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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 of year is rewarded by the freshest of green beech leaves and the magnificent sight of the earliest flowering rhododendrons including Rhododendron strigilosum and Rhododendron oreodoxa.

As the season progresses and temperatures rise, the Garden comes alive with bursts of vibrant colours provided by bluebells, Dawyck’s infamous collection of Himalayan Blue Poppies (Meconopsis) and rhododendrons.  It is the Azalea Terrace which steals the show later in the season, in late May/early June time. The riot of vibrant colour provided by the plants is shown off against the background of the greens of the Garden landscape. Dawyck is in the Scottish Borders, just eight miles from Peebles.  It is a five star Garden with a superb visitor centre which includes a shop, exhibition space and wonderful restaurant overlooking the Garden.