Explore some of the region’s acclaimed gardens
lupins at Threave Gardens
Discover some rare and fascinating plant varieties as you explore some of Dumfries & Galloway’s gardens, many of which are home to nationally recognised and protected species.
The inspiring gardens at Threave House and Estate in Castle Douglas have been created over the years by students of the National Trust for Scotland’s School of Practical Gardening. The gardens are constantly evolving, so that each season brings something new, from fruit and vegetable seedlings and thousands of colourful flowers to autumn wildfowl in the wetlands and winter wreaths in the house.
Threave Garden is a delight to see all year round as it is always awash with spectacular colour. Best known for its stunning springtime daffodils, of which there are over 200 varieties, the garden is equally dazzling in autumn when flowers are replaced by vivid orange and red foliage. Explore the gardens to discover an abundance of roses alongside seasonal fruit and vegetables. Step into the glasshouses to admire Threave Gardens’ more exotic species, such as orchids and bananas.
At Newtonairds Lodge Hostas & Garden you can see James Coutts’ National Plant Collection of Hosta plantaginea. Hostas are usually renowned for their beautiful leaves, which vary in colour and form, and this particular variety also boasts spectacularly fragrant flowers.
The collection of Hostas makes up part of the fascinating 1.2 acre garden which surrounds a 19th century listed baronial lodge. Explore the grounds and find the charming topiary among the interesting plants and shrubs before uncovering the further 200 different species that can be found at Threave Garden.
You can find some acclaimed plants to add to your own garden at some of Dumfries & Galloway’s plant nurseries, some of which supply several large gardens including the Royal Horticultural Society and the National Trust for Scotland. Wander through the friendly nurseries to see unusual woodland and perennial garden plants along with beautiful flowers and shrubs. They are a paradise for enthusiastic gardeners and the nursery can advise you on the best species to suit your garden.
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