Visit Perthshire, known as “Big Tree Country” to discover wonderful gardens bursting with colour and interest all year round. Perthshire boasts some of Scotland’s most spectacular gardens- from landscaped estates to colourful grounds blooming with rare and exotic plants.
Starting from Perth, discover the floral oasis of Branklyn Gardens which is under the care National Trust for Scotland and is home to a collection of rare and unusual plants. Perth city also has a series of three parks on the north bank of the River Tay – Norie-Miller Park, Rodney Gardens and Bellwood Riverside Park which are a backdrop for a collection of flora themed sculptures including three works by David Wilson, which were inspired by the writings of the town planner and botanist Patrick Geddes.
Scone Palace has an exciting and colourful history as one of Scotland’s most important stately homes. It was a Pictish capital, a seat of parliaments and the crowning place of Scottish Kings, including Macbeth and Robert The Bruce. The Palace houses an outstanding collection of antiques, paintings and rare artefacts while the grounds are renowned throughout the world. Try and find your way out of the Murray Star Maze or take specialist garden tour with the Head Gardener.
Just a short drive away, see one of the finest collections of rhododendrons and azaleas, learn of the fascinating world of hybridising at Glendoick Garden, listed as one of Europe’s Top 50 gardens by the Independent on Sunday and enjoy a selection of gifts, Scottish food and drink at the Glendoick Garden Centre and Foodhall.
Delight in Perthshire’s spectacular scenery as you head north towards Pitlochry. Follow in the footsteps of famous Scottish plant hunters as you meander through the exotic Explorers Garden in Pitlochry, where this unique garden celebrates their amazing contribution to the way modern gardens look today. Wander around the sumptuous grounds of Blair Castle which feature a walled garden, a peaceful wooded grove, a ruined kirk, a red deer park and a whimsical gothic folly. Don’t miss Britain’s widest conifer,a magnificent Wellingtonia, at Cluny House, near Aberfeldy and then visit the burn garden of Bolfracks also near Aberfeldy and its stunning views over the Tay Valley. Finally enjoy a beautiful drive to Crieff, where you’ll find Drummond Gardens, one of Europe’s finest formal garden which has all the characteristics of a courtly, 17th century
Scottish Renaissance garden.
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