I always enjoy visiting the gardens of Malleny House in Balerno, which is under the ownership of The National Trust for Scotland. Malleny is home to a national collection of 19th century shrub roses and the perfume kicked off by them is amazing....made easier to enjoy by the abundance of benches throughout the garden encourage you to sit back and take all the scents and colour in.
You can find out some more wonderful history of the site and gardens form the Historic Scotland Inventory of Parks and Gardens record on Malleny House
The majority of the roses in Malleny Gardens were sourced from Newliston House, a fantastic Adam designed landscape near Kirkliston
I've some more pics from Malleny Garden in Balerno from a visit last year here, and more details on visiting etc can be found on the National Trust for Scotland website
A truly amazing visit to Jupiter Artland..... A unique cross between Art and Horticulture....it's really quite amazing. Myself and the kids had a blast exploring the woodland, the art, the wildflower, the wildlife, the land sculptures....everything!! Founded by Robert and Nicky Wilson, Jupiter Artland is a collection of contemporary outdoor sculpture located across 100 acres of woodland and meadows just outside Edinburgh.
You have to visit....its amazing!!!!
Jupiter Artland is a unique, award-winning sculpture collection 12 miles outside Edinburgh, housing the private art collection of Robert and Nicky Wilson across 100 acres of woodland and meadows. Jupiter Artland is a registered charity, committed to nurturing the work of outstanding contemporary artists and continuing to commission new site specific works. Jupiter Artland opened to the public in May 2009 and in the same year received the prestigious Glenfiddich ‘Spirit of Scotland’ Art Award. Since 2009, Jupiter has commissioned over 30 site-specific permanent works by top-class international artists, including major pieces by leading contemporary sculptors including Nathan Coley, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Laura Ford, Anya Gallaccio, Andy Goldsworthy, Antony Gormley, Charles Jencks, Anish Kapoor, Jim Lambie, Cornelia Parker and Marc Quinn. Each artwork’s specific site has been personally selected by the artist. The works are set within the gardens of Bonnington House, a 17th century Jacobean hunting lodge, and visitors are encouraged to walk freely through the gardens to discover the artworks at their own pace
Every penny from Jupiter Artland’s ticket sales goes to providing free educational access and resources to schools, universities and community groups across the UK. The Foundation’s mission is for every child in Scotland to experience the art and nature of Jupiter Artland - either through a visit with hands-on activity or through Jupiter Artland’s pioneering digital projects. Since it was established in 2009, over 20,000 people have benefited from Jupiter’s innovative educational courses and workshops. New projects for 2015 include: Poet in Residence writing courses and competition, Arts and Music for people living with dementia, CPD courses for teachers, Minecraft student led project, and Children’s Exhibition at Jupiter. New partnerships for 2015 include Arts Award, It’s Our World, BBC Get Creative, and Forest School Association.
For more information on this wonderful family attraction then please visit the website of Jupiter Artland.
Some back reading on the Jupiter Artland grounds can be seen here from a feature piece from the FT , Art in Scotland TV, BMW Art Guide visits Jupiter Artland, Tate Shots Edinburgh Jupiter Artland
Such a wonderful historic space, Princes Street Gardens is a lesson in high amenity landscape layout, sweeping rose gardens, statues specimen trees....and ice cream!
Edinburghs famous Floral Clock, located in West Princes Street Gardens...thousands of tiny plants mass planted to give such a striking display.....
I was delighted to have finally made it to the National Trust for Scotlands NewHailes Estate in Musselburgh. The estate is only recently under the ownership of the Trust and is undergoing some extensive restoration to the gardens and parklans, trying to reinstate the amazing designed landscape which once surrounded this mansion house. A designed landscape which was heavily influenced by Culzean, NewListon and Castle Kennedy gardens.
Restoring a secret garden in full swing.....fascinating project
and the path network which allows you to explore the rest of the estate is superb....next was the Shell Grotto!
Refreshment stop in the converted Coach House next....
4 weeks after we took these Softwood Rosemary Cuttings, we've had some wonderful results. The cuttings taken in the pure Vermiculite produced an outstanding root system compared to any of the other mixes. The rosemary had rooted wonderfully, so we split these up and potted up individually. These cuttings and the trial itself was carried out by the National Learning Network Horticulture crew working towards their Level 5 in Horticulture with the Donegal ETB
The walled garden within the Grade A listed Ballywalter Park is a sight to behold. with its Georgian glasshouses and fantastic peaches it's a heavenly place to visit and enjoy. Under the guidance of Lady Dunleath the walled garden is currently being re-invented with fruit rooms, beehives and a Lemon Grove recently added!
Follow the Ballywalter Park Walled Garden Blog for regular updates on the Horticultural goings-on in the estate
The National Learning Network horticulture crew, working towards their Level 5 in Horticulture with Donegal ETB have been working of finishing off their new beds in the Barrack Hill Community Garden. These beds continue on the design created by Diarmuid Gavin for the Carndonah park, and are planted using plants all propagated by the Horticulture students.
On a recent trip to Paddy McCartneys garden in Greencastle I enjoyed my first Tayberry of the year...and they were delish! Paddy benefits from growing these on a South Facing slope, hence why they're ready that wee bit earlier than mines!
Spotted this busy bee enjoying an Arum Lilly (Zantedeschia aethiopica) in the garden of Paddy McCartney in Greencastle recently....
Gardening on Radio Foyle
A summary of each weeks gardening on Mark Patterson Show and beyond