Scotland's Gardens

(Above image is a capture of Drummond Castle Garden, near Crieff.)

Gardening in Scotland has a provenance dating back, possibly, two millennia to a time when the Romans introduced horticulture to Britain. These early skills were subsequently developed and refined; firstly by monks and nuns in medieval times, the landed aristocracy, self-sufficient country houses and the great plant collectors of Victorian times (19th century). More recently, gardening has developed into an art form as manifested in the somewhat esoteric Garden of Cosmic Speculation near Dumfries.

Gardens in Scotland open to the public now extend to approximately one hundred in total. For ease of reference the principal gardens are listed below, segregated by geographic area.

Highlands and Islands

Achamore Gardens, Achnacloich Garden, An Cala Garden, Ardanaiseig Garden, Adchattan Priory, Ardtornish Garden, Arduaine Garden, Balmoral Castle Garden, Barguillean Garden, Brodick Castle Garden ( Isle of Arran), Brodie Castle Garden, Bught Floral Hall, Cawdor Castle Garden, Crarae Gardens, Dunrobin Castle Garden , Dunvegan Castle Garden  ( Isle of Skye), Inveraray Castle Garden, Hugh Miller’s Cottage, Inverewe Gardens, Kilmory Castle Gardens, Lochalsh Woodland Garden, Stonefield Castle Hotel, Torosay Castle Garden (Isle of Mull).

Cawdor Castle Garden, Nairn

Dunrobin Castle, Golspie.

Dunvegan Castle Garden, Skye

 Inverewe Garden, Poolewe, Achnasheen.

North East Scotland

Brechin Castle Garden, Castle Fraser Garden, Craigievar Castle, Crathes Castle, Fyvie Castle Garden,Garden, Drum Castle Garden, Edzell Castle Garden, Haddo House Garden, House of Dun, Kildrummy Castle Garden, Leith Hall, Pitmedden Garden.

Crathes Castle, Banchory

 Central Scotland

Ardkinglas Woodland Garden, Bell’s Cherrybank Garden, Blairhoyle, Branklyn Garden, Cambo House, Carnell Garden,Cluny House Garden, Colzium-Lennox Estate (Arboretum and Walled Garden), Culross Palace, Culzean Castle Garden, Drummond Castle, Earlshall Garden, Falkland Palace, Finlaystone House, Geilston House Garden, Glasgow Botanic Garden, Glenarn Garden, Glenfarg Community Garden, Greenbank Garden, Hermitage Garden, Hill House Garden, Hill of Tarvit Garden, House of the Binns, Inveresk Lodge Gardens, Jane Welsh Carlyle House Garden, Kellie Castle Garden, Kinross Garden, Malleny Garden, The Pineapple, Pitlochry Explorers Garden, Pollok House Garden, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Newhailes Garden,  St. Andrews Botanic Garden, St.Mary’s Pleasance, Scone Palace Garden, Sir Douglas Bader Garden for the Disabled, Strone Garden, Younger Botanic Garden.

Ardkinglas Woodland Garden, Argyll.

 Hill House, Helensburgh

 Hill of Tarvit, Cupar.

 Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

South West Scotland

Arbigland Garden, Ardwell House, Bargany Garden, Broughton House Garden, Glenwhan Garden, Harmony Garden, Lochinch and Castle Kennedy, Logan Botanic Garden, Threave School of Gardening.

South-East Scotland

Abbotsford Garden, Dawyck Botanic Garden, Dirleton Castle, Floors Castle Garden, Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Kailzie Garden, Little Sparta Garden, Manderston, Mellerstain Garden, Monteviot Garden, Priorwood Garden.

 Abbotsford House, Melrose, Scottish Borders.

 Dirleton Castle, East Lothian

 Floors Castle, near Kelso.

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