The National Trust for Scotland owns and manages 38 important gardens and designed landscapes. Our records show that we’ve cultivated over 100,000 different kinds of plant, both native and exotic.

We’re the largest garden owner in Scotland, caring for a wealth of horticultural landmarks. On a visit to a Trust garden, you can enjoy all manner of incredible sights and smells, as well as discover the stories of some of our country’s green-fingered trailblazers.

With properties spread from Inverewe in the north to Broughton House in the south, and from Crarae in the west to House of Dun in the east, the Trust’s gardens make a fine case study in horticultural diversity.

Big facts

  • We care for and manage 38 gardens and designed landscapes, covering 1,586 hectares of land. 
  • Trust gardens represent almost every style of Scottish garden throughout history, from the late medieval kitchen garden re-created at Culross Palace, to the Georgian expanses and layers of extravagance at Culzean Castle, and even a modern plantsman’s garden at Greenbank in Glasgow.
  • We care for 30 gardens that are walled or contained in some way. Each has something unique about it, whether it is the produce that grows in it or its period theme.
  • We employed over 70 full-time professional gardeners in 2017. The Trust’s gardening staff are respected and renowned around the world – they spend a lot of time tending to landscapes and plants, but they also pass on their skills and experience to future generations of gardeners (and others) through our training and education schemes.
  • In 2017 we were helped by over 300 volunteer gardeners, who gave up their time to weed beds, paint benches, raise funds and handle plant collection records. We can’t thank them enough! Find out how to help us in our conservation of Scotland’s stunning gardens.
  • Over 1 million visits were made to our gardens in 2016/17. There’s always something to see or do, no matter what the season, but we’ve made a handy seasonal guide to let you know when our gardens are at their most magnificent.

Why our gardens matter

Vision and artistry

Many of the Trust’s gardens and landscapes are important for their artistry and design, both old and new. We care for great examples of pioneering vision and ambition, such as Osgood Mackenzie’s Inverewe. All our gardens – and many of yours – benefit from Scotland’s heritage of intrepid plant hunters, and we still grow some of their original introductions.

The walled garden at Inverewe
The walled garden at Inverewe

Plant collections 

Many of our gardens house collections of rare or important plants, from old or champion Scottish trees to hard-to-find fruit cultivars. We work hard to conserve these special plants.

Himalayan blue poppies at Branklyn Garden
Meconopsis, known as Himalayan blue poppies at Branklyn Garden

Something for everyone

Our gates are open to to everyone. You can enjoy a family picnic, walk the dog, find some inspiration or even tie the knot! For visitors with disabilities, we’ve made adjustments to our gardens (where we can) to make them as accessible and enjoyable as possible.

Two women walking in a garden.
Enjoy a walk in the garden.
Did you know?

Did you know?

The Trust cares for an intriguing property in Falkirk called The Pineapple. It was built by the Earl of Dunmore as a summerhouse in 1761, when pineapples were among Scotland’s most exotic foods. There were also plenty of other unusual fruit and vegetables grown in the Pineapple’s walled garden and glasshouses. Quite a juicy prospect for garden lovers, don’t you think?


Key plant collections

Our gardens are the perfect place to find interesting plants and discover their stories.

Trust at work

We are committed to conserving gardens and designed landscapes of all shapes and sizes.


The Trust’s School of Heritage Gardening has been training generations of gardeners since 1961.