Scotlands Gardens

qr codeScotland's Gardens is a registered charity. Created in 1931, we raise funds for other worthy charities by facilitating the opening of large and small gardens of horticultural interest throughout Scotland to the public.
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Meet the garden owner

The Colinton gardens, Edinburgh threw open their garden gates on the 2nd July. These three gardens raised a fantastic sum, £2902, thanks to about 400 visitors!

We caught up with Michael and Caroline Pearson, garden owners and Area organisers, to find out why they open their garden for charity.

What made you decide to open with the Scotland’s Gardens Scheme?

“We enjoy our garden and like to share it with others.   It makes us think about the garden and plan changes.   It makes us keep the garden looking good.   It is enjoyable to meet friends and other gardeners on the day – quite a social event.  We are Edinburgh District area organisers and felt if we had opened our garden we could give better advice to others who were thinking of doing the same.”

Why did you choose to support UK Mercy Ships and The Guide Dog Association (UK)?

“Actually, the charities were chosen by the other garden owners.   Lindsay MacLure had seen a programme about UK Mercy Ships and what they do and had been most impressed.   Also, as a small charity the donation from the garden opening would mean a lot to them.   The Guide Dogs was slightly inspired by a neighbour who trains puppies.”

That’s so lovely, although I’m not sure the guide dog puppies would have been helpful charity volunteers on the open day! What do you know about Scotland’s Gardens Scheme beneficiaries and what do they mean to you?

“We have always had an interest in the Queens Nursing Institute, as we live opposite a house that was a holiday home for them.   We’re very happy to support Maggie’s Centres and the National Trust, they do such great work.”

How lovely to live opposite the old Queen’s Nurses holiday house! It must have been a wonderful space for some rest and relaxation. Thank you Michael and Caroline for your time.

  • UK Mercy Ships provide the world’s largest charitable floating hospital. They bring free medical care to some of the world’s poorest people.
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (UK) aim to provide people who are blind or partially sighted with the same freedom of movement as everyone else, by way of their world-famous guide dogs.

The 2018 opening of The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

We are delighted to be able to announce that The Garden of Cosmic Speculation will open on Sunday 6th May, 2018.

Tickets will be released on Thursday 1st February, 2018. Details of how to purchase tickets will be given on our website nearer the time. 

Once again, we would like to say a big thank you to all our visitors in 2017. A huge number of visitors attended the opening on the 30th April. The event raised nearly £37,000 for Maggie's Centres and Scotland's Gardens Scheme Beneficiaries.

Please note that The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Portrack is a private garden and is only open one day a year.

Orkney Garden Festival 2017

The Gardeners of Orkney have will be holding a Garden Festival Trail over the weekends of 17/18 June and 24/25 June.  Thirty-four gardens will throw open their doors across Orkney, Kirkwall and Hoy.  

For further details, see the specific garden entries below and also visit https:/ or contact Caroline Kritchlow at

          Secret Gardens of Kirkwall, Saturday 17th June, 11:30am - 4:00pm, 6 open gardens

          Orkney Garden Trail One, Sunday 18th June, 11:30am - 4:00pm, 12 open gardens

          Hoy Garden Trail, Saturday 24th June, according to ferry timetable, 7 open gardens

          Orkney Garden Trail Two, Sunday 25th June, 11:30am - 4:00pm, 9 open gardens

Tickets available at Scapa Travel, Kirkwall, email

Rhododendron Festival 2017

The Scottish Rhododendron Festival 2017 is organised by Discover Scottish Gardens where you will find details of the event.  The Festival is supported by VisitScotland and full listings can be found here

Some of this year's festival gardens are opening with Scotland’s Gardens and raising money for charity.  Please support us by visiting a garden.  Gardens below are listed in order of opening dates:

Specific Day Openings

Crarae Garden, Argyll, 19 & 23 April

Benmore Botanic Garden, Argyll, 23 April

Gargunnock House Garden Plant Sale, Stirlingshire, 23 April

Arduaine Garden, Argyll, 30 April

Brodick Castle & Country Park, Isle of Arran, 30 April

Brechin Castle, Angus & Dundee, 7 May

Drumpark, Dumfriesshire, 13 May

Knock Cottage, Argyll, 13 - 14 May and by arrangement

Branklyn Garden, Perth & Kinross, 14 May

Logan House Gardens, Wigtownshire, 14 May

Inverewe Garden and Estate, Inverness, Ross & Cromarty, 17 May

Strachur House Flower & Woodland Gardens, Argyll, 20 - 21 May

Inchmarlo House Garden, Kincardine & Deeside, 21 May

Logan Botanic Garden, Wigtownshire, 21 May

Ross Priory, Dunbartonshire, 21 May

Dalswinton House, Dumfriesshire, 28 May

Galloway House Gardens, Wigtownshire, 28 May

Stobo Japanese Water Garden, Peebleshire, 31 May - 1 June

Openings over a Range of Dates

Ardkinglas Woodland Garden, Argyll, 1 April - 31 May

Ardmaddy Castle, Argyll, 1 April - 31 May

Ardtornish, Lochaber, 1 April - 31 May

Ardvorlich, Perth & Kinross, 1 - 31 May

Attadale, Inverness, Ross & Cromarty, 1 April - 31 May (exc. Sundays)

Barguillean's "Angus Garden", Argyll, 1 April - 31 May

Bolfracks, Perth & Kinross, 1 April - 31 May

Corsock House, Kirkcudbrightshire, 28 May and by arrangement

Dunvegan Castle and Gardens, Inverness, Ross & Cromarty, 1 April - 31 May

Gargunnock House Garden, Stirlingshire, 1 April - 31 May (Mon - Fri only)

Glenarn, Dunbartonshire, 1 April - 31 May

Glendoick, Perth & Kinross, 1 April - 31 May

Glenwhan Gardens, Wigtownshire, 1 April - 31 May

Inveraray Castle Gardens, Argyll, 1 April - 31 May

Kilbryde Castle, Stirlingshire, 1 April - 31 May (by arrangement)

Kinlochlaich Gardens, Argyll, 1 April - 31 May

Oakbank, Argyll, 1 May - 31 May


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