With some hail and sleet this week we’re being positive and hoping Spring is just around the corner. So, to share our positive outlook we thought we’d introduce some of our favourite gardens throughout the Trust to brighten up the day. We were going to do a top five which sounded perfect but we couldn’t decide and so it’s ended up having to be a top six.
We’ve picked them at random so there’s no favourites just six great spots to enjoy a sunny day and walk amongst some beautiful spaces.
So, here goes…
1. Inverewe Garden
This one had to be on the list. There is no way we can miss out the Highlands premier garden. Inverewe, on the west coast of Scotland is a pretty special place for a number of reasons. Created in 1862 Inverewe has its own special climate making it a secret oasis and allowing plants to grow that you would never expect. And secondly, the drive over is gorgeous. Winding through the majestic mountains before dropping down to come out on the coastal estate is beautiful.
2. Threave Garden
Skipping from the top of the country to the borders. More a series of gardens than just one Threave has been created over the years by students from the Trusts School of Heritage Gardening. It is home to a lovely secret garden, walled garden, glasshouses, terraced rose garden, azalea walk, rhodedendron garden and much more. The diversity of habitats allows Threave to host ospreys and is designated as a Bat Reserve for the wildlife enthusiasts out there.
3. Crathes Castle and Gardens
With a 240 hectare estate Crathes Castle offers a lot with six trails to explore. However, our highlight is probably the yew hedges as they stand out framing the croquet lawns. We do want to try and visit in Autumn though where apparently the Katsura tree drops its leaves with an aroma of toffee apples. Sounds lovely.
4. Brodie Castle
This one had to be included because its a garden we know so well and visit so often being just 20 minutes down the road. The gardens are famous for their daffodils and in fact they actually host the royal collection of daffodils. In its hay day Brodie had over 400 different types of daffodils growing on the grounds and the team are slowly trying to grow this collection back up. There’s also a lovely pond walk and for the, little and big, kids a great adventure playground.
5. Greenbank Garden
We chose this little garden again for more personal reasons. Having studied in Glasgow this was just a short stop down the road and a nice place to relax away from the city. If you visit be sure to sit by the fountains on a hot day and let the water cool you down or take a wander and find the lovely snowdrops that use to pop up across the grounds in winter.
6. Pitmedden Garden
Like Crathes Castle this garden in situated out towards Aberdeen and the Great Garden is definitely the highlight. Annual bedding plants create elaborate designs which are based from the 17th century. When it’s in full bloom it is spectacular with over 5 miles of box hedging in intricate patterns. Don’t fancy trimming all those hedges!
Hopefully we’ll get some great weather and can head out to some gardens this year. Obviously, this is not a complete list and the National Trust for Scotland has plenty more fantastic gardens to check out at www.nts.org.uk
Until next time fingers crossed for sunshine. As always share, like, tweet, comment and perhaps treat yourself to a cheeky wee ice cream if you can. K & D