Private peek at perfection
Homeowners are throwing open their doors to raise cash for charity
the years and its main feature is the natural stream, edged with primulas and hostas, which runs into ponds displaying cream and pink water lilies. This is complimented by a Japanese-style red bridge and two other smaller stone bridges.
There is also an interesting 95 yards long herbaceous border, roses, island beds of trees and shrubs and greenhouses showing a large display of pot plants, a vegetable garden and a woodland walk.
This year some of the money raised will go to Upper Nithsdale Youth Pipe Band, who will entertain during the afternoon along with local country dancers from Sanquhar.
The band has been operating for 13 years, giving free bagpipe and drum tuition by volunteers to young people in Upper Nithsdale. They are trying to raise up to £5,000 to help with the purchase, maintenance and upkeep of the instruments, uniforms, tutor books and running costs.
Afternoon teas will be provided in the courtyard by volunteer supporters of the pipe band and there will also be a plant stall.
Lord and Lady Norrie are opening their garden at Holehouse near Penpont from 11am to 2pm. A garden of great variety, it has been added to during the past 15 years in and around the farm steading. As well as amazing views, visitors can enjoy an orchard, vegetable garden, maturing trees, shrubs and perennials as well as a pond and labyrinth.
Some of the gate receipts will go to Buccleuch and Queensberry Caledonia Pipe Band.
An extensive collection of azaleas, rhododendrons, rare shrubs and mature trees set in a landscape of follies, sculpture and stunning vistas await visitors to Westerhall at Bentpath, Langholm, from 2pm to 5pm.
A redesigned walled garden includes a glasshouse with some exotic plants collected from around the world. A rhododendron specialist, Allan Clark, will be selling plants and there will be a bedding plants stall and home baked cream teas served. Westerkirk Parish Trust will be one of the beneficiaries.
will open their private garden at Beautiful The Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch from 2pm to 5pm Dabton Thornhill, to the public on Sunday