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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