With over 140 different species there are few places in Argyll, Scotland better than Benmore Botanics Garden to see an incredible collection of ferns. Don't miss this unique opportunity to celebrate the world of ferns with Professor Mary Gibby, retired Director of Science at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The trail begins at the foot of the Redwood Avenue and continues past Benmore House and the Golden Gates. The peak of the trail is a dramatic ascent through the exotic ferns from the southern hemisphere to the unique atmosphere of the restored Victorian Fernery.Find out more
Come and enjoy an afternoon serenade with the Grazioso String Quartet in the Courtyard Gallery. The Grazioso String Quartet, all former members of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, was formed in 2004 and rehearses regulary in Glasgow. All are ethusiastic chamber-music players, freelance musicians and Friends of Benmore Botanic Garden. Ben Buurman and Julie Briggs (violin), Gill Maclean (viola) and Philip Norris (cello). The programme will last aproximately 40 minutes. The Grazioso String Quartet have kindly given their time for free, donations for the Grazioso String Quartet welcome.Find out more
The House of Aigas has a small arboretum of named Victorian specimen trees and modern additions. The garden consists of extensive rockeries, herbaceous borders, ponds and shrubs. Aigas Field Centre rangers lead regular guided walks on nature trails through woodland, moorland and around a loch. Teas will be available in the main house, as well as ranger-led nature walks and a small plant sale.
Champion Trees: Douglas fir, Atlas cedar and Sequoiadendron giganteum
Directions: Four and a half miles from Beauly on the A831 Cannich/Glen Affric road.
Proceeds to Highland Hospice: Aird Branch 60%
A gentle walk through the Garden with RBGE lecturer, Phil Lusby, to look at what native Scottish plants can be found. Also some of the commoner mosses, which are so abundant will also be focued upon. Meet at the covered notice board just past the cafe,Find out more