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Autumn colours

Autumn colours

Thursday 13 September, 2018
Celebrate the changing, the beginning of chunky knits and warmth breath in the air. The crunch of fallen leaves and the crisp snappy of twigs.
Storytelling in Autumnal Gardens

Storytelling in Autumnal Gardens

Monday 10 September, 2018
Join Scotland's Gardens Scheme and the Scottish Storytelling Centre for 'Growing Stories' in two spectacular gardens at Dalswinton House and Fingask Castle.
Wonder at Scottish woodlands

Wonder at Scottish woodlands

Thursday 6 September, 2018
Autumn is the time to get out into woods, to see the colour change from crisp greens through subtle reds, oranges and browns. See red squirrels stash the remains of their harvests and listen to the birds enjoying the last of the summer warmth.
New gardens opening in September

New gardens opening in September

Monday 27 August, 2018
September sun, or rain, still brings lots of new gardens to visit! From city gardens to country estates there's variety and interest all across Scotland.
Organic gardens open in Autumn

Organic gardens open in Autumn

Monday 27 August, 2018
What herbs grow in your garden? This week we look at some lovely herbal gardens you can visit to inspire your own plot.
Gardens & Health Week 2018

Gardens & Health Week 2018

Friday 17 August, 2018
Scotland's Gardens Scheme is delighted to be working with the National Garden Scheme on 'Gardens & Health' Week 2018 to promote the positive impact of gardening and garden visiting.
Aberdeen Garden Tour

Aberdeen Garden Tour

Monday 13 August, 2018
The gardens lovers of Fife take to the road to visit exquisite gardens in Aberdeen and Angus, most are open under the umbrella of Scotland's Gardens Scheme. It was an inspiring trip for all, and many came back with lots plants!
Flowers for the festival

Flowers for the festival

Saturday 4 August, 2018
Enjoying the capital city during the Fringe? Why not also enjoy some of Edinburgh's finest gardens too?
Allsorts of Allotments

Allsorts of Allotments

Thursday 2 August, 2018
Allotments are open this August, and they'd love you to pop on by.
Plants for the pollinators

Plants for the pollinators

Wednesday 1 August, 2018
The bees are buzzing in the trees, or at least they can be, here are some lovely plants than can be found in most Scottish gardens to help encourage bees and other pollinators.
Bank holiday in August

Bank holiday in August

Monday 30 July, 2018
The Scottish bank holiday is a perfect time to get out and see some gardens open across the long weekend, from walled gardens to coastal retreats, castle grounds to village gardens.
"Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside!"

"Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside!"

Monday 2 July, 2018
Scotland has some amazing coast line, and there are some fantastic coastal gardens that open for charity that you can visit.
New gardens opening in July

New gardens opening in July

Monday 25 June, 2018
Another month, more glorious gardens. All these gardens are opening new for the first time in July. There's so much on offer all across the country, where will you visit?
A plethora of gardens

A plethora of gardens

Monday 25 June, 2018
We have some lovely new garden groups and village opening in July, from the Scottish borders to north of Inverness. Could there be one on your doorstep?
Prancing through the peonies

Prancing through the peonies

Wednesday 20 June, 2018
On Saturday 16th June, visitors to Binny Plants, Edinburgh were in for a treat. Nurseryman and ‘peony-mad’ Billy Carruthers led a walk and talk around his site to raise money for Scotland’s Gardens Scheme.
National Insect Week: bugs and beasties

National Insect Week: bugs and beasties

Monday 18 June, 2018
National Insect Week, organised by e Royal Entomological Society, runs from 18 - 24 June. It encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects.
Peonies and Prosecco at Binny Plants

Peonies and Prosecco at Binny Plants

Tuesday 12 June, 2018
Binny Plants is a leading nursery, just outside Edinburgh, and is a specialist on peonies with over 300 on site. Nurseryman Billy Carruthers will lead a walk and talk on Saturday 16th June around the nursery to raise money for Scotland’s Gardens Scheme.
New gardens opening in June

New gardens opening in June

Monday 28 May, 2018
Scotland's Gardens Scheme welcomes this wonderful collection of new gardens, which first open in June. This is a unique opportunity to see gardens for their first time open to the public.
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

Monday 21 May, 2018
Looking forward to Summer around the corner, and the sweet smell as roses burst forth on arbours and in flower beds. What's your favourite?
The bluebell wood

The bluebell wood

Friday 20 April, 2018
Gardening doesn’t have to been large formal gardens, lots of green space and countryside views. Scotland’s Gardens Scheme is delighted to have so many wonderfully diverse urban gardens open for charity all across Scotland.
Greening our urban jungles

Greening our urban jungles

Monday 16 April, 2018
Gardening doesn’t have to been large formal gardens, lots of green space and countryside views. Scotland’s Gardens Scheme is delighted to have so many wonderfully diverse urban gardens open for charity all across Scotland.
Muddy hands and happy children

Muddy hands and happy children

Wednesday 11 April, 2018
Scotland's Gardens Scheme is thrilled to be celebrating VisitScotland's Year of Young People. Many of our garden openings will be hosting children's activities and we are also partnering with the Scottish Storytelling Centre for 'Growing Stories''.
Where to go this May bank holiday weekend?

