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 her two assistants share in caring for this imaginatively and in places boldly, restored garden and estate.
On entering the walled garden, actual gasps could be heard from our members on seeing the height and depth of colour of the magnificent delphiniums, underplanted so densely that that supports were not visible. Soon we split into the several other paths and sections of the garden, all filled to the brim with triumphant plants and the drowsy hum of contented bees. All around could be found delightful artistic touches, from the imaginatively curved and deceptively sturdy metal details, (gates, lights, plant supports) to the wonderfully varied and playful use of materials in the paths and terraces; stones, gravel and even pantiles were used amongst stone slabs in patterns and pictures to create a constant source of interest beneath our feet. An arched entrance to the garden has been cleverly converted to a moongate, with a stunning view of Fife Ness, and leading visitors to the further areas of the garden, including a ‘lochan’ re –landscaped recently (by Splash Gordon, we’re told!) and already happily occupied by a family of ducks and many plants. This area proved extremely popular for a ‘wee rest’, with several people commenting on the wonderful sense of peace to be found there.