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    CLUNY GARDEN, PERTHSHIRE SUFFERED HORRENDOUS DAMAGE AFTER STORM ARWEN IN NOVEMBER 2021. IT IS A MAGNIFICENT GARDEN, CARED FOR BY WENDY AND JOHN MATTINGLY. WENDY IS THE DAUGHTER OF BOBBY MASTERTON, AND SHE AND JOHN HAVE CONTINUED TO KEEP THE GARDEN GOING, FULFILLING HIS VISION AND MAKING IT AVAILABLE FOR OTHERS TO ENJOY.

    YOU CAN READ THE STORY ABOUT THE DAMAGE AND THE ENORMOUS JOURNEY THAT IS NEEDED TO TRY AND RECOVER AND REINSTATE THE GARDEN. A GO FUND ME PAGE HAS BEEN SET UP SHOULD YOU WISH TO MAKE A DONATION TO THE RECOVERY, AND HELP GET THE GARDEN OPEN BACK UP AGAIN, SO WE CAN ALL VISIT ONCE MORE.

    Cluny is a peaceful woodland garden created around a few notable policy trees from the 1950s by Bobby and Betty Masterton. Since the late 1980s the garden has continued to be developed by the Mastertons' youngest daughter Wendy and husband John Mattingley. The aspect, slope, soil and weather all provide ideal conditions for growing many species of trees, shrubs, lilies, primulas and arisaemas originating from 2,750 to 3,750 metres in the Himalayas. There is also an interesting variety of North American trees and bulbs. The garden is worked on organic principles with no chemicals used. All beds are hand weeded and copious amounts of leaf mould added to enrich the soil. Native species of woodland plants and wildlife also flourish making Cluny a rather special place with something of interest for everyone.

    How to find us

    From Aberfeldy: cross Wade's bridge on the B846 and after 0.5 mile (800m) turn right towards Strathtay at the Ailean Chraggan Hotel. After 2.5 miles (4km) turn off to the left following the signs and we are 0.5 mile (800m) up the hill.

    From the A9: turn off at Ballinluig towards Aberfeldy on the A827. At Grandtully, cross the bridge following signs to the north side of the river Tay. Stay left after the bridge and left again at Strathtay Stores onto the Weem road. After 3 miles (4.5km), turn off right following the signs and we are 0.5 mile (800m) up the hill.

    Location

    Highlights

    • Spring for drifts of Erythroniums mixed with Trilliums and Asiatic primulas.
    • Colourful candelabra primulas in May with Himalayan poppies and Cobra Lilies.
    • 2 massive Giant Sequoias and other notable trees.
    • Crowds of Martagon lilies in summer plus the stunning Giant Himalayan Lily (3m).
    • Superb autumn colour of maples, birches, lots of Sorbus berries and many fungi.

    Guided tours

    We welcome small pre-arranged groups and a guide will be available if required.

    Group visits

    We can only accommodate small buses and only by prior arrangement.

    Promotional Themes

    • Meconopsis
    • Woodland Gardens
    • Tree Collection/Champion Trees
    • Autumn Colour
    • Winter Gardens / Winter Structure
    • Bluebell Displays
    • Snowdrops
    • Spring bulbs
    • Trilliums
    • Primulas
    • Lilies
    • Red Squirrels
    • Woodland Wildlife

    Opening Times

    Monday: 09:00 - 18:00 Tuesday: 09:00 - 18:00 Wednesday: 09:00 - 18:00 Thursday: 09:00 - 18:00 Friday: 09:00 - 18:00 Saturday: 09:00 - 18:00 Sunday: 09:00 - 18:00

    Dates closed

    Open all year.

    Admission prices

    Adult: £5.00 Child: £1.00

    Facilities

    Picnic area Car park Dog friendly

    Cluny is not suitable for wheelchairs or push chairs. There are many steps and the garden is steep. There are no toilet facilities.

    The garden is dog friendly but dogs must be on a short lead.

    Cluny has a small nursery selling our own home-grown plants.

    Seed from the garden is also available via a seed list from [email protected]
    Seed is also for sale at the garden from March to July.

    Address

    Cluny House Gardens
    Cluny House
    Aberfeldy
    PH15 2JT

    Phone

    07818065966
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