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Three Gardens near Dornoch

Dornock IV25 3QG
Fay Wilkinson, John & Fiona Garvie and Alison Bartlett
42 Astle IV25 3NH (Fay Wilkinson)
Organic wildlife garden at the edge of boggy moorland. Mixed planting of trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, fruit & veg, many on raised beds for improved drainage. There is a natural pond.
Auchlea Balnapolaig Muir IV25 3HY (John and Fiona Garvie)
The creation of Auchlea garden from its natural state as a wetland of rushes and whins began in 1998 with the drainage and sowing of a lawn on introduced topsoil. The planting of trees, mostly around its periphery was also begun then. Extensive, herbaceous borders with a wide variety of colour and species has been gradually developed. There is also a sheltered veg. garden, made more productive using raised beds, alongside is a recently re-planted bog garden. The habitual, accumulated use of garden and household compost has progressively improved stony ground around the boundary where a mixed hedge has made good progress.
Skelbo House Skelbo IV25 3QG (Alison Bartlett)
Extensive woodland garden with spectacular views over Loch Fleet. Mixed herbaceous borders, rose garden and shrubberies around the house and set in lawns sloping down to a small lochan and river walkway. Mature trees throughout. Large kitchen garden.

Directions: 42 Astle A9 from the south: Pass turn off to Dornoch, take first left after Tall Pines Restaurant, signposted Astle. After 1½ miles take left fork, cross river and no. 42 is the 2nd house on left. A9 from north: Turn right 100m before the Tall Pines Restaurant. As above. Auchlea Situated on B9168. This B road is on right driving up the A9. Take B road and Auchlea is first house on right. Skelbo House From the south: On A9 take the small turning opposite Trentham Hotel (just past the Dornoch turn offs). At the side of Loch Fleet turn left, at the ruined castle take the second farm road which is fairly rough, and follow round to your right. If coming from the north take the Loch Fleet road signposted to Embo from the A9.

Openings:
Saturday 13 July, 10am - 4pm (2019)
Admission £5.00, children free.
· Mission Africa 20%, Mary's Meals International or MMI 20% & Bumblebee Conservation Trust 20%.
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