Outstanding Oaks, Magnificent Mistletoe and a Warm Welcome!

A by arrangement visit to Burnside, Ayrshire & Arran, by SGS Communications Manager, Jessica Taylor

Burnside is a beautiful 6 ½ acre garden, nestled in the Ayrshire countryside. I had the joy of visiting the garden by arrangement and spending an afternoon learning about the evolution of the garden from the knowledgeable garden owners, surrounded by the tranquil atmosphere.

A scenic drive up the track to the garden, offered a wonderful preview of what was in store for our visit. We were greeted on arrival by Sue and George who gave us a wonderful tour through their gorgeous alpine planting, housed in a special array of troughs and glasshouses.

I also discovered my new favourite bloom - Physoplexis comosa. 

We learned more about the history of the garden from George in his wonderful woodworking shed, after visiting Sue’s fantastic potting shed filled with gardening treasures.

On arrival to Burnside

A beautiful glasshouse

Alpines labelled with care

My new favourite - Physoplexis comosa

We could have spent all day sitting by the sanctuary which is their pond. It was great to learn of the planning and implementation of the water feature and the methods involved in getting the water flow just right.

Over tea and cake, we discussed the unusual garden visitors that have graced the garden including a well-travelled peacock and even some llamas! I very much enjoyed bird-watching, particularly seeing siskins, which was very nostalgic for me. It was great to view some photographs and commissioned paintings of Burnside too.

We continued our tour throughout the woodland garden followed by a guided walk around all of the wonderful trees on-site. I particularly enjoyed learning about the first mistletoe colony produced in the garden and the new beginnings of another.

Tranquil pond 

Learning of the history of Burnside

Mistletoe colony

Mistletoe sprout

With very many thanks to Sue and George for such an inspiring and insightful visit. We can’t wait to come back to visit the Daffodils in spring! 

Burnside is open to visit by arrangement until 30 September. Book your own visit here

You can also view a video of the garden here

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