New openings for Scotland's Gardens programme in 2015

A northerly coastal plantsman's retreat, gardens at one of Scotland's most famous castles, a bee-friendly garden and a glenside water garden are all opening for the first time to visitors in 2015 for the Scotland's Gardens programme.

2 Durnamuck, Wester Ross
2 Durnamuck, Wester Ross

They are joined by 58 other new gardens opening to the public for the charity across Scotland, along with over 530 gardens that have opened their garden gates in previous years. Walled kitchen gardens, community growing projects, seaside plots, grand Scottish estates as well as urban and countryside gardens will be opening.

The 2015 Scotland's Gardens programme includes more than 30 gardens opening for the Scottish Snowdrop Festival during February and March, two new garden trails in May/June across Angus and Fife, and around the village of Humbie, in the Lammermuir Hills in East Lothian, three new Orkney garden trails showcasing 17 gardens and an Autumn Gathering event in Stirling on 1 October with three speakers.

Scotland's Gardens chief executive Paddy Scott said: "The gardens of Scotland are incredibly diverse as the landscape and climate differs dramatically from other parts of the UK and so our programme offers a real treat for garden lovers, no matter where you live."

Scotland's Gardens, formerly known as Scotland's Gardens Scheme, raises money for other worthy charities by facilitating the opening of large and small gardens of horticultural interest throughout Scotland to the public. Most are privately owned and are normally inaccessible to the public at other times. Garden listings can be found in the Scotland's Gardens 2015 Guidebook.

In the last three years, more than £1 million has been raised for charity by Scotland's Gardens. Forty per cent of funds go to charities nominated by each garden owner with the net remainder being donated to Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres, the Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland, The Gardens Fund of the National Trust for Scotland and Perennial.

Top 10 new openings for 2015

1. Glamis Castle, Angus

2. Fasnacloich, Argyll

3. Mucklejocks, Orkney

4. Schoolquoy, Orkney

5. St Mary's Farm, Fife

6. Kamares, Glasgow

7. Glenlivet, Kirkcudbright

8. The Steading, Perth & Kinross

9. 2 Durnamuch, Wester Ross

10. Old Allangrange, nr Inverness

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