Stenton (Stane Toon) with its ancient cottages of purple-hued sandstone and pantiled roofs has been awarded Outstanding Conservation
status. There is a thriving Horticultural Society and the gardens, large and small, are of extraordinary variety and interest. A couple of examples include:
Ruchlaw Walled Garden
(NEW) is an impressive 17th-century laird’s house built by Archibald Sydserff. Of interest is the handsome walled garden situated to the south of the property. It has a south-facing aspect and a combination of well-maintained rubble walls and a thick holly hedge creating a monastic ambience. The most eye-catching element is the path that runs north to south through the centre of the garden. This forms an avenue that passes between venerable and substantial pleached fruit trees. The visitors’ eye is drawn on past parallel herbaceous borders which the current owner has restored and enhanced. The garden is in its prime between May and June when the tulips, alliums and catmint form a riot of colour and are arranged to a great effect. Within the garden are two sundials; one of particular historic note with its octagonal shaft.
(NEW) has a small walled garden divided into separate areas by low stone dykes. The garden has been planted intensively to provide interest and colour throughout the year. There are several large shrubs giving structure and lots of spring bulbs and hellebores, followed by rhododendrons and azaleas before roses and perennials take over. In the autumn, several shades of hesperantha, Michaelmas daisies and fuchsias keep the interest going.
Follow signs from the A199/A1. There is a local bus that runs twice daily from Dunbar, information on www.eveinfo.co.uk.
Sunday 7 June, 2pm - 5:30pm (2020)
Admission £6.00, children free.
· St Columbas Hospice 60%.
Map to the gardens will be supplied at the village hall in Stenton. The village is also renowned for its generous teas on open days.