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Gardens and Landscapes News News News. March 16 2015.
The Newsletter of the Glasgow Garden Walks Group -Exploring Scotland Together.
 Programme for July to December.

Work is in hand to provide a programme of garden and landscape walks for the second half of the year. Any suggestions and ideas will be appreciated. It would be helpful if I could receive your suggestions in writing so that I don't forget them!

Some ideas are already being considered. Here are a few.

Shambellie, Rockcliffe and Kipford.

Kellie Castle and the East Neuk of the Kingdom of Fife.

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation Hollywood Dumfries.

Scone Palace, Scone, Perth possibly linked with Branklyn.

The Enchanted Forest Pitlochry.

Winter is the most difficult of times to programme. If you can recommend any destinations for winter … great!

More ideas would be appreciated and I will research some new gardens for inclusion.

Expeditions and Tours Summer 2015.

The programme is filling up and we will go with the numbers we have at the costs indicated – no increases will be required.

There are still opportunities to visit Knoydart in September and also Arran for the Red Deer rutting season also in September.

Long Term Future of the Group.

Serious consideration should be given to forming a community group with a constitution , Office Bearers (Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer) and Bank Account. Such a group if set up properly would be eligible to apply for grants. It may be possible to secure grants to help the group achieve its aims.

I will have to retire at some point and I want the group to be able to continue into the future.

Book and Pay for Garden Walks.

Question. What is Book and Pay?

Answer. Book when the booking is open for three walks at a time. The date coincides with a garden walk. A tick sheet is passed around the bus. I also take telephone bookings on the same time-scale as not everyone can come on all of the walks. Booking is subject to availability. There are usually up to four places available for booking after the tick sheet has been filled in.

Pay by the date set which is always two weeks later. This is the day of the next garden walk.

I have attached a copy of the book and pay timetable up to the end of June. If you would like clarification please contact me.

Places available.

There are places available on most of the garden walks listed in the Diary. For example Duntreath Castle, Achamore Gardens Gigha etc.

There are also places available on some of the Tours and Holidays i.e. The Western Isles (seven days) June 1 to June 7.

Later in the year Knoydart and Arran expeditions - still places available. If you need more information ring me, email me or write.My contact information is set out at the end of this Newsletter. I will be happy to hear from you.

BOOK and PAY. When you can book garden walks and tours.

This should be read in conjunction with the Garden Walks and Expedition Diary originally printed on thick blue paper.

See below for diary.

Book March 5th.onwards for the following walks - Gigha, Cortachy House, Stobo Water Garden.

Pay for the walks you have booked on or by March 19th.


Book April 16th onwards for the following walks - Alnwick Garden, Binney Plants and Elizabeth MacGregor's.

Pay for the walks you have booked on or by April the 30th.

There will be a Tick Sheet on minibus on booking days.


Telephone bookings will be taken from the same booking days onwards. Please send payment by cheque within two weeks of booking.

Please make cheques made out to Brian Sutherland. Walks cost £25 per walk.

Speak to Annie Sutherland if I am not in.


In my experience, so far, there have always been a number of places available for telephone booking. First come first served.


Western Isles, Knoydart, Mull Iona Staffa, Skye Raasay, Arran etc.

You can book anytime subject to availability. You will be given information on payment dates for the deposit and the balance.

And finally thank you all for your interest and support!!!

Garden Walks Diary January until June 2015


All walks start at 9 am in front of City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow. Exception – if a different time is indicated against an individual walk e.g. for catching the ferry to Gigha.

Garden walks are £25 each. See terms and conditions.

This Diary was issued on 4th. February 2015.


January 22. Tentsmuir Forest and Kinshaldy Beach the Kingdom of Fife.

A popular Beach Walk and a walk through a pine forest near Leuchars.

February 5. Ardandan Walled Garden and Findlaystone House estate Renfrewshire.

Meet the pigs - tickle them behind the ears – and garden centre and snowdrops. Mass plantings of snowdrops at Findlaystone. A good walk.

February 19. Dunskey Estate near Portpatrick, Galloway.

Walled garden and estate at snowdrop time. A very popular garden at a special time of year. Snowdrops in the green for sale.


March 5. Cally Woods, Gatehouse of Fleet near Castle Douglas in Galloway – to see snowdrops. Explore the most beautiful village of Gatehouse of Fleet. We visited the Cally woods many years ago!

March 19. Callender House Falkirk and the Falkirk Wheel.

Daffodils with luck! A short spin on the famous Falkirk wheel operated by water power! The Kelpies if time allows. Popular request.

April 2. Duntreath Castle Blanefield. A truly magical place.

New. Lady Julie Edmonstone is looking forward to our visit and she is kindly providing refreshments upon our arrival. This is included in the entry charge which is £5.

Lady Edmonstone is an enthusiastic gardener and gives lectures and talks on gardens and garden design. We will see snowdrops and wonderful trees! The proceeds from our visit go towards improving the garden.


April 16 Achamore Garden, Isle of Gigha off the Mull of Kintyre.

A fabulous garden for Rhododendrons. 8 am start to catch ferry. Be prepared to return to Glasgow at about 9/10 pm. Fish supper break in Tarbert, Loch Fyne on the way home! Bring a picnic or indulge in a pub lunch at the Gigha Hotel. A popular request. Gigha means God's island.

April 30 Cortachy House Garden and an Angus glen.

Close to the glens of Angus this fine garden is a blaze of colour and scent when the Azaleas are in flower. We hope to catch this subject to the growing season.

May 14 Stobo Water Garden in the Scottish Borders.

This is a garden which is not easy to find. However the burn and bridges with mature trees and extensive under planting of herbaceous plants make for a beautiful experience. It is like an oasis in the Border land. A request.


May 28 The Alnick Garden in Northumberland.

A fabulous new/recent garden created by the Duchess of Northumberland. The best tree house in Britain? A poisons garden with cannabis growing in it! Courtesy of the Home Office.

Places to eat in and places to go for visual stimulation. See what you can do if you have a few million pounds to spend making a new garden. A popular request. Leave Glasgow at 9 am. Return between 8 and 9 pm.

June 11. Binney Plants West Lothian.

Specialist grower of Peonies. Did you know that peonies come in a variety of colours and variation of perfumes? They originate from China and Japan and are incorporated in art in these countries. In Russia we were given a big bunch of peaonies everywhere we went with Glasgow's traditional street games. At the end of our ten day stay the huge pickle jar, supplied by the concierge at the Intourist Hotel, was a riot of colour and a beautiful perfume filled the room.

June 25. Elizabeth MacGregor's Nursery and Walled Garden Kirkcudbright.

Ellenbeck has a wonderful walled garden which has one of the best displays of herbaceous plants I have seen. This is a superb nursery and don't leave without at least one of the excellent plants!

Try one of the new cultivars of Geranium which have been bred here by Elizabeth and have won awards at the Chelsea Flower Show RHS.


Please note the programme may be subject to change. Booking will continue to be from blocks of three walks at a time and notice will be given of when to book. Reminder. All walks start at 9 am unless otherwise indicated.

Brian Sutherland, for the Glasgow Garden Walks Group

661 Clarkston Road


G44 3QL

Telephone 0141 633 2228 Mobile 0798 274 2948

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Coming in the July to December programme … Tyninghame Walled Garden. Logan Botanic Garden in Galloway. The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Holywood, Dumfries. Caol Ruadh, the Kyles of Bute. Kellie Castle in the Kingdom of Fife. The Enchanted Forest, Pitlochry. Scone Palace, Perth.