Pitmuies Gardens

House of Pitmuies, Guthrie, by Forfar DD8 2SN
Jeanette and Ruaraidh Ogilvie
1 April - 30 September, 10am - 5pm (2021)
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T:01241 828245 ogilvie@pitmuies.com
Two renowned semi-formal walled gardens adjoin an 18th-century house and steading, sheltering long borders of herbaceous perennials, superb old-fashioned delphiniums and roses, together with pavings rich with violas and dianthus. An extensive and diverse collection of plants, interesting kitchen garden, spacious lawns, and river, lochside and woodland walks beneath fine trees. A wide variety of shrubs with good autumn colour and a picturesque turreted doocot and a ‘Gothick’ wash house. Myriad spring bulbs include carpets of crocus following massed snowdrops and daffodils.

Directions: From Forfar take A932 east for seven miles and gardens are signposted on the right. From Brechin take A933 south to Friockheim and turn right onto A932; then gardens are signposted on the left after one-and-a-half miles.

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

An Cala

Ellenabeich, Isle of Seil PA34 4RF
Mrs Sheila Downie
1 April - 31 October, 10am - 6pm (2021)
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A wonderful example of a 1930s designed garden, An Cala sits snugly in its horseshoe shelter of surrounding cliffs. A spectacular and very pretty garden with streams, waterfall, ponds, many herbaceous plants as well as azaleas, rhododendrons and cherry trees in spring. Archive material of Thomas Mawson’s design was found recently and is available to visitors.

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

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Cancer Research UK 60%