A sneaky peek inside Scotland’s Gardens
FROM grand country houses to rural village back gardens and the rich diversity in between, Scotland’s Gardens gives us a window into a private world – a glimpse into a precious and very personal pursuit. It is a unique opportunity and it is fascinating.
Every year, more garden owners are cultivating, creating and opening their gates for charity. The gardens don’t have to be grand – what’s important is that they have some horticultural interest and are of a certain aesthetic standard.
What draws you into a garden? The wild beauty of the Highland bog garden, woodland paths, colourful drifts of wild flowers, features in stone, water and metal? Or rare plant species, blousey shrubs and symmetry, eco initiatives or a magnificent view? Are you mostly curious about how it might reflect the personality of its keeper and crea- tor? Whatever inspires you, it is all there to see and enjoy.
Whether you want a sneaky peek or a languid look, there are gardens which will charm the knowledgeable, the spiritual and the humble enthusiast. Planning your visit couldn’t be easier. Look out for Scotland’s Gardens' Yellow book with photos, directions and all the details you need about garden openings. For the computer savvy – try www.scotlands- gardens.org. Some gardens are open continuously, others by arrangement. If teas and home-baking are provided, they are usually divine. So don your sturdy shoes, make a day of it and visit a few. Whether you need ‘you time’ or fun for all the family, it’s a great day out.
On Sat/Sun, May 6/ 7, from 1.305pm you can visit Kames Bay, Kilmelford PA34 4XA, nearby Arduaine and Ardmaddy Castle Gardens are also open. Wild flowers and woodland, azaleas, rhodies and stunning views.
Sat/Sun, May 13/14, 1pm- 6pm Dalnashean, Port Appin PA38 4DE. Camellias, rhodies and magnolias, views to Lismore and Loch Linnhe, ponds and azaleas. Travel on to nearby Druimneil and Kinlochlaich.
Sat/Sun, May 13/14, 1.30-5pm Knock Cottage, Lochgair PA31 8RZ. Specimen, rhodies and shrubs, woodland, waterfall and lochan. Crarae and Inveraray Gardens are also close by.
We’re on the lookout for more garden openings in Scotland. If you have a secret paradise which you’d enjoy sharing with other garden enthusiasts, or know someone who does, please contact us: info@ scotlandsgardens.org (head office) or firstname.lastname@example.org (local). It’s fun, it’s appreciated and it is free.