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Summer Garden Visits

Summer Garden Visits

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Five outstanding gardens to visit this summer.

 

All opening as part of the Scotland’s Garden scheme.

 

Cambo House, Kingsbarns, Fife

 

During the summer months a huge number of us holiday in Europe but in this garden best known for its snowdrops the phenomenon is turned on its head, Europe comes to Cambo: more specifically the influence of the Piet Oudolf and the Dutch and German new perennial movement.

 

Cambo House. Photo credit: Allan Pollock-Morris. Image courtesy; Scotland’s Garden Scheme.

 

Head gardener Elliot Forsyth has transformed the traditional walled garden into a hugely inspiring, painterly assembly of perennials and grasses that grow alongside an outstanding, exuberant potager mixing annuals, perennials, grasses and veg. Surely one of the most impressive and original inclusions in any garden in Scotland.

 

Cambo House. Photo credit: Allan Pollock-Morris. Image courtesy; Scotland’s Garden Scheme.

 

There is also a North American Prairie garden, gorgeous roses, a woodland walk to the beach, tearoom and plant sale.

 

Good to know: There is self-catering accommodation on the Estate, and mid-week the price for keen gardeners drops to £10 per night in return for 4hrs gardening help.

 

Scotland’s Garden Opening Scheme: 1 January – 31 December 10:00am – 5:00pm and open for the Snowdrop Festival 1 February – 16 March, £5.00, children free

 

Beneficiaries: Donation to SG Beneficiaries

 

 

Carolside, Earlston, Etterick and Lauderdale

 

In his book ‘Scotland for Gardeners,’ Kenneth Cox described Carolside as ‘one of Scotland’s finest private gardens,’ and now is the time to see it for Carolside is home to a national collection of pre-1900 Gallica roses. And at this precise moment these gorgeous, romantic will be blooming for all they’re worth, pumping out delicious scent and wooing visitors with their heady blooms.

 

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Rosa Charles de Mills, Carolside. Image courtesy; Scotland’s Garden Scheme.

 

In the walled garden the deep herbaceous borders will also be in full swing, fruits will be forming on the many fruit trees, and you can wonder the parterres admiring the structure that holds it all together.

 

Carolside.

Carolside. Image courtesy; Scotland’s Garden Scheme.

 

Good to know: Gallica roses are tough, disease resistant old shrub roses that flower prolifically over a single period of between 3-6 weeks. Flowers are almost without exception beautifully scented and often followed by plump hips.

 

Scotland’s Garden Opening Scheme: Every Wednesday throughout July: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30th, 11:00am – 5:00pm.

Entrance: £5.00, children free

 

Beneficiaries: Marie Curie Cancer Care receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.

 

Portmore, Peebleshire

 

Although Portmore is a relatively new garden created over the past 24 years by owners David and Chrissie Reid with the help of Head Gardener Ken Kennedy it is most definitely a classical garden. The design incorporates soothing symmetry and formal topiary, a long pleached lime walk is punctuated at either end by swirling classical urns and in the walled gardens the borders are edged in cool green box.

 

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Portmore. Photo credit: Ray Cox. Image courtesy; Scotland’s Garden Scheme.

 

The strong classical structure is softened by beautifully conceived perennial planting in the deep borders and the attention to detail in the combinations of colours, textures and forms is superb. There are lessons for all gardeners here.

 

Portmore. Photo credit: Ray Cox. Image courtesy; Scotland’s Garden Scheme.

 

Good to know: As you wander through the restored Victorian glasshouse admiring the collection of pelargoniums consider that just 20 short years ago it was falling down and trees were growing through the broken roof.

 

Scotland’s Garden Opening Scheme: Every Wednesday throughout July: 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30th, and August: 6, 13, 20 and 27th August 10:00am – 4:00pm. Also by arrangement 1 June – 30 September for groups.

 

Entrance: £5:00

 

Beneficiaries: Tweeddale Youth Action receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.

 

Findrack, Angus

 

Another garden that has recently evolved to an impressively high standard is Findrack, home to Angelica Salvesen and her gardener Brian Sinclair. Together they have created a wonderful garden full of unusual plants and highly creative design elements that sits happily in the Angus hills.

 

Findrack. Photo credit: Ray Cox. Image courtesy; Scotland’s Garden Scheme.

 

At Findrack the wild spirit of the surrounding landscape is ever present and the sense of place is palpable. There is a quirky informality to the garden that is cleverly expressed, as is the case with the old circular doocot that finds its echo in a similarly proportion turret of yew.

 

 

Good to know:  If you want a taste of Findrack you can sneak a peak at the video above, filmed back in 2008.

 

Scotland’s Garden Opening Scheme: Sunday 6 July 2:00pm – 5:00pm.

 

Entrance: £4.50, children under 12 £1.00.

 

Beneficiaries: The Breadmaker receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.

 

 

West Linton Village Gardens, Peebleshire

 

It would be a great shame to not to include a village opening in our list of recommendations. The village garden open days are a unique initiative of the Scotland’s Garden Scheme, they not only bring communities together with a common purpose they are a source of great inspiration to other small scale domestic gardeners and a wonderful social event for villagers and visitors alike.

 

The Cottage

The Cottage, West Linton. Image courtesy; Scotland’s Garden Scheme.

 

This year West Linton promises at least 4 gardens. One of the gardens is open for the first time in many years, featuring a fine selection of roses. Another is an eco-friendly garden using novel techniques and the remaining two gardens are more traditional enjoying fine borrowed views.

 

Good to know: Teas served in the village hall.

Scotland’s Garden Opening Scheme: Sunday 10 August 2:00pm – 5:00pm

 

Entrance: £4:00.

 

Beneficiaries: The Ben Walton Trust receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.

 

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