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Summer Garden Visits

Summer Garden Visits


It may have been the coldest spring for fifty years but June has been wonderful and gardens are catching up. Get out and visit some of the best Scotland has to offer.


Garden visits are a wonderful way to seek inspiration and all those in our pick for June and July are open as part of Scotland’s Gardens Scheme, helping to raise money for charity.


Tyninghame House, East Lothian


The Secret Garden, Tyninghame House.

The Secret Garden, Tyninghame House.


The gardens and estate surrounding the Scottish barional Tyninghame House are amongst only a handful of Scottish gardens that can claim to be outstanding on a truly grand scale.


You could spend an entire day wandering wondrously around, exploring the herbaceous border, formal rose garden, Lady Haddington’s Secret Garden with old fashioned roses, formal walled garden with sculpture and yew hedges.


Further flung from the house, the grounds include a one-mile beech avenue to the sea, “apple walk”, Romanesque ruin of St Baldred’s Church, with views across the Tyne Estuary and Lammermuir Hills.


Good to know: delicious teas are served on site and the lovely Tyninghame Smithy is worth a stop. Tyninghame House and Gardens also featured in our Super Rich and Homeless post.


Scotland’s Gardens Scheme Opening: Sunday 30 June 1:00pm – 5:00pm.


Beneficiaries: Dunbar RNLI receives 40% 30th June 2013, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.




Pittenweem: Gardens in the Burgh, Fife


Contemporary Garden, Pittenweem

Contemporary Garden, Pittenweem. Courtesty Fiona Denholm.


Part of the joy of any village opening is exploring the village itself and Pittenweem with its stepped-gable houses rising from the shore in a series of irregular terraces is a village well worth poking about in.


You’ll find steeply terraced gardens cultivated with great creativity, contemporary design mixing with established traditional gardens, a tiny walled garden and a large recently established herb garden.


Drop into the Larachmhor Tavern on The Shore for prawns landed that morning or the Cocoa Tree Café for coffee and cake.


Good to know: The Pittenweem Arts Festival kicks off on Saturday 3 August. Homes, studios and galleries fling open their doors to artisits, ceramicists, photographers and more.


Scotland’s Gardens Scheme Opening: Sunday 30 June 11:00am – 5:00pm



Beneficiaries: Trellis (supporting therapeutic gardening in Scotland) receives 20%, Pittenweem in Bloom receives 20%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.



Anton’s Hill and Walled Garden, Berwickshire


Anton's Hill

Anton’s Hill Garden, Berwickshire.


A large, mature garden featuring wonderful established trees that has been revitalised with new planting and ambitious restoration.  Venture through woodland walks, explore the stumpery – the Victorians loved a stumpery and this is a fine example – and visit the pond.


There are many beautifully planted herbaceous borders, a restored organic walled garden and greenhouse, plus an orchard that is home to over 230 varieties of apple and pear trees.


Good to know: Anton’s Hill and Walled Garden is great place to visit with kids who will undoubtedly enjoy the family of Yew topiary elephants. Children free. Teas on site. Also open by arrangement Wednesday 1 May to Monday 30 September


Scotland’s Gardens Scheme Opening: Sunday 21 July 2:00pm – 5:30pm


Beneficiaries: “Oakfield Ltd” Home for people with special needs, Northants receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.


Preston Gardens: Angus Cottage and Cumledge Mill House, Berwickshire


Angus Cottage, Preston, Berwiskshire.

Angus Cottage Garden, Preston, Berwiskshire.


Two more beautiful gardens also open in Berwickshire in July.


Angus Cottage was created a little over a decade ago and is now maturing into a wonderful, traditional garden with year round interest. It continues to evolve, through the skill and care of its devoted owner and gardener. Special features include; raised beds, gravel garden, long, deep and curving herbaceous borders, a rose arch and pergola. The wonderful collection of scented roses includes; James Galway, Munstead Wood and Scepter’d Isle. Trees, shrubs and an elevated stone terrace bring structure to the garden.


A large stone Victorian property, and originally tied to a blanket factory Cumledge Mill House was sold on in the 1970’s. Having changed hands several times it is now, once again in the hands of the original owning family. The surrounding garden is of traditional character with mature trees, herbaceous borders and laws. Recently a stone wall has been built to enclose the garden.


Good to know: Having explored the gardens, refreshments is on hand in Preston Village Hall – as everyone knows, garden visiting is nothing without good home baked cakes and a cup of tea. There’s also a plant stand for inspired purchases.


Scotland’s Gardens Scheme Opening: Sunday 14 July 2:00pm – 5:30pm


Beneficiaries: Macmillan Cancer Support receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.



Bradystone House, Perth and Kinross



Bradystone House, Perth and Kinross.

Bradystone House, Perth and Kinross.


An inspirational cottage garden that has evolved over 16 years from derelict farm steadings. Informally planted shrubs, trees, climbers, roses and herbaceous in wonderful combinations that vary with the seasons. Beautiful stone and hard landscaping softened by the billowing plants. Every nook and cranny is stuffed full of beauty – so many ideas to steal.


Ducks and hens are free to wander the ponds and gardens which seems to survive the scratching attentions of the chooks.


Good to know: If you can’t make the Scotland’s Gardens dates, Bradystone is open by arrangement throughout the year. See the Scotland’s Gardens website for further details.


Scotland’s Gardens Scheme Opening: Thursday 27 June, Thursday 4 July and Thursday 11 July 11:00am – 4:00pm.


Beneficiaries: Canine Partners receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.


Birken Cottage, Aberdeenshire


Birken Cottage, Aberdeenshire

Birken Cottage, Aberdeenshire

Another stunning cottage garden to fall in love with. A single acre jam packed with plants. A place created by love and devotion, perhaps even obsession.

Here gardening on a steep slope is transformed from a problem into an advantage allowing visitors to more easily appreciate the skilled, colourful planting.  Distinct areas include damp, marginal planting beside the stream in the gully, woodland area, sun drenched terraces and dense herbaceous borders.


Good to know: While you’re out looking at gardens why not also visit the lovely Leith Hall Garden, worth it for the beautiful moon gate alone.  Leith Hall is a National Trust property with a restaurant for lunch, open all year round.


Scotland’s Gardens Scheme Opening: Sunday 28 July 2:00pm – 6:00pm


Beneficiaries: The Friends of the Cruickshank Botanic Garden receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.


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