Scot­land’s Gar­dens Scheme – visit a pri­vate par­adise

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

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. Check­lands­gar­dens. 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–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 info@scot­lands-gar­ (head of­fice) or minette@ard­ (lo­cal).




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