Cally Gar­dens up for sale

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

The home of a well-known plants­man has been put on the mar­ket.

Michael Wick­enden, pic­tured right, ran Cally Gar­dens in Gate­house for nearly 30 years un­til he died dur­ing an ex­pe­di­tion in Myan­mar – pre­vi­ously known as Burma – in Oc­to­ber, 2016, at the age of 61.

Dur­ing his time run­ning Cally Gar­dens, Michael built up its rep­u­ta­tion as a spe­cial­ist plant nurs­ery and he was known for his plant hunt­ing ex­pe­di­tions around the world.

Now the gar­dens – which he ran from 1987 un­til his death – and the house are on the mar­ket for £275,000.

The gar­dens con­tain Michael’s col­lec­tion of more than 3,000 peren­ni­als, many grown from seed and col­lected from his ex­pe­di­tions.

Sell­ing agents JHS Law said: “The sale of Cally Gar­dens with its out­stand­ing plant col­lec­tion and rep­u­ta­tion of­fers a great op­por­tu­nity to build on Michael’s le­gacy.”

There will also be an ex­hi­bi­tion in trib­ute to Michael’s work at Lo­gan Botanic Gar­dens near Port Lo­gan from March 1.

It will look at some of his ex­pe­di­tions and in­cludes some of his pho­to­graphs of plants, peo­ple and land­scapes.

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