Record number of Scottish gardens to open to the public in 2014

Dirleton Village in East Lothian
Dirleton Village in East Lothian

A record number of gardens, including more than 60 new sites, will open to the public in 2014 as part of the Scotland's Gardens programme.

Around 600 gardens will open for the charity ranging from small seaside gardens on Orkney to grand Perthshire parkland and a productive polytunnel in Argyll.

Many community gardens will be opening to the public including the Dunblane Community Garden, boasting one of the world’s longest hosta borders - and a hosta named after Andy Murray.

Also new for 2014 is the Fife Garden Festival with 10 open gardens on 7 and 8 June, a garden trail in East Lothian featuring 10 gardens on 17 – 21 June and a trail on Orkney with six gardens all open for four successive Sundays over mid-summer 22 June 13 July.

Spring tends to come later in many parts of Scotland and so, during June, at the inland gardens and those on high exposed ground, visitors will get the chance to see late rhododendrons, azaleas, primulas and blue Himalayan poppies, while the coastal gardens should feature roses and burgeoning herbaceous borders.

The Scotland’s Gardens season kicks-off in earnest with snowdrop openings in 28 properties during February and March and runs right through to the winter months.

City homes, large country houses, towering castles, several villages and even remote rural crofts all open their garden gates to visitors to raise money for the Scotland’s Gardens charity, staffed by a team of dedicated volunteers.

Scotland’s Gardens chief executive officer Paddy Scott said: "We’re so pleased to have more gardens opening than ever before which means there really is a garden for every sort of taste. A theme for 2014 is definitely community gardening. An increasing number of amateur gardeners are clubbing together and creating wonderful green spaces for the public to enjoy which is so lovely to see and we hope will encourage even more people to get the gardening bug." 

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