Enjoy warm summer days in our beautiful gardens
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  Places to visit   Chris Wardle, Head Gardener at Crathes   Planting at Threave  

Summer is the perfect time to discover one of our 35 amazing gardens. The gardens put on an ever-changing show of colours and scents as well as frequent events and plant sales located throughout Scotland.

Discover sweetly scented roses in bloom at Malleny Garden in Edinburgh, the Hill of Tarvit Mansion in Fife and Drum Castle in Aberdeenshire.  Explore our herbaceous borders up and down the country, including dazzling displays at Crathes Castle, in Aberdeenshire, Geilston Garden in Dumbarton, Falkland Palace in Fife and Threave Estate in Dumfries & Galloway. You’ll also find a harvest growing in the vegetable gardens at Kellie Castle in Fife, Harmony Gardens in the Borders, and Inverewe Gardens in Poolewe.

While the world will be converging on Glasgow this summer; the David Livingstone Centre, Holmwood House and Greenbank Garden in Glasgow and The Hill House in Helensburgh are right on the doorstep for fantastic days out.


Chris Wardle, Head Gardener at Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate near Banchory, shares some gardening tips for the months ahead:

1. Cut your lawn regularly and keep the edges tidy. A well-cut lawn and crisp edges can distract the eye from any weedy areas!

2. Stake and support your plants early. They will grow really quickly at this time of year and if you get them in time they will stand proud and not flop over.

3. If you’re planting bedding out, be sure of the weather in your area. Don’t get caught out by late frosts. Patience can be your friend, as there is nothing worse than all your hard efforts to raise plants being ruined by a frost.

4. Keep earthing up tatties as they grow. This will help increase the crop size.


We have a superb programme of events lined up this summer in our spectacular gardens and estates including open days in support of Scotland’s Gardens, as well as an exciting programme of outdoor theatre performances including Shakespearean classics such as The Comedy of Errors and Lewis Carroll’s Alice through the Looking Glass.

Join our expert gardening teams at Brodie Castle, Greenbank Garden, Castle Fraser and Pitmedden Garden for a guided walk around the magnificent gardens to see the seasonal highlights and learn about the diverse plant collections.

Click here to find a garden event near you.