A view of a garden, filled with colourful flower beds and lush green shrubs and trees. On the lawn area, some patio tables and chairs are set out for tearoom visitors.

Branklyn Garden

About this place

This enchanting hillside garden is a place of pilgrimage for plant lovers.

  • Discover this 2-acre hillside garden which 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 and a pot of tea or a coffee on the terrace, with a lovely view of the garden and the rooftops of Perth.

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.

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Accreditations and awards

  • Visit Scotland 4 Star Award
  • Green Tourism Gold Award
  • A green logo for Tripadvisor's Traveler's Choice 2023 award.

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