Culzean Castle and Country Park, Ayrshire and Arran
Culzean Castle perches on top of the spectacular cliffs of the Ayrshire coast, looking out to sea on one side and over its historic gardens and grounds on the other, acting simultaneously as a viewing platform and as a splendid backdrop for the extensive gardens. Hear how Culzean’s unique situation and climate allow many usually tender plants to flourish outdoors such as the exotic pineapple guava Acca sellowiana, 2 metres high Canary Island echiums, or the Loquat tree Eriobotrya japonica. Hear about the walled garden, created in a double plan blunt diamond shape to maximise sunlight but also to create working and pleasure gardens in one space. And how the land where the walled garden now sits was once the property of a former slave called Scipio, who was brought to Culzean as a child, but earned his freedom and the right to this high value plot of land.
Monday 7 May, 1pm - 4pm
Admission details can be found on the garden's website.