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FRIDAY, 16TH SEPTEMBER 2011
Gardens in Scotland

Flora and fauna may flourish in abundance out on the wild highlands of Scotland, yet the manicured botanical gardens found within her bustling cities, and the picturesque parks of quaint seaside towns combine two aspects of Scottish culture in perfect harmony. Art and nature. We take inspiration from both, to create areas of exquisite beauty for serenity, peace and rejuvenation, and many of Scotland's own such gardens could arguably rival those at fashionable Kew, London, or Monet's in the North of France.

 

Purple Flower - flckr - xlibberSt. Andrews Botanic Garden, St. Andrews
Founded by St. Andrews University  in 1889, the botanical gardens originally encompassed just 0.25 acres with just 78 beds. Today, St. Andrews Botanic Garden represents over a hundred years of cultivation, experimentation and evolution, offering a hidden gem of over 18 acres to be explored. The 'Wood Garden' portrays years of cultivation, of over 80 rhododendron species, and gently sloping beds that fall away from the meandering paths. The 'Water Garden' presents a sensory overload of fragrant aromas, trickling falls and a spectrum of colours created by the stunning 'White Skunk Cabbage', water lilies, and yellow pond petata. For exotic plants and wildlife, the climate controlled 'glass corridors' are a heavenly experience. www.st-andrews-botanic.org  For St Andrews cottages.

 

 

Alpine House at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - flckr - brewbooksRoyal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
Beset within a hillside at Inverleith Row, just under a mile from the city of Edinburgh; the 17th Century Royal Edinburgh Botanic Garden is the second only in age to those at Kew, London. With over two acres of rock gardens; the largest 'Palm House' in Britain, and one of the largest collections of Himalayan Rhododendrons, Edinburgh is a botanical garden with world-class presence. The 'Plants and People House' is home to the infamous  exotic  'Giant Victoria Amazonica Water Lily', as well as a conservational area and 'living rainforest'.  www.rbge.org.uk   Holiday cottages near Edinburgh.

 

 

 

Leith Hall Gardens, Aberdeenshire - flckr - Karen V BryanLeith Hall Gardens, Huntly, Aberdeenshire
At just over six acres, Leith Hall may not be one of Scotland's larger botanical gardens, yet it is not without it's interesting quirks and eccentricities. The gardens are the secluded gem of former mansion house Leith Hall, and feature an abundance of fragrant herbaceous borders planted with blue cat-mint, dense rose bushes and traditional herbs. To the front of the gardens, is the circular 'Moon Gate' of Chinese origin, which affords stunning views across the surrounding countryside. Leith's 'Pictish Stones' depicting ancient artworks, should also not be missed.  www.nts.org.uk  Cottages in Aberdeenshire.

 

 


Castle Kennedy Gardens, Stranraer, Wigtownshire
Ruinous Castle Kennedy (just 5 miles from Stranraer) provides the romantic ivy-clad backdrop to one of Scotland's lesser known gems. Set within the fertile grounds of the former Lochinch Estate, Castle Kennedy Gardens have bloomed in part, due to the temperate climate of the area (influenced by the Gulf Stream.) The sprawling 18th Century landscaped gardens stretch across 75 acres of parkland, linking both the White and Black Lochs, with the immaculate Dancing Green lawn in the foreground. The sloped Belvedere and battlements will be of particular interest to history enthusiasts, since they were intended as a military lookout.  www.castlekennedygardens.co.uk  For somewhere to stay near Wigtownshire.

 

One of the Gardens, Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, Western Scotland - flckr - ChristyMacintoshMount Stuart Gardens, Isle of Bute
Since it's opening in 1995, the decadent Gothic mansion house, along with it's 300 acres of woodland, has featured as a prominent attraction within the guidebooks for Scotland. Situated on the tranquil Isle of Bute, Mount Stuart was the 19th Century re-build for a mansion that dated back to the domination of the Stuart's, within the English/ Scottish monarchy. Today the substantial, breathtaking gardens are renowned for the 'Via Dolorosa', a replicated walk symbolic of Christ's journey to Calvary; the 'Pinetums', a garden of trees, most over 200 feet in height; and the 'Wee Garden', a formal plantation that includes the first Giant Carnellia to bloom in Britain.  www.mountstuart.com Holiday cottages on the Isle of Bute.

 

 

 

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