Gar­den News

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Knock Cot­tage, Lochgair, Argyll This six-acre wood­land gar­den is cen­tred on a small wa­ter­fall, lochan and lily pond. From the 1960s there was con­stant plant­ing with ma­jor plant­ings in 1989 and the ‘90s. The storms of 2011/12 caused dam­age to trees and bushes, and sub­se­quent re­plant­ing of aza­leas, rhododendron, camel­lias and other shrubs. There are now over 80 species of rhododendron and hy­brids. Among the ma­ture and young trees are cut leaf oak and alder, spec­i­men conifers, eu­ca­lyp­tus, ac­ers, prunus and beech. Open 3 & 4 June, 1.30-5pm

Holmes Farm, Dry­bridge, Ayr­shire A plants­man’s gar­den cre­ated by a con­firmed plan­ta­holic. An ever-evolv­ing se­lec­tion of peren­ni­als, bulbs, alpines and shrubs. Me­an­der­ing paths guide the eye through pre­dom­i­nantly herba­ceous plant­ings, with small trees and shrubs. The gar­den open­ing is timed for peak bloom of some of the 400 iris in the gar­den. There is a plant nurs­ery with a wide se­lec­tion of trea­sures from the gar­den and a gift shop and gallery too. Open 10 & 11 June, 1-5pm

Tyn­ing­hame House, Dun­bar, East Loth­ian Splen­did 17th cen­tury sand­stone Scot­tish ba­ro­nial house, re­mod­elled in 1829 by Wil­liam Burn. The gar­dens in­clude herba­ceous bor­der, for­mal rose gar­den, Lady Hadding­ton’s Se­cret Gar­den with old-fash­ioned roses and an ex­ten­sive ‘wilder­ness’, spring gar­den with rhodo­den­drons, aza­leas, flow­er­ing trees and bulbs. Grounds in­clude a one-mile beech av­enue to the sea. The for­mal walled gar­den com­bines the lawn, sculp­ture and yew hedges, an ‘ap­ple walk’, ex­ten­sive herba­ceous plant­ing in­clud­ing roses and pe­onies with an in­for­mal ar­bore­tum. Open 18 June, 1-5pm

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