A selection of three lovely and quite different gardens around Langholm, forming a day's trail for the garden aficionado.
The Walled Garden at Arkleton (NEW)
Arkleton, Ewes, Langholm DG13 0HL (Kate Knott): The restoration of the Walled Garden at Arkleton has been a labour of love and is an on-going project. Kate and her family flung open the gates to the public at the very beginning of the journey so that people could share in the progress. Highlights include the recently restored Mackenzie and Moncur Glasshouse, the rose garden and the peace and quiet one can find within the garden walls with glimpses of the rolling Ewes Valley hills in the distance.
Tinnisburn Plants (NEW)
Tinnisburn Plants, Upper Millsteads, Canonbie, Dumfriesshire DG14 0RY (Helen Knowles): Developed over the last 36 years, this one acre plantsman's garden is home to an eclectic mix of truly hardy perennials, trees and shrubs. Planted for year-round colour and interest and to provide habitats for wildlife, there is something new to see each month. There is a woodland garden, rockery, bog garden, herbaceous borders and much more. Meconopsis grow well here and more are being planted out every year. In addition to the garden, there is a small orchard, wildlife ponds and mown paths through the wildflower meadows and, if you're lucky, you may spot red squirrels.
Bentpath, Langholm DG13 0NQ (Mary Buckley): An extensive collection of azaleas, rhododendrons, rare shrubs and mature trees set in a landscape of follies, sculpture and stunning vistas. The Walled Garden has been redesigned and contains a glasshouse with some exotic plants collected from around the world.
The Walled Garden at Arkleton: is 5 miles North of Langholm just off the A7. Opposite the Ewes Community Hall follow the track over the bridge and along to the Walled Garden where there is parking available behind the cottage. The X95 bus stops at the Ewes Hall.
Tinnisburn Plants: take the B6357 north from Canonbie. At Harelaw turn left onto the B6318 and after one mile turn right onto our track. It is 1.5 miles long and is untarmacked but suitable for all vehicles. Just drive slowly and carefully.
Westerhall: from Langholm take the B709 towards Eskdalemuir. After approximately five miles, in the village of Bentpath, turn right by white house. Go down through the village, over a bridge and turn right by the church. Continue on this road for approximately one mile. Parking at farm which will be signed.
Entrance may be paid at any of the 3 gardens or £5 per individual garden. Refreshments are available at both Arkleton and Tinnisburn Plants