Drumlanrig Castle Gardens
You’ll enjoy Drumlanrig Castle Gardens whether you’re an avid gardener or a complete novice when it comes to horticulture. Open daily from 10 am to 5pm throughout the season, the lovingly tended 40 acres offer both inspiration and relaxation to everyone. And the garden’s colourful heritage and rich diversity are almost as inspiring as the sights and smells of the plants themselves.
As spring has sprung, this is the time of year to visit the gardens and see the magnificent Magnolia x soulangeana ‘saucer magnolia’, our plant of the month for April.
This is a hardy deciduous flowering tree which bears white chalice shaped flowers stained rose purple at the base. In April, the flowers form before the leaves appear making them particularly stand out.
Plus a new path and double border have recently been created by the gardens team to enhance the old tennis court area and open up views on to the existing gardens. The lawns and new mixed shrub and herbaceous borders now provide a scenic location for private events. The new double border is planted with contrasting foliage and flowering shrubs and climbers to give structure, colour and scent as well as seasonal interest. The shrubs and trees are underplanted with a variety of perennials and spring bulbs extend the colour and interest further.
As you stroll through the formal gardens you can’t help but admire the 183m Long Terrace Walk – along a magnificent stone balustrade that’s famous for growing tender climbing plants.
You can marvel at the restored Victorian glasshouses and the distinctive Heather Houses. Modern additions to the gardens have included a rambling Woodland Garden and magnificent Rhododendron collection. You can even recreate a little piece of the gardens at home with a plant purchase from the gift shop.
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