A unique garden dedicated to the art of dried flower arranging
Explore the rustic walled garden located in the ancient precinct of Melrose Abbey.
Discover the history of the garden, and the art of dried flower arranging, in the drying room.
Enjoy a picnic in the old orchard, where over 90 different kinds of apple are grown organically, including 70 heritage varieties.
Don’t miss David Annand’s beautiful bronze dove sculpture.
With an enviable setting in the ancient precinct of Melrose Abbey, Priorwood Garden has three distinct areas.
The first area is Scotland’s only dedicated dried flower garden. Most of the flowers and herbs are grown for this purpose but they also provide an impressive display in their own right, especially in summer when the herbaceous borders are at their vibrant and colourful best.
With wonderfully framed views across to the abbey, the orchard cultivates many historical apple varieties, as well as plums, pears, damsons and greengages.
Finally, the shady woodland area brings a touch of untamed wildness to the garden.
Start in the drying room, where hundreds of flower heads, herbs, seeds and even mushrooms hang upside down to dry. Outside, wander past herbaceous borders and herb gardens before ambling around the tranquil orchard and the woodland area, where shade-loving plants and hardy shrubs thrive.
Sniff out the scented blooms which are used to make pot pourri.
Look out for four wrought iron inserts in the garden wall, beautifully decorated with mulberries, which are thought to be the work of either Robert Lorimer or Edwin Lutyens.
Pay & Display parking is available nearby.
Group visits are welcome and introductory talks or a tour with the Head Gardener can be booked in advance.
A ramp gives access to the garden, where there are gravel paths, grass surfaces and level ground.
Priorwood Garden is in Melrose, next to the Abbey
Ordnance Survey Ref: OS Ref: NT547341
Perfectly in tune with nature: 3 acres of manicured lawns and scented borders