PLANT OF THE WEEK

The Herald Magazine - - etc GARDENING -

which light up the gar­dens with a colour­ful, late spring dis­play. Ac­com­pa­nied by labur­num, philadel­phus and weigelia, these are the per­fect back­drop to the herba­ceous peren­ni­als grow­ing in the mixed borders of the Flower Gar­den.

Plant hunter David Dou­glas was born in Scone, and a spec­i­men of his most fa­mous in­tro­duc­tion, the Dou­glas fir, which was grown from seed col­lected by him, stands proudly in the grounds. A pavil­ion cel­e­brat­ing his work is also the start to the Dou­glas Trail.

At the fur­thest point of the grounds is one of the finest col­lec­tions of conifers grow­ing in the Vic­to­rian Pine­tum. Dawn red­woods, gi­ant red­woods, cedars and grand firs stand ma­jes­ti­cally, while new plant­ings in­clude the re­cently dis­cov­ered Wollemi pine.

At the end of a day ex­plor­ing the grounds, vis­i­tors can visit the Palace cof­fee shop and sam­ple home-cooked fare made from pro­duce grown in the kitchen gar­den.

Web­site: www.scone-palace.co.uk Tele­phone: 01738 552300

Open­ing times: Oc­to­ber open daily 10am-4pm. Win­ter open: Novem­ber-March Fri­day-Sun­day 10am-4pm (ex­clud­ing De­cem­ber 29 and 30) Ad­mis­sion costs: Oc­to­ber: Adults 7.50, con­ces­sions £6.50, chil­dren £5.50, fam­i­lies £25. Win­ter ad­mis­sion is free

Gar­den of the Week is in as­so­ci­a­tion with Dis­cover Scot­tish Gar­dens. For more in­for­ma­tion, ad­vice and day-out ideas, visit dis­cov­er­scot­tish­gar­dens.org

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