Gar­den of GAR­DEN OF theTwHEeWekEEK An end­less war on weeds and pests

The Herald Magazine - - etc GARDENING -

Geil­ston was de­vel­oped as a de­signed land­scape from the late 18th cen­tury, com­ple­ment­ing the coun­try house of a suc­ces­sion of fam­i­lies with trad­ing, ship­build­ing and mil­i­tary con­nec­tions. El­iz­a­beth Hendry, its last owner, was a tal­ented am­a­teur hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ist whose legacy is ev­i­dent in the wide va­ri­ety of plant­ing in the gar­den.

Geil­ston is in­ti­mate and tran­quil, with the se­cluded ap­peal of a pri­vate gar­den. The cen­tre­piece of the 200-year old walled gar­den is a 100-foot Welling­to­nia tree, which over­looks bril­liant spring dis­plays of aza­leas and rhodo­den­drons. In sum­mer, the grand scale of the herba­ceous bor­der is truly im­pres­sive. The walled gar­den also con­tains a re­stored 40-foot Vic­to­rian glasshouse. The pot­ting shed, set in the gar­den wall, has a se­cret win­dow over­look­ing the Geil­ston Burn. Green doors

set into the gar­den wall lead into the wood­land gar­den, com­plete with wa­ter­fall, bridges over the burn and mossy paths. In spring, the woods are car­peted with wood anemones and blue­bells. Fiery au­tumn colours give the wood­land a sec­ond sea­son of glory.

The late-sum­mer prairie bor­der demon­strates how peren­ni­als can pro­duce stun­ning colour. The large kitchen gar­den and ap­ple or­chard pro­vide a wide range of fruit and veg­eta­bles, which are on sale to vis­i­tors in sea­son.

Geil­ston has sev­eral quirky, un­usual gar­den fea­tures: vis­i­tors can dis­cover the Vic­to­rian mar­riage well, the kitchen gar­den dip­ping tank and the Fort­num and Ma­son cherub bird bath. For chil­dren, Geil­ston has sev­eral at­trac­tions: a “Hob­bit hole” themed play area, gar­den games and soft ten­nis (in dry weather) and a sum­mer flo­ral mini-maze.

Web­site: www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/geil­ston­gar­den

Tele­phone: 01389 849187

Email: geil­ston­gar­den@nts.org.uk Open­ing times: 9.30am-5pm ev­ery day, April-Oc­to­ber 31

Ad­mis­sion costs: NTS or NT mem­ber free; adult £7.50; con­ces­sion £5.50; fam­ily (two adults and up to four chil­dren) £18.50; one-adult fam­ily ticket (one adult and up to four chil­dren) £12.50

Gar­den of the Week is in as­so­ci­a­tion with Dis­cover Scot­tish Gar­dens. For more in­for­ma­tion, ad­vice and day-out ideas, see dis­cov­er­scot­tish­gar­dens.org

Cab­bage whites have left the bat­tle­field, so you can re­move the pro­tec­tive bar­ri­ers that foil those pests

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