The new facilities will provide the space and specifications needed to care for some of Inverewe Garden’s plant collection. The garden features specimens including Wollemi pines from Australia, New Zealand daisy bush (Olearia), Tasmanian Eucalypts, Rhododendrons from China, Nepal and the Indian subcontinent and the Himalayan Blue poppy (Meconopsis) and Primula collections.
The contract will be awarded in January.
Head gardener Kevin Ball said: "This is fantastic news for the garden, for our plant collection and for the team here who are dedicated to ensuring that this fantastic places flourishes for years to come."
Glasshouses are essential at Inverewe Garden because of its founder, Osgood Mackenzie’s, pioneering approach to plant collecting, which included importing many tropical and half-hardy species which need the right conditions to propagate. The new facilities will ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy these rare and exotic plants.
"The current glasshouses are beyond economic repair and also completely unsuitable for the needs of modern gardening. When the new facilities are ready, we will be well-equipped to maintain the plant collection for decades to come and we may even have the opportunity to follow the founder’s pioneering spirit and push our planting boundaries even further."
Work on the new facilities begins in spring 2016. The £530,000 project is the latest investment from the National Trust for Scotland on site. The charity is also in the midst of a conservation and restoration project at Inverewe House. The £1.5 million project will see the house open to visitors for the first time in Spring 2016 providing a significant improvement to the interpretation and visitors’ experience of this unique garden.