Gardens To Visit In Galloway
There are many gardens to visit in Galloway. Apart from Glenwhan Gardens, there are a number of other beautiful gardens open to the public. Six of the gardens belong to the Gardens of Galloway group. Each offers a unique experience and location. All have events, guided walks, activities, and, of course, plants! There are also a number of smaller gardens open to the public. Galloway also has a good number of garden centres.
The Gardens of Galloway
The Gardens of Galloway group consists of; Glenwhan Gardens and – in alphabetical order, the following beautiful gardens:
Surrounding a private 18th century country estate house Ardwell Gardens are a naturally unspoilt and idyllic location. Around 10 miles south of Stranraer with beautiful views over Luce Bay. A number of woodland walks give visitors the opportunity to enjoy the relaxing, unspoilt location
Castle Kennedy Gardens:
Castle Kennedy Gardens are surrounded by water and comprise 75 acres of terraced earthworks and magnificent avenues. Described as ‘one of the showpieces of Galloway’ this is one of Scotland’s most well-known historical gardens.
Dunskey Gardens is a true gardening gem with walled and woodland gardens. The lochs and Victorian glasshouses providing an ever changing palette of colour. From carpets of snowdrops and bluebells in spring to the warm tones of autumn.
Logan Botanic Garden (RHS):
Scotland’s most exotic garden is famous for its botanical treasures from South and Central America, Southern Africa and Australasia. The Potting Shed Bistro won the ‘Dumfries & Galloway Life’ 2015 “Cafe of the Year”.
Logan House Gardens:
Victorian woodland garden. Features champion trees and immaculate sweeping lawns. Pathways that meander through ancient shrubberies and a majestic monkey puzzle avenue.
For more information, links, and details about opening times, for gardens to visit, please see The Gardens of Galloway – Scotland’s Garden Route. All trade names and logos acknowledged.
Additional Gardens To Visit – Quirky, Beautiful, Eclectic.
Opening times may vary as these gardens may be part of Scotland’s Gardens Open Days scheme. Best check before setting off!
Woodfall, known as Galloway’s “Secret Garden“, is an atmospheric 18th Century walled garden at Glasserton, near Whithorn. The walls and surrounding woodland provide shelter and give a sense of security, serenity and seclusion. Woodfall Gardens are owned and maintained by Ross and Liz Muir. The gardens are open on an occasional basis to the public. Check their website for opening times and more information.
Cally Gardens, Gatehouse of Fleet
With over 4,000 perennials, the borders at Cally are not only stock beds and trial grounds for the nursery, but a magnificent display for visitors. There is plenty of interest throughout the year, with good collections of Helleborus and species Paeonia in spring and early summer, Geranium at mid summer, and Agapanthus, Kniphofia and Crocosmia in late summer and autumn. Check their website for opening times and more information.
Claymoddie Garden & Plant Nursery
Claymoddie has been described as “the most romantic garden” in this part of Scotland. An air of timelessness and intimacy. The garden was started from nothing by Robin Nicholson in 1970 on a woodland site. The mature trees now provide the backdrop to a magical garden design and a wide range of well-placed favourites and exotica. Like all gardens, it is an unfinished work, constantly expanding and developing. Check their website for opening times and more information.
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