Garden gates are open for you

Mary and Douglas Lindsay own the garden at Dal An Eas, Kilmore, open to the public as part of the Open Gardens scheme. Photo by Nick Edgington

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Gorgeous gardens are opening their gates giving the public a chance to enjoy the fruits of others’ labours and donate to great causes.

Scotland’s Gardens Scheme will see many gardens across Argyll opening to the public once again after months of lockdown, with gardeners having been hard at work to make their usually private gardens even more beautiful for visitors. And the outdoor spaces have all been risk-assessed too.

From the castle gardens at Inveraray to Barochreal at Kilninver, Dal an Eas at Kilmore and Malochy’s Garden at Lochavich, Taynuilt, there is lots to see.

Colourful displays at Dal An Eas garden, Kilmore, as part of the Open Gardens scheme. Photograph: Nick Edgington
Calming waters at Dal An Eas, Kilmore. Photograph: Nick Edgington

The scheme’s Yvonne Anderson said: ‘To those who are uninitiated to Scotland’s Gardens Scheme, this is your opportunity
to get out and visit private gardens, enjoy the fruits of garden owners labours and
donate to great causes.

‘Beauty in abundance can be seen across the county at the moment. Treat yourself
to a wander through gardens which are feeling fresh, lush, vibrant and peaceful.
Look out for The Maples, Alstromeria, Astilbe, Hydrangea, Primula Lysamachia,
Pieris, Agapanthus and Japanese Anenome, all offering a nodding riot of colour and
texture.

‘At Barochreal, you will see a burgeoning group of four beehives, soon to be five,
producing amazing honey. While you are there, ask Toni and Nigel about Philomena
the new queen bee who has revolutionised the colony.

‘At Maolachy, Georgina has been feverishly busy with her hillside garden, secret
paths, polytunnel, vegetable and fruit gardens and her wild flowers with their herby
aromas – Woodsage, Bugle, Tormentil, Stitchwort, Hawkweed and Speedwells. Look
out for wonderful wildlife too – bullfinches with their brilliant red plumage, bluejay,
red squirrel, siskin and song thrush.

‘At Druimneil, Port Appin, marvel at the vast, mature trees that tower behind the house, their scale providing a breathtaking architecture to the garden. A clifftop pathway leads
the eye across undulating lawns, herbaceous borders, a pond and stream to a blue
streak of Loch Linnhe and Morven Hills beyond.

‘Come to Dal An Eas at Kilmore and discover a beautiful pond, burn and pool, wildflower meadow with native orchids and vegetable plot. Mary and Dougie will show you grassy paths that lead to waterfalls, views and ancient archaeological sites.’

At Inverary Castle Gardens, there is a wonderful collection of colourful shrubs and ancient specimens of oak, beech, sweet chestnut, larch, fir and cedar in a unique fairytale castle setting.

Some gardens are open on specific days, some are open all year, others by
arrangement – just make a phone call.

Details of local garden openings can be found at www.scotlandsgardens.org/find-a-garden

Opening daily for the rest of the season or all year: An Cala, Ardkinglas , Ardmaddy, Ardtornish, Bargillean’s ‘Angus Garden’, Druimneil.

Opening on specific days: Achnacloich – Saturdays, Baile Geamhraidh – Wednesday and Saturdays until October 1.

Inverary Castle Gardens are open Fridays through to Mondays.

Those opening by arrangement are Barochreal, Dal an Eas, Knock Newhouse and
Maolachy’s Garden. Give them a ring to arrange. All contact numbers are on the
website. Visitors guidance regarding Covid is also on that site.

Yvonne added: ‘Immerse yourself in the healthy outdoors and take a day out in our gardens! Our garden owners are ready to welcome you. Our charity depends on your visits and donations through the website so, thank you to all those who continue to support us, particularly during recent months.

‘You can also visit many of our gardens virtually and donate. Over a hundred virtual
garden visits can be found on our new YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/c/ScotlandsGardensScheme’