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Branklyn Garden

This enchanting hillside garden is a place of pilgrimage for plant lovers
A sundial stands in a grassy circular clearing. The beds around are filled with flowering plants, and rhododendrons bloom in the foreground.
  • Discover this 2-acre hillside garden in its centenary year – it was begun in 1922, using seeds collected by plant hunters.

  • Admire alpine flowers, dog’s tooth violet and Himalayan blue poppies in spring.

  • Visiting in summer? The magnolias and the feathery purple Japanese maple are unmissable.

  • Take a deep breath in autumn – the katsura tree produces a delicious burnt sugar scent when its leaves turn.

  • Enjoy some fresh home baking with a pot of tea/coffee on the terrace with a lovely view of the garden.

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About this place

This attractive garden, a peaceful haven within walking distance of Perth city centre, was developed by John and Dorothy Renton in the early 1920s after they built their Arts & Crafts-inspired house. It’s set on the side of Kinnoull Hill, overlooking Perth.

The couple were keen to have a garden that featured rare and unusual plants and flowers from all over the world. Thanks to the seeds collected by renowned plant hunters (including George Forrest and Frank Ludlow) and due to Dorothy’s remarkable gardening skills, the couple’s wish was granted.

Today, gardeners and botanists come from across the globe to admire Branklyn’s outstanding collection, particularly the rhododendrons, alpines and peat-garden plants. It also holds several National Collections of plants, including Meconopsis and Cassiope.

Our accreditations and awards

  • Visit Scotland 4 Star Award
  • Green Tourism Gold Award