International Day of Forests 2018
The United Nations General Assembly proclaims the 21 March the International Day of Forests.
The day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests.
The theme for the 2018 International Day of Forests, chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, is Forests and Sustainable Cities.
We can get involved with the International Day of Forests at Scotland's Gardens Scheme by visiting some of the many woodland gardens that open with us for charity.
Inveryne Woodland Garden, Argyll
In ten acres of a 100 year old amenity wood at Inveryne Farm, on a sloping site, somewhat sheltered from the loch, the garden was begun in 1994. Scrub birches were gradually cleared, bridges installed and amongst rocky outcrops were planted rhododendrons, azaleas, dogwoods, Japanese maples, sorbuses, eucryphias, hydrangeas and more. Gunnera, skunk cabbage, primulas and rodgersias cling to the banks of the burn and ferns provide the backdrop for our growing shrubs. Storms have varied its character and created features, and it is still a work in progress. Spring and Autumn colour and an interest in varied vistas and textures of bark and leaf inspire us.
Open: Saturday/Sunday, 12/13 May, 1pm - 5pm
Gargunnock House Garden, Stirlingshire
Large mature garden five miles from Stirling, with a walled garden, well established house garden, woodland walks with species and hybrid rhododendrons, massed plantings of azaleas and wonderful specimen trees.
Snowdrops in February/March, over 40 varieties of daffodils in bloom in April and the glorious display of azaleas and rhododendrons in May.
In Autumn, stunning colours from the many wonderful trees along the drive to the house.
The three acre walled garden contains perennial borders, cut flower beds, greenhouses, fruit orchard and newly planted arboretum of specimen trees.
Open: 14 March - 28 September (not Saturdays & Sundays), 11am - 3:30pm
Dawyck Botanical Garden, Peeblesshire
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 45 metres 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
Open: Sunday 7 October, 10am - 5pm