Wednesday 15 – Friday 17 July
Full ticket price £545 (pp based on two people sharing) - Deposit £100.
Join us for a 3 day tour of some of the most iconic Scottish gardens, with exclusive access to The Beechgrove Garden and staying at the Aberdeen Douglas Hotel.
Our first day will start with a delicious two-course lunch, before visiting the Walled Garden at Gordon Castle designed by award-winning designer Arne Maynard.At almost eight acres in size it is one of the oldest and largest kitchen gardens in Britain and has been lovingly restored to its former glory. Herbs, cut flowers, fruit and vegetables are grown within its ancient walls.
We will then visit the beautiful woodland garden at Airdlin Croft which is attractive to wildlife and horticulturally interesting. Figs and peaches are produced. There is a fine collection of Hostas and seedgrown Rhododendrons. In a relatively new section a shelterbelt is protecting plantings of Quercus and Aesculus.
We take a journey through the most spectacular countryside to Logie Steading.
The gardens have been transformed over the years with trees and shrubs and the dry stone walling and woodland allowed the introduction of unusual planting.
We will then make the journey to Cawdor Castle for a two-course lunch. The castle has three very different gardens, each with its own history. The Walled Garden is the oldest, dating back to the Renaissance including a maze using 1200 holly plants. The Flower Garden was laid out in 1710 and contains a few of the original fruit trees and clipped yew hedges. The steep Wild Garden is set amongst the Big Wood trees. To finish off the day, we will be treated to a Whisky tasting...When in Scotland!
The day starts at the home of Scotland’s much loved TV programme, The
Beechgrove Garden. Head Gardener Mairi Rattray will guide us through the
greenhouses, productive veg plots, ponds and specifically designed ornamental
areas. Not open to the public, this is a rare glimpse into a familiar garden.
We will then visit Douneside House for a fine dining lunch with extensive views
across the Grampian Mountains before exploring the gardens. The 17 acre gardens were first laid out by Lady MacRobert in the early 20th Century and include an arboretum, arts and crafts terrace garden, walled garden, rock-pool gardens and more.
- £100 pp deposit (non refundable) required by 6th December to reserve a place, with balance paid by the 1st May
- £110 single supplement applies
- Travel not included to / from Aberdeen, guests to arrange their own travel
- Cancellation policy