Pri­vate peek at per­fec­tion

Home­own­ers are throw­ing open their doors to raise cash for char­ity

The Galloway News - - BURST INTO BLOOM -

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

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