Scotland’s Gardens Scheme – visit a private paradise
After a glorious spell of sunshine, who would’ve thought the pitter-patter of rain this week would be welcome? Our mild temperate climate and a good dose of sunshine have given our gardens a real boost of adrenalin. Everything is looking spectacular. Shrubs and flowers are refreshed, replenished and zinging. Scotland’s garden owners are opening their gates and offering a great opportunity to explore nearly 500 gardens and support over 200 charities, large and small. Talk about gardens with garden owners, learn how and why they created their private paradise and pick up a tip or two along the way. Whether it’s a woodland wildflower wander, intoxicating rose and honeysuckle, fluffy homemade baking or a Sunday daunder with the dog (on a lead), opening soon are some stunning gardens with something for everyone.
Sat/Sun 20/21 May 1pm-5.30pm Braevallich Farm, by Dalmally PA33 1BU
Specimen rhododendrons and azaleas, woodland burns, water- falls, primula and meconopsis, mixed herbaceous and a kitchen garden. Traditional glen garden, pretty burns with waterfalls, peaceful open vistas. Teas. Dogs welcome. Proceeds to Mary’s Meals who provide over a million meals a day to hungry children.
Sat/Sun 20/21 May 1pm-5pm Strachur House and flower garden PA27 8BX.
Spectacular woodland walks, ancient yews and maples, species roses, wild flowers, rare shrubs and wildlife. Teas. Dogs welcome. Proceeds to The Red Cross, helping people in crisis whoever and wherever they are.
Sat/Sun 27/28 May 1pm- 6pm Maolachy’s Garden, Lochavich.
Wander through three acres of woodland garden, a tumbling burn, tender species, beautiful ‘snakes head’ fritillaries, irises, shrubs and wild flowers and a productive veg patch and polytunnel. Scrumptious teas. Plants for sale. Proceeds to Hope Kitchen, Oban who provide food, shelter and companionship to vulnerable or marginalised people. Ignore Satnav for Maolachy. A816 to Kilmelford. Turn uphill to Lochavich after shop. Wind you way for 4 miles. Look for the yellow signs to Maolachy past the Forestry Track. Check www.scotlandsgardens. org or in The Yellow Book for full details.
Dates for your diary: Sat/Sun 3/4 June 1.30pm-5pm Knock Cottage, Lochgair PA31 8RZ
Specimen rhododendrons and shrubs, woodland, waterfall and lochan. Teas. Dogs welcome. Proceeds to Marie Curie and Christchurch Episcopal Church. Also open nearby is Crarae Garden with an impressive display of rhododendrons, waterfalls, pools, and varied wildlife. Inveraray Castle Garden with outstanding Prunus ‘Ukon’ and P. Subhirtella, Eucryphias, shrubs and herbaceous plants.
Sunday 4th June 11.am–5pm Fasnacloich, Appin PA38 4BJ
A 15-acre woodland garden in Glen Creran. Extensive water features, rhododendrons, azaleas, trees from Europe, Asia and the US. Teas. Proceeds to Marys Meals. Out in all weathers, garden owners all over Scotland have been planning, planting, pruning, trimming and grooming to get their gardens ship-shape for visitors. What’s in it for the gardener, apart from a sore back and dirty fingernails, you may wonder? Aside from a spur to target these long-standing niggling jobs outside, there is great comfort in knowing that your beloved garden is supporting a cause close to your heart. Scotland’s Gardens hugely appreciate their sterling efforts and contributions to charities. Look out for the yellow signs and visit one or two near you. Perhaps you know of someone who has a garden and charity they love. Scotland’s Gardens are looking for more gardens of all shapes and sizes with horticultural interest. Please drop us a line to email@example.com (head office) or firstname.lastname@example.org (local).