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NTS Plant Collections

As the UK's second largest garden owner, the National Trust for Scotland looks after more than 100,000 cultivated plants that have been recorded on our plant catalogue system; of these there are 13,500 different taxa (different species and cultivars) – more than the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.

Our plant collections include 17 national collections, overseen by Plant Heritage (NCCPG) as well as some distinct separate NTS collections including historic roses; Scottish cultivated fruits – including 52 varieties of Scottish apple and every known Scottish blackcurrant and Raspberry.

Our pear collection at Threave maintains important and rare genetic stock of varieties not available commercially and believed to be very rare in cultivation. Rhododendrons, ferns, colour themed plants, RHS Award of Garden Merit plants and Rhubarb collections can be found at Brodick and Arduaine, Crathes, Inveresk Lodge and Kellie Castle respectively.

Click here to see a list of our full plant collections and which garden holds the collection.

The Demeter® Plant Database

To help us manage and maintain details of our plant collections the NTS has set up the Demeter plant database which was developed in partnership with National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens (NCCPG), English Heritage, and the National Trust. For more information: http://www.nccpg.com/National-Collections/Collection-Holder-Resources/Demeter-plant-recording-software.aspx

Gardening Advice


The Trust's gardeners are highly experienced professionals and have a host of knowledge on a wide range of horticultural subjects including conservation of historical landscapes, organic gardening and creating a good compost. Why not learn directly from our gardeners by Volunteering to help in an NTS garden or taking part in Thistle Camps.