Gardens - Scotland

Benmore Botanic Gardens, Benmore, Argyll

A garden for all seasons

A 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.

Benmore Botanic Gardens, Argyll

The impressive avenue of giant redwoods, planted in 1863 provides a dramatic entrance to the gardens.

Benmore Botanic Gardens,

A network of footpaths leads through the gardens with their Victorian fernery and a large pond with a fountain.

Benmore Botanic Gardens, Argyll

The golden gates have been restored to their full glory.

Benmore Botanic Gardens, Argyll

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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