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Gardens in Scottish Borders

Carolside

Carolside is an 18th-century mansion set in beautiful parkland in a romantic setting in a beautiful valley in the Scottish borders. Carolside is best known for it's soft and delicate herbaceous planting in subtle colour schemes and striking delphinium beds in an oval walled garden housing an historical collection of ancient Roses including a National collection of pre-1900 Gallicas with all roses represented in this garden.

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Little Sparta

Set in the Pentland Hills, near Edinburgh, Little Sparta is Ian Hamilton Finlay’s greatest work of art. Finlay moved to the farm of Stonypath in 1966 and, in partnership with his wife Sue Finlay, began to create what would become an internationally acclaimed garden across seven acres of a wild and exposed moorland site.

Collaborating with stone carvers, letterers and at times other artists and poets, the numerous sculptures and artworks created by Finlay, which are all integral to the garden, explore themes as diverse as the sea and its fishing fleets, our relationship to nature, classical antiquity, the French Revolution and the Second World War. Individual poetic and sculptural elements, in wood, stone and metal, are sited in relation to carefully structured landscaping and planting. In this way, the garden in its entirety is the artwork.

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Dryburgh Abbey – HES

In light of updated Scottish Government advice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), Historic Environment Scotland have taken the decision to close public access to our staffed properties and offices until further notice.

Wander among the graceful ruins of this beautiful Borders abbey set beside the River Tweed and truly enjoy the diverse gardens which really do offer something for everyone including the Dryburgh Yew, reputedly one of Scotland's most ancient trees

The year begins in February with the Snowdrop festival which offers visitors a great opportunity to see the snowdrops sitting in contrast to the winter aconites with their beautiful yellow colouring.

Early spring sees the Daffodils in bloom and when you take a look from the River Tweed towards the abbey there is a wonderful view of yellows and greens. This coming year will see the return of our wild grass meadow where we hope that nature will take its course and self-seed.
One of the most picturesque times of year to visit is in the autumn when the leaves are changing colour on the trees. A fantastic sight!

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Monteviot

Monteviot's Gardens provide an extraordinary foreground to the wonderful background which is the curving and winding River Teviot and the hills beyond. They consist of a number of distinct gardens each leading to the next designed to display interesting and special plants, great colour, and innovative designs and ideas. Generally there is a great variety of daffodils in the spring, striking displays of fritillaries, a large collection of interesting and specialist shrubs and trees, and a constant imaginative use of water features to complement the river below. They rank among the most interesting gardens in the Scottish Borders.

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Priorwood Garden & Dried Flower Shop – NTS

Many of our gardens are alive with fresh blooms, but there's only one dedicated to the art of dried flower arranging, and that's Priorwood. Pick up tips in the workshop, choose your own arrangements to take home, or simply enjoy the colours, scents and history. Especially beautiful in spring, come enjoy the blossoms and pause for a picnic within sight of the ruins of Melrose Abbey.

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Kailzie Gardens

Situated 2.5 miles from Peebles town centre on the B7062, Kailzie Gardens in the Scottish Borders are open 7 days a week throughout the year.

In their seasons, including the display of Snowdrops, Daffodils and sheets of Bluebells, the Gardens provide a rich variety of colour and charm for both the keen gardener, and for the visitor simply wanting to enjoy a beautiful garden in peaceful surroundings.

Apart from the gardens, principal attractions for a day out include live viewing of the Tweed Valley Ospreys (Easter to end of August), the restaurant, a larder shop, plant sales, Children's Corner, putting green and a picnic area. Contact the gardens directly for more information 01721 720007.

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Abbotsford

Abbotsford's three walled gardens were designed by Sir Walter Scott in the 1820's to surround his 'Conundrum Castle' and remain virtually intact today.

The South Court was an exercise in new ideas exploring the transition from inside to outside, with a gallery of stone, an arcade with 144 botanical motifs and a fountain (planted to represent flowing wine). The kitchen garden has been in continuous cultivation, with a colourful herbaceous borders, trained fruit and heritage vegetables and a beautiful Gothic conservatory based on a medieval pavillion. The East Court is a quiet, sunken garden flanked by the lofty castle-like east facade, with its charming clairvoyee and flag-tower-cum-fruit and seed store. The North Terrace offers views to the River Tweed and is a start point for woodland and riverside walks around the 120 acres of designed Picturesque landscape.

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Philiphaugh Garden

Philiphaugh Garden, situated 2 miles West of Selkirk, in 1899 was the second biggest walled garden in Scotland. Now fully restored the garden produces flowers, fruit, bedding plants, vegetables for sale to the public. The Waterwheel cafe and Salmon Viewing Centre are situated close by and well worth a visit.
Philiphaugh Gardens is pleased to welcome Selkirk Gin Distillers, who have just opened a craft distillery in the Old Joinery building on the Philiphaugh Estate. Products from the garden will be incorporated to make the gin. The first batch of Reiver's Gin has already been produced. Why not visit the distillery after leaving the gardens.

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Harmony Garden – NTS

Surrounded by walls and screened by trees, the garden at Harmony is perfectly in tune with nature. With manicured lawns and scented borders, and magnificent views across to Melrose Abbey and the Eildon Hills, this is a truly idyllic setting. Step out of normal life and into somewhere more colourful, relaxing and balanced.

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Floors Castle Gardens & Grounds

The gardens at Floors are a delight to explore with fine herbaceous borders, fruit trees and meandering paths. The Walled Garden is a showpiece of seasonal colour and interest. Rooted in our fascinating history, the glasshouses date back to the 1850s and continue to grow plants and fruit for the Castle. Come and see our new developments in the gardens, including a substantial oak-framed fruit cage and new Tapestry garden.
Inspired by the French-style parterre, this lovely garden, enclosed by the walled garden and beautiful Rhododendrons, features the intertwining initials of the present Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe. Wander up to the top terrace, planted with old varieties of apple trees, where you will find an enchanting summer house, the Queen's House. Built in 1867for Queen Victoria to take afternoon tea, this beautiful building, as well as the garden, is available for private hire.

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Portmore Gardens

Set at 800 feet in the wonderful Peebleshire countryside, the old Victorian gardens at Portmore have been recreated by the current owners Mr and Mrs David Reid over the past 30 years.

The 1.5 acre Walled Garden, which is at its height between mid July to August, has splendid double herbaceous borders, a potager, rose garden, pleached lime walk, ornamental fruit cages and much more. There are large Edwardian glasshouses which contain an Italianate Grotto with ferns and exotic plants. Outside the Walled Garden is the Water Garden with specimen trees and shrubs leading to a Woodland Walk and views of the Borders landscape. Below the house lies a formal garden of yew hedges with a water feature and box parterre.

Featured in Kenneth Cox's Scotland for Gardeners, starred in the Good Gardens Guide and various magazines including The English Garden May 2013.

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Dawyck Botanic Garden

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Dawyck Botanic Garden is home to one of Scotland's finest tree collections including some of Britain's oldest and tallest trees. The 65-acre Garden offers woodland and burnside walks and is renowned for its seasonal displays of snowdrops, bluebells, rhododendrons, azaleas, Himalayan poppies and autumn colour. Visitors can enjoy themed trails and follow the adventures of plant explorers such as David Douglas, after whom the Douglas fir is named - ideal for all the family.

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