Garden of the Season

Dunvegan Castle & Armadale Castle Inner Hebrides

November 22nd 2018

“What draws these islands together is the proximity of the sea – not just its climatic influence, which makes the summers cool, the winters mild and the climate wet, but also the fact that, historically, it was the seas around the islands that were the main thoroughfares and first line of defence. Island history is […]

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Garden of the Season – Castle Fraser, NTS

November 1st 2018

Castle Fraser, National Trust for Scotland From its rhododendron garden to its groves of centuries-old trees, Castle Fraser Garden & Estate is one of Scotland’s enchanting gems. About 15 miles west of Aberdeen, the grounds boast one of Scotland’s largest tower houses – but the history of the gardens is just as intricate. As it […]

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Garden of the Season – Dunninald Gardens

May 11th 2018

Bluebells and Blossoms “In the best of all possible worlds, this garden would be a little smaller”, Mary Stansfeld says with a wry smile. Maintaining it, with fewer gardeners than perhaps it once had, is like painting the Forth Bridge; hard to get around in the year, and some parts more den than garden. Visitors […]

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Garden of the Season – Cluny

March 30th 2018

CLUNY IN APRIL Although Cluny is a garden for all seasons, April has to be one of the most exciting months when plants are literally bursting out of the ground and flowers of many varieties begin to make an appearance. Throughout much of the month bulbs and tubers are the dominant ground cover particularly Erythronium […]

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Scottish Garden of the Season – Inverewe

March 1st 2018

Main image: Adrian Hollister WHATEVER THE SEASON, A VISIT TO AWARD WINNING NTS INVEREWE GARDEN IN THE NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS WILL ALWAYS PROVE WORTHWHILE!  Why visit? National Trust for Scotland’s award winning Inverewe Garden has benefitted in the growth and international interest in Scotland, and particularly, the North Coast 500. Recognised by The Association of Scottish […]

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Scottish Garden of the Season – Dawyck Botanic Garden

February 1st 2018

Dawyck Botanic Garden in Spring When Dawyck opens for the 2018 season on 1 February, visitors will be met with the spectacular sight of swathes of elegant snowdrops.  Clusters of the tiny, but robust, white gems carpet the banks of the Scrape Burn and creep up the hillside behind. A woodland walk at this time […]

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Garden of the Season – Castle Kennedy Gardens

January 8th 2018

Galanthus at Castle Kennedy Gardens Galanthus at Castle Kennedy Gardens have most probably been naturalised since they were planted in the mid 19th Century when interest in these very early little flowers took off. Sometimes known as fair maids of February, they have spread in abundance along the North Side of Loch Crindle, known as […]

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Scottish Garden of the Season – Ben Reid

December 4th 2017

How to select the perfect tree this Christmas By Simon Fraser from Ben Reid Garden Centre, Aberdeen Ben Reid Garden Centre is a rather special nursery and garden centre – especially at Christmas time. As an independent family-run business based in Aberdeen, we specialise in growing a variety of trees and plants, guaranteed to thrive […]

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Scottish Garden of the Season – Scone Palace

November 6th 2017

Scone may more commonly be associated with its place in Scottish history. It was an important religious gathering of the Picts, it was the site of an early Christian Church and it housed the Stone of Destiny where the Kings of Scotland were crowned until the mid-seventeenth century. On the site today, is the Palace […]

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Scottish Garden of the Season – Ard Daraich

October 2nd 2017

Ard Daraich Like many gardens, Ard Daraich has two seasons. Having a large collection of Rhododendrons, the first blousy season is in April and May. Camellias (mostly pink) and Rhododendrons clammer for attention, sometimes one against another in a garden planted for the value each specimen adds to the collection and determined largely by the […]

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