A bumper weekend for vis­it­ing Scot­land’s gar­dens

The Oban Times - - Leisure - by Yvonne An­der­son

Gar­den vis­i­tors are in for a huge treat this weekend. Our fa­mous rhodo­den­drons, mag­no­lias and aza­leas are at their glo­ri­ous peak, fruit trees are blos­som­ing, blue­bells and prim­roses car­pet our wood­lands. The scent of freshly- cut grass and the joy­ous sound of bird­song hint at long days of sum­mer. Scot­land’s Gar­dens of­fers a great op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore nearly 500 gar­dens and sup­port over 200 char­i­ties, large and small.

When gar­den own­ers de­cide to open their pri­vate gar­den for char­ity, they choose a time, months in ad­vance, when their gar­dens will look at their most vi­brant. This is a cal­cu­lated guess, based on years of pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence and would be a re­li­able the­ory ex­cept for one pow­er­ful fac­tor. The weather.

This weekend, here are some stun­ning gar­dens open­ing their gates in aid of var­i­ous char­i­ties.

Sat/Sun 13/14 May, 1pm- 6pm Dal­nashean, Port Ap­pin.

Cameli­ias, Rhodies and Mag­no­lias, views to Lis­more and Loch Linnhe, ponds and aza­leas. There are two more open gar­dens to enjoy. Drum­neil for ma­ture trees, rhodo­den­drons, de­cid­u­ous aza­leas and a small Vic­to­rian walled gar­den. Kin­lochlaich Nurs­ery Gar­den has a huge va­ri­ety of plants to see and buy.

Sat/Sun 13/14 May, 1.30pm5pm Knock Cot­tage, Lochgair.

Spec­i­men rhodo­den­drons and shrubs, wood­land, wa­ter­fall and lochan. Take in Crarae Gar­den which has an im­pres­sive dis­play of rhodo­den­drons, wa­ter­falls, pools, and var­ied wildlife. Nearby In­ver­aray Cas­tle Gar­den is out­stand­ing.

1pm-5.30pm Brae­val­lich Farm, by Dal­mally.

Two beau­ti­ful gar­dens with spec­i­men rhodo­den­drons and aza­leas, wood­land burns, wa­ter­falls, prim­ula and meconop­sis, mixed herba­ceous and a kitchen gar­den. Tra­di­tional glen gar­den, pretty burns with wa­ter­falls, peace­ful open vis­tas.

Sat/Sun 20/21 May, 1pm5.30pm Stra­chur House Gar­den. Na­tive wood­land walks, an­cient yews and maples, species roses, wild flow­ers, rare shrubs and wildlife.

Stra­chur House


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