Where to go this May bank holiday weekend?

Wednesday 11 April, 2018
A glorious bank holiday, and there are so many gardens to explore. Here's a list of what's open on the May bank holiday weekend, it's going to be a fabulous one for garden lovers!
Scottish Rhododendron Festival: where to see rhodies in April and May?

Scottish Rhododendron Festival: where to see rhodies in April and May?

Sunday 1 April, 2018
The Scottish Rhododendron Festival runs from 1 April to 31 May 2018, and features a wide variety of horticulture from gardens to woodlands.
Six fantastic storytelling events

Six fantastic storytelling events

Wednesday 21 March, 2018
“Growing Stories”: see gardens with new eyes once you hear stories, from local Storytellers, about their creation, history and interaction with the environment.
Which gardens are open for the new Fife spring garden trail?

Which gardens are open for the new Fife spring garden trail?

Thursday 15 March, 2018
From flooded quarries to cottage gardens, vatican style gardens to wild woodlands. There is so much in store this April in Fife!
A host of golden daffodils

A host of golden daffodils

Tuesday 13 March, 2018
Our selection of daffodil covered gardens to visit this spring. A pleasant walk among the daffodils followed by a home made cup of tea, did someone say heaven?
Gardens open this weekend

Gardens open this weekend

Thursday 1 March, 2018
A list of which gardens are open this weekend despite the snowy conditions, please also see here for cancellations
Our historic districts

Our historic districts

Thursday 8 February, 2018
Anyone who has flicked through our guidebook will notice that our district names don't quite tally up with Scotland's many counties...like many things in life there is method to the madness!
12 gardens open for the Fife Spring Trail 2018

12 gardens open for the Fife Spring Trail 2018

Tuesday 6 February, 2018
12 wonderful gardens are open for the Fife Spring Trail between April and March. For more details and tickets...
Portrack, The Garden of Cosmic Speculation 2018 opening date

Portrack, The Garden of Cosmic Speculation 2018 opening date

Thursday 11 January, 2018
We are delighted to be able to announce that The Garden of Cosmic Speculation will open on Sunday 6th May, 2018. Tickets will be released on Thursday 1st February, 2018. Details of how to purchase …
Scottish Snowdrop Festival 2018

Scottish Snowdrop Festival 2018

Wednesday 10 January, 2018
Scotland’s Gardens Scheme, Discover Scottish Gardens and VisitScotland work together to support the popular Scottish Snowdrop Festival...
Celebrating the Year of Young People 2018

Celebrating the Year of Young People 2018

Wednesday 10 January, 2018
Scotland’s Gardens Scheme is thrilled to be celebrating Visit Scotland's 'Year of Young People' in 2018. Here are just some of the gardens hosting children's activities...
The 2018 opening of The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

The 2018 opening of The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

Tuesday 10 October, 2017
We are delighted to be able to announce that The Garden of Cosmic Speculation will open on Sunday 6th May, 2018. Tickets will be released on Thursday 1st February, 2018. Details of how to purchase …
East Lothian Garden Trail 2017

East Lothian Garden Trail 2017

Monday 24 July, 2017
Running over the last week of June (28 June - 2 July), the East Lothian Garden Trail provides an opportunity to see twelve magnificent spacious gardens and well tended allotments in close …
Meet the garden owner

Meet the garden owner

Saturday 24 June, 2017
The Colinton gardens, Edinburgh threw open their garden gates on the 2nd July. These three gardens raised a fantastic sum, £2902, thanks to about 400 visitors! We caught up with Michael and …
Fife Garden Trail 2017

Fife Garden Trail 2017

Saturday 24 June, 2017
Running over late June and early July, the Fife Garden Trail provides an opportunity to see nine privately owned gardens five of which have never or rarely admitted visitors before. It also …
Orkney Garden Festival 2017

Orkney Garden Festival 2017

Wednesday 17 May, 2017
The Gardeners of Orkney have will be holding a Garden Festival Trail over the weekends of 17/18 June and 24/25 June. Thirty-four gardens will throw open their doors across Orkney, Kirkwall and …
Rhododendron Festival 2017

Rhododendron Festival 2017

Friday 5 May, 2017
The Scottish Rhododendron Festival 2017 is organised by Discover Scottish Gardens where you will find details of the event. The Festival is supported by VisitScotland and full …
‘Winton Castle’ Invites Visitors to its Family Open Day

‘Winton Castle’ Invites Visitors to its Family Open Day

Thursday 30 March, 2017
Winton Castle, formerly Winton House, is opening its gardens and doors for its Family Open Day on Sunday 9th April (12-4.30 pm), when it will be raising funds for Marie Curie and Scotland’s …
Snowdrop Festival 2017

Snowdrop Festival 2017

Thursday 16 March, 2017
The Scottish Snowdrop Festival 2017 is organised by Discover Scottish Gardens where you will find details of the event. The Festival is supported by VisitScotland and full listings can be …
Portrack House 2017 Opening Date

