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An orchid which was found growing in the gardens at the National Trust for Scotland’s Broughton House in Kirkcudbright is blooming for the first time since being officially named.
The plant was growing in the tranquil gardens at the house which was once the home of artist EA Hornel. After extensive research, Trust gardens experts established that this was a previously un-named variety and registered the plant as Dactylorhiza ‘Tizzy Hornell’ in honour of the painter’s sister.
The bright magenta-coloured orchid is now flowering for the first time since it was officially registered.
Head Gardener Nick Hoskins said:
“The garden at Broughton House is full of unusual and interesting plants, including this lovely ‘Tizzy Hornell’. The flowers are a very strong and vibrant colour and it is at its best in June, so it looks especially good at the moment.”
The orchid is now being cultivated by the Trust and is available for purchase at Broughton House. Proceeds go towards the care of the garden.
Broughton House was once the home of artist EA Hornel who travelled extensively in Japan in the late 19th century. Inspired by his travels, he replicated the Japanese sanctuary style of planting on his return. The garden contains an array of unusual and beautiful plants, including Mitella kiusana which is increasingly rare in the wild in Japan where it originates.
The garden is one of Scotland’s hidden gems, boasting a beautiful display all year round.
The house and garden are open to the public until 31 October 2012.
Among the artefacts in the garden are carved Celtic stones from the nearby 12th-century Dundrennan Abbey, and a small stone coffin.
Broughton House & Garden
Garden only: 1 Feb to 22 Mar, Mon-Fri 11-4.
House and Garden: 29 Mar to 31 Oct, daily 12-5 (last entry 4.30pm).
Tel. 0844 493 2246