Inveresk has said goodbye to two very loyal garden openers, but is presenting two new gardens. One is a moderate sized garden attached to a Victorian villa, the other is a small newly developed garden attached to a gatehouse cottage. These are in addition to previously displayed gardens — one a television star, one complementing an eco house where teas will be served with home cooking of high repute, and one surrounding the house of the previous area coal mine manager. The National Trust Scotland property, Inveresk Lodge Garden will provide children’s entertainment. Pond dipping is an ever-popular pursuit at this venue. Musselburgh’s highly-rated allotments will also be open within the circuit trail which passes a very interesting topiary hedge outside a cottage in Double Dykes. The mix of large and small gardens, some of which are wrapped round by high stone walls and others of which are more exposed to the wind and relative dry climate will offer visitors many ideas to think over when they return home. The Romans recognised the quality of the soil in this area when they settled here during the Antonine era between 140 and 165 AD and some of the land may well have been in continuous cultivation since then. The village gardens are open over two days for the first time. Enthusiasts can visit on both days if they retain their village map and a sticky badge. Full catering will only be available on one day — updated information is available on the SGS website.
Directions: Southside of Musselburgh, on the A6124.
Saturday/Sunday, 20/21 June, 2pm - 5pm (2020)
Admission £7.00, children free.
· LMN Scotland 60%.