Portrack House 2017 Opening Date

Monday 23 January, 2017
We are delighted to announce that Portrack House will be open for Scotland’s Gardens on Sunday 30 April 2017 from 11am-5pm. This is …
Video of Little Broich, Kippen, Stirlingshire

Video of Little Broich, Kippen, Stirlingshire

Tuesday 27 September, 2016
Little Broich, Kippen, Stirlingshire: open Sunday 2 October, 2pm - 5pm. Little Broich from Peter Keith on Vimeo.
Huntly Cot Video

Huntly Cot Video

Monday 26 September, 2016
A short video of the open day at Huntly Cot gardens in 2016.
Annual Accounts 2015

Annual Accounts 2015

Wednesday 20 July, 2016
A copy of Scotland's Gardens full accounts to 31 December 2015 is available to download here.
SG Gardens Honoured with RCHS Awards

SG Gardens Honoured with RCHS Awards

Thursday 30 June, 2016
We are delighted to congratulate two individuals who have been received awards from the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society (RCHS) this week. Lady Catherine Erskine, of Cambo House, is a Scotland' …
Family Activities for 2016

Family Activities for 2016

Thursday 30 June, 2016
Get the whole family outdoors during the school holidays!Our gardens for 2016 include a wonderful range of walks, wildlife and homemade teas, but here are a selection which have child- …
Traprain Garden Circle

Traprain Garden Circle

Wednesday 22 June, 2016
Three distinctly different gardens, two of which have never previously opened, in rural East Lothian. Follow the unfolding of late spring and early summer in each garden on three afternoons over …
Obituary:  Sir Robin Bt (Edinburgh) St Clair-Ford

Obituary: Sir Robin Bt (Edinburgh) St Clair-Ford

Monday 23 May, 2016
We have been informed that Robin St. Clair-Ford died last week; his funeral will take place on Friday 3 June. Robin was a former Director of Scotland’s Gardens Scheme; he was employed from 1983 …
Portrack House Announces 2016 Dates

Portrack House Announces 2016 Dates

Monday 9 May, 2016
PORTRACK HOUSE (THE GARDEN OF COSMIC SPECULATION) We are delighted to announce that Portrack House will be open for Scotland’s Gardens on Sunday 1 May 2016 from 12pm-5pm.
Peeblesshire Garden Trio

Peeblesshire Garden Trio

Tuesday 5 April, 2016
This superb trio of gardens will give you a taste of the wide variety of garden styles in the Peeblesshire area. See them develop from May to August with a season ticket, or spend a fabulous …
Snowdrop Festival 2016

Snowdrop Festival 2016

Wednesday 23 March, 2016
In association with VisitScotland and Cambo Estate, the 2016 Scottish Snowdrop Festival will run from 30 January to 13 March. With over 60 venues taking part, many of which are free …
National Organiser Appointed

National Organiser Appointed

Friday 29 January, 2016
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Terrill Dobson as our New National Organiser. Her part-time role will involve acting as liaison between Scotland's Gardens network of volunteers, …
Glasgow's Summer Celebration

Glasgow's Summer Celebration

Tuesday 13 October, 2015
David Mitchell our Deputy Chairman in full flow as he gave a speech at Glasgow & District's Summer Celebration in August. It was a beautiful sun filled day and all who came enjoyed the wonderful …
National Organiser Vacancy

National Organiser Vacancy

Tuesday 8 September, 2015
THE CLOSING DATE HAS PASSED FOR THIS POSITION. Scotland's Gardens Trustees wish to appoint a National Organiser to oversee the Head Office and to facilitate the relationship between Head Office
Orkney Trail featured on The Beechgrove Garden

Orkney Trail featured on The Beechgrove Garden

Tuesday 18 August, 2015
Two beautiful gardens from the Orkney Garden Trail have been featured on the Beechgrove Garden this August. The programs are scheduled for Thursday the 6 & 13 August and you can also catch them …
Angus & Fife Garden Trail 2015

Angus & Fife Garden Trail 2015

Thursday 13 August, 2015
Scotland’s Gardens is introducing an exciting new venture into their 2015 programme – The Angus and Fife Garden Trail. Following the fantastic success of the Fife Garden Trail in 2015 …
Office Move

Office Move

Friday 24 April, 2015
We have moved offices. But not too far. Along the same street, in fact. Our new address is 23 Castle Street, Edinburgh EH2 3DN. All other contact details remain the same.
Conference News 2015

Conference News 2015

Friday 24 April, 2015
Scotland's Gardens annual conference was held on 13 April 2015 at the EICC. Mark Hedderwick, Chairman, spoke about some recent developments: This time last year I referred to 2013 as something of a …
SKY TV'S "SHOW ME YOUR GARDEN"

SKY TV'S "SHOW ME YOUR GARDEN"

Tuesday 17 February, 2015
Congratulations to Margaret Gimblett for winning the Scottish section of Sky Television's "Show me Your Garden"! Margaret's glorious garden is at Croftcat Lodge, Grandtully, Perthshire and is …