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The Herald Magazine - - etc GARDENING -

The Amer­i­can pump­kin is in­vad­ing Hal­loween and al­most driv­ing our poor old tumshie lantern to ex­tinc­tion

Scone Palace is sur­rounded by more than 100 acres of glo­ri­ous grounds filled with mag­nif­i­cent trees, which are un­der­planted with pock­ets of gar­dens in a tran­quil wood­land set­ting. One of the finest spec­i­mens is a sy­camore planted by James VI 400 years ago – a link with Scone’s past as the crown­ing place of the Scot­tish kings.

The floor below these splen­did trees is the first to spring to life when snow­drops and daf­fodils wel­come in the new sea­son. These dis­plays line the three walks that take you around the gar­dens and grounds, where the high­light is the mul­ti­tude of daf­fodils planted on the old Monks Play­green. This is also home to the Mur­ray Star Maze, where more than 1,000 beech and 1,000 cop­per beech trees have been planted to cre­ate a maze with a unique tar­tan ef­fect.

Un­der the tree canopies grow rhodo­den­drons,

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