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Meet Mark from Dirleton – HES

September 24th 2018

The weeks of blazing sunshine and long hot days feel a distant memory as Autumn’s grip tightens on the shortening days and awakening chilly mornings. August made the transfer from the drought of July to the rain-soaked grounds of late summer and a welcome relief to the dry borders and arid grass. Pulling the plug! […]

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Meet Brian Sinclair from Stirling Castle – HES

August 22nd 2018

A Long Standing Garden Uncover the history of the iconic Queen Anne Garden with gardener Brian Sinclair Ever wondered how long the Queen Anne Garden has been here? Plant records are sketchy, but we think the space has been a garden since the fifteenth century! We’re on more certain ground when we say the present […]

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Meet Daisy Wright from Dirleton Castle – HES

August 2nd 2018

With the sun beating down, the gardens at Dirleton are the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle and be amongst the flowers. As we hurtle towards August, we’ve taken a look June at Dirleton Castle, when it was hot, but not as hot as July! Personally, I never like to grumble […]

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Meet Mark Gillie from Dryburgh Abbey – HES

July 18th 2018

Near the foot of the Eildon Hills with the River Tweed meandering around it lies the most picturesque of all the border abbeys, Dryburgh. As you stroll through the grounds, stop and listen to hear the birds chirping and see the squirrels jumping from tree to tree. If you are lucky to get there early […]

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Meet Daisy Wright from Dirleton – HES

June 22nd 2018

Spring into action at Dirleton gardens It’s all go here at the moment as Mark and I juggle the long list of jobs to do around the gardens. Spring is fantastic with new growth, budding flowers bursting to life and fragrant smells filling the air. Out with the old and in with the new Seeing […]

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Meet Anne Webster from Ashbrook Nursery

April 3rd 2018

Potty about Primroses. At Ashbrook Nursery we are just ‘Potty about Primroses’. We don’t claim to be ‘experts’, but we are certainly enthusiastic about these lovely plants which delight us from autumn through to summer. I suppose it all started years ago when my husband Joe & I started selling surplus plants and cut flowers […]

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Meet Susan Lindsay from Aberdour Castle and Gardens – HES

December 13th 2017

I’m Susan Lindsay and I started my gardening career at 18 years old. I was always interested in art and being outside, so becoming a gardener seemed natural. I was an apprentice with Glasgow City Council in amenity horticulture and then worked for a couple of years in a plant nursery specialising in bedding plants. […]

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Glenwhan Gardens and Arboretum

October 2nd 2017

Glenwhan Gardens & Arboretum: A ‘green and rushy’ place Glenwhan Gardens & Arboretum on the South-Western seaboard may be described as a stunning combination of views, terrain and habitat for the many species of plants and wildlife. Over 160 species of trees from around the world are now well established, making it difficult to remember the […]

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Meet Ian Lamb from Ardtornish

August 3rd 2017

Ardtornish Gardens The garden is over 25 acres and is low-maintenance having one part-time gardener who gets occasional help. Most effort goes to keeping around Ardtornish House looking cared for and to maintaining the extensive lawns. Despite this, it is a wonderful garden and the semi-natural feel is much appreciated by visitors. To me, the […]

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Meet James Hannaford from Inverewe

June 30th 2017

Meet James Hannaford, First Gardener at award winning NTS Inverewe set amongst the rugged landscape of Wester Ross in the North West Highlands of Scotland. At 58˚ north and on the same latitude as Labrador and St Petersburg, Inverewe has been described as ‘an exotic paradise’ with plants from around the world flourishing in the […]

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