Gardens - Scotland
A garden for all seasons
spectacular mountainside setting climbing to 450í on the
Cowal Peninsula, this has a world-famous collection of
plants from regions ranging from the Orient and the Himalaya
to North and South America. Over 300 species of
Rhododendron, mainly from Bhutan, thrive in the damp, mild
climate. These flower until August and are complemented by
the many different flowering trees, especially the
Eucryphias. Over a third of the hardy conifer species in the
world can be found growing here, making this a garden for
all seasons. Visiting made us realise just how effectively
trees, especially conifers and shrubs can be be in giving a
garden interest throughout the year.
The impressive avenue of giant redwoods, planted in 1863 provides a dramatic entrance to the gardens.
A network of footpaths leads through the gardens with their Victorian fernery and a large pond with a fountain.
The golden gates have been restored to their full glory.
We visited on a dull and damp day so didnít see the garden at its best. Along with Logan Botanic Garden, it is one of the outstations of the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh and well worth visiting..
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