Garden Expert

Meet Susan Lindsay from Aberdour Castle and Gardens – HES

December 13th 2017

I’m Susan Lindsay and I started my gardening career at 18 years old. I was always interested in art and being outside, so becoming a gardener seemed natural. I was an apprentice with Glasgow City Council in amenity horticulture and then worked for a couple of years in a plant nursery specialising in bedding plants. […]

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Glenwhan Gardens and Arboretum

October 2nd 2017

Glenwhan Gardens & Arboretum: A ‘green and rushy’ place Glenwhan Gardens & Arboretum on the South-Western seaboard may be described as a stunning combination of views, terrain and habitat for the many species of plants and wildlife. Over 160 species of trees from around the world are now well established, making it difficult to remember the […]

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Meet Ian Lamb from Ardtornish

August 3rd 2017

Ardtornish Gardens The garden is over 25 acres and is low-maintenance having one part-time gardener who gets occasional help. Most effort goes to keeping around Ardtornish House looking cared for and to maintaining the extensive lawns. Despite this, it is a wonderful garden and the semi-natural feel is much appreciated by visitors. To me, the […]

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Meet James Hannaford from Inverewe

June 30th 2017

Meet James Hannaford, First Gardener at award winning NTS Inverewe set amongst the rugged landscape of Wester Ross in the North West Highlands of Scotland. At 58˚ north and on the same latitude as Labrador and St Petersburg, Inverewe has been described as ‘an exotic paradise’ with plants from around the world flourishing in the […]

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Meet Andrew Glaister from Castle of Mey

June 2nd 2017

I started my career in gardening whilst still at school by growing vegetables on the railway embankment behind my back garden at home and in my father’s garden. When I left school I studied at the famous Scottish Agricultural College at Auchincruive, Ayrshire and for three years I worked in the lovely gardens situated beside […]

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Meet David Knott from Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

April 25th 2017

Discovering a fascination for rhododendrons By David Knott They say ‘The delicate mauve of a rhododendron flower cannot be imitated in any other flower, but in spite of their beauty, growing them can be challenging’. Rhododendron is a large genus of some thousand known species. They form a large group of plants and come in […]

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Meet Edith Barnes from Drummond Castle

March 31st 2017

The beautiful beech lined main drive leads the visitor to a hidden treasure. This historic garden consists of noble mature trees and a formal Italian-style parterre, centred on a 17th Century sundial attributed to John Mylne, architect and mason to King Charles I. The layout is based on the Saltire with marble statues and fountains […]

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Meet Mary Stansfeld from Dunninald Castle Gardens

February 24th 2017

                Let’s enjoy our gardens more this year   And there’s no better start to the season than the Snowdrop Festival                  All new year’s resolutions aside, this year I have resolved to “just enjoy” my gardens more and not get bogged down by the endless […]

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Meet John and Wendy Mattingley from Cluny House Gardens

November 15th 2016

John and Wendy Mattingley from Cluny House Gardens in front of their 160 years old champion redwood Let nature do its magic Cluny House Gardens evolves naturally and offers treats throughout the seasons John and I have been looking after Cluny full time since 1987 after my parents who, in 1950, began the creation of […]

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Meet Diana Robertson from Drum Castle Garden

July 21st 2016

           Roses are like spoilt teenagers To flourish, they need your love and full attention, but don’t expect to win It is said that if you want beautiful roses in your garden you must carry roses in your heart. For a non-rosarian like myself, this is oh so true. I was brought […]

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