Scotland’s Gardens scheme gets 37 additions for 2013


Crossburn garden, Glasgow

More than 500 gardens, from Stranraer in the south west to Yell in the Shetland Islands, are to open to visitors this year as part of the Scotland’s Gardens scheme.

“We have something for everyone in 2013,” said Paddy Scott, Director of the scheme, which raises money for charities by organising the opening of gardens that are usually inaccessible to the public. “Unusual plants, champion trees, wonderful walled spaces hidden from view and gardens in every part of Scotland – a host of horticultural gems waiting to be explored.”

There are 37 new additions to the programme in 2013 which include:

  • Kemback House and gardens, originally owned by the Archbishops of St Andrews and the University in the 15th Century;
  • The Walled Garden at Logie, Kirriemuir – a herbalist’s garden featuring more than 150 herbs;
  • Belhaven Hill School and Belhaven House, Dunbar, once owned by Sir George Taylor, a former Director of Kew Gardens and a famous botanist;
  • Stirling Gardens – a selection of town house gardens with unusual trees, shrubs and herbaceous borders.

Interesting ideas for city plots can also be gleaned from visits to gardens such as Rocheid Garden in Edinburgh with its natural swimming pool and award-winning compost shed and Crossburn in Glasgow with its woodland planting and bog garden.

Some gardens will be opening this month as part of the Scottish Snowdrop Festival – check the website for details.

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