Galloway's garden route creates showcase for diverse collection

Partnership seeks to encourage joint visits to six garden landscapes in south-west Scotland.

Ardwell Gardens on Scotland's Garden Route. Image: Scotland's Garden Route
Ardwell Gardens on Scotland's Garden Route. Image: Scotland's Garden Route

Six gardens in south-west Scotland have joined forces to form Scotland's Garden Route with the aim of encouraging garden enthusiasts to visit each site.

The gardens in the Galloway region - Logan Botanic Garden, Castle Kennedy Gardens, Dunskey Gardens, Glenwhan Gardens, Logan House Gardens and Ardwell Gardens - are all located within an 8km radius and are in walking distance from each other.

The group's chairman, Tony Brewis of Ardwell Gardens said forming a garden route in Scotland would raise awareness of the unique collection of gardens in the area as well as the wide variety of planting, landscaping, events and experiences.

"It is the wealth and diversity that makes the gardens of Galloway so special. We are delighted to be working together to showcase the outstanding gardening experiences that this part of Scotland offers," Brewis maintained.

"Gardening insiders have known about our corner of Scotland for a long time, and all of the gardens are individually renowned for their impressive and unusual collections," he added.

"By encouraging people to include visits to several gardens within their holiday itinerary, our goal is to inspire and enthral visitors with the beautiful landscapes that generations of talented gardeners have created."

Commenting on the partnership, Logan Botanic Garden curator Richard Baines said: "The idea behind this project is to make people more aware of the unique garden experience offered in Galloway."

He added: "The warming influence of the Gulf Stream allows all six gardens to grow a wide variety of plants that are seldom seen grown outdoors in Scotland, making this part of the country a true plantsman's paradise."

GALLOWAY'S GARDENS

  • Ardwell Gardens
  • Castle Kennedy Gardens
  • Dunskey Gardens
  • Glenwhan Gardens
  • Logan Botanic Garden
  • Logan House Gardens

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