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The Herald Magazine - - etc GARDENING -

GLENWHAN GAR­DENS, DUNRAGIT, BY STRAN­RAER, DG9 8PH

Glenwhan Gar­dens, with its Gaelic mean­ing “green and rushy place”, as it was 45 years ago, is now trans­formed into a plants­man’s par­adise. It has been de­scribed as one of the most beau­ti­ful newly made gar­dens in Scot­land, with unique and stun­ning sea views across to the Isle of Man, Luce Bay and the Mull of Gal­loway.

Tessa Knott has been de­vel­op­ing the 12-acre gar­den over the past four decades from bare moor­land to the vi­brant land­scape it is to­day. A labour of love, the gar­den fea­tures an ar­bore­tum with a tree trail of more than 160 species, two small lochs, a rock gar­den and a 20-acre moor­land wild walk, of­fer­ing the chance to see a red squir­rel or two. With the warm­ing in­flu­ence of the Gulf Stream, Glenwhan grows many ten­der plants from the South­ern Hemi­sphere, with large col­lec­tions of rare trees and shrubs. Many plants have been col­lected in the wild and grown from seed. Stand­out species in­clude rhodo­den­drons, aza­leas, prim­u­las, camel­lias and heathers, as well as mar­ginal plants and herba­ceous bor­ders.

Vis­i­tors are in for a treat no mat­ter the sea­son, with wind­ing paths, well-placed seats and var­ied sculp­tures dot­ted around the small lochs, adding to the tran­quil at­mos­phere. Af­ter a calm stroll around its lus­cious land­scape, vis­i­tors can stop at Glenwhan’s “Taste Your Best” awarded tea­room, open through­out the spring and sum­mer. A potager and herb gar­den sup­plies the tea­room with fresh pro­duce, which is in­cluded in the dishes wher­ever pos­si­ble. The tea­room prides it­self on its de­li­cious bak­ing and warm­ing home­made soup.

Web­site: www.glen­whangar­dens.co.uk Tele­phone: 01581 400222

Open­ing times: Dur­ing the win­ter, you can ac­cess the gar­den with an hon­esty box at the en­trance. The gar­den re­opens for spring on April 1 and Easter un­til Sep­tem­ber 30.

Ad­mis­sion costs: Adults £6, con­ces­sions £4.50, chil­dren over 12 £1.50, fam­ily ticket (up to three chil­dren) £14 and sea­son tick­ets £18. Royal Hor­ti­cul­ture So­ci­ety mem­bers go free on Satur­days by show­ing their mem­ber­ship card.

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

Most ev­er­greens are hardy enough to cope with very cold weather but some Mediter­ranean herbs and win­ter sal­ad­ing may need pro­tec­tion

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