The National Trust for Scotland has 70 gardens and designed landscapes in its care.
Some are attached to other properties, like the small horticultural gem to be found at Broughton House, the 18th century Dumfriesshire dwelling that became home to the artist EA Hornel in 1901. Others, such as Inverewe Garden in Ross-Shire, which is among our 35 major gardens, are world-renowned masterpieces of incomparable settings and plant diversity.
Trust properties represent almost every style of Scottish garden history – ranging from the late medieval herbal, kitchen garden to be found at Culross Palace, the extravagant Georgian expanses of Culzean and Victorian formalities at Haddo and the House of Dun to the new ideas and varieties coming forth in the early 20th century at places like the ‘Secret Garden’ at Arduaine and Priorwood in the Scottish Borders.
Just over 100 full-time Trust gardeners care for 283 hectares under intensive cultivation supporting over 80,000 plants of 13,500 varieties.
There are frequent events and plant sales for ‘garden groupies’ to enjoy and, for the truly dedicated, the Trust runs The School of Heritage Gardening programme which can lead to new careers or enhanced levels of expertise for those who have gardens of their own to nurture.