The final summer outing for this year was to Jupiter Artland. It is an amazing place with many fantastic sculptures. Our guide was excellent and explained that the owners Robert and Nicky Wilson encourage artists to choose where they want to position their sculptures in the woodland. As you arrive there is a Charles Jenks sculpture. We were lucky enough to see the International Exhibition by Joana Vasconcelos who had created a shoe from pots and pans and a sculpture from red
On a cloudy but dry August 21st, we set out on our penultimate garden visit of the year, stopping at Uplawmoor Hotel for coffee and scones, then on to our first visit of the day to High Fulwood garden near Stewarton in Ayrshire, owned by Mr & Mrs Illsley who welcomed us most warmly and after informing us of what we were about to see, left us to wander freely though always on hand to answer any questions High Fulwood consisted of four acres, two being of fairly young deciduous
We sallied forth on Wednesday, the 18th to see Wormistoune Garden and Kellie Castle; two gardens that have much in common: both built around historic and noble edifices, both with traditional elements, surprises and peaceful neuks. Wormistoune was a delightful surprise. The property is in private ownership, owned by James and Gemma McCallum, and lovingly restored. The garden also is very obviously a labour of love. Katherine Taylor, the head gardener exuded the joy she and he
Undaunted by the inclement weather, we intrepid gardeners set out on our last garden visits of the year, suitably attired for every eventuality. At out first garden stop we were met by Anne Greenhall, the owner of Lagg House, which is situated adjacent to a farm (fertiliser on tap) and which contains the National Collection of hydrangeas. Undeterred by rain, we marvelled at the beautiful variety of her shrubs, of which she had collected one hundred and fifty variations. Tea,
Wednesday 12th July, dawned beautifully for our two garden visits, and we set off, pleased that nature was on our side for travelling through quaint villages to reach our first destination, Broadwoodside Garden. The garden was created around an old farm steading, which the owners have converted to one of the most beautifully set out gardens. We marvelled at the stunning borders filled to capacity with every plant imaginable, and all managed with the help of only one gardener.
Last week we visited Glendoick House Gardens where there was a spectacular display of rhododendrons and azaleas, many of which were collected and bred by the Cox family, as well as a wide variety of perennials including beautiful, large meconopsis and impressive smilacina racemosa. After lunch at the garden centre cafe we descended on the plants sales area, filling the boot of the coach with our plant purchases. Next stop was Kirkton Craig garden, in Abernyte, a charming 3
HGHS’s first outing of 2017 was a visit to Cambo Estate in Fife during the Annual Snowdrop Season. Snowdrops abound here with around 300 different varieties to be enjoyed in the gardens close to the house and vast carpets of the more common Galanthus Nivalis (single) and Galanthus Flore Pleno (double) mixed with winter aconite and leucojum vernum( Spring Snowflake) lighting up the woodlands on a beautiful sunny day. The walled garden is a delight, even on a cold February day