Gardens - Scotland
One of the great formal gardens of Scotland
as private pleasure gardens and a C17th status symbol by Sir
Alexander Seton, 1st Baronet of Pitmedden, these are one of
the great formal gardens of Scotland. The house was built in
1860 and is a typical Scottish harled house with crow step
gables. The house is not open to the public apart from the
reception area, shop and a very good tea room on the ground
Behind the house is a large area of grass, with tall specimen trees and a small fountain.
Carefully trimmed beech hedges surround two small parterres with carefully clipped box hedges, gravel and bedding plants.
A row of pyramidal clipped yews lead past the fountain to the walled garden, with a splendid entrance gateway with steps down to the garden.
There are impressive views from the top of the wall down onto the garden. This is divided into four squares, each with a different design and central fountain. The squares are marked out by low clipped beech hedges with lower hedges inside marking out the pattern. There are over five miles of box hedging in the gardens which takes three months to clip. Bedding plants like geraniums, French marigolds and salvia fill in the designs and provide colour.
A central avenue of pyramidal clipped yews leads to a gateway through the wall at the end of the garden. Beyond is woodland.
Cordoned apple trees grow along the walls and there are colourful herbaceous borders along the west and south walls with montbretia, astilbe, monkshead, Japanese anemones, golden rod, geraniums.
At the corners of the north wall are two pavilions. The north west one, called the Thunderhouse Pavilion, has panelled walls, quarry tile floor and a small fireplace. It contains a table and chairs with a selection of gardening books and display panels with some history of the garden.
To the north of the pavilion is a human sundial. An apple tree arch leads along the side of a small herb garden to the farmhouse and stables. The farmhouse kitchen has been furnished about 1800. There is an outside toilet with a bucket and wooden seat.
Across the hallway is the best sitting room with a table covered with a chenille cloth. Easy chairs around the fireplace have Paisley throws over them. There is a grandfather clock and display cabinet with a stuffed bird. A central staircase leads up to a bedroom over the living room with a brass bed, cot and wooden crib. There is a wash stand with bowl and jug. Above the bed is a religious text.
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