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Threave Gardens, Castle Douglas, National Trust for Scotland.
 Threave Reunion June 2010

Threave School of Gardening, Castle Douglas, is celebrating 50 years of training young men and more recently women the skills of practical gardening. This called for a programme of celebrations including a reception for past students and their wives and partners.



We travelled from far and wide – Tresco and Caithness for example to be there.

Wives dutifully pretended not to be bored and past students showed enthusiasm for meeting other past students whom they had never met before. I did say to another past student “This is a good place to come to meet people you have never met before”!

Well it is safe to say that a good time was had by one and all. Bill Hean, retired founder Principal, was is good form and looking great accompanied by his beautiful daughters Alison and Isobel. The gardens were superb. Not a weed left for an “ident”.

Mrs Vinnie with her daughter ….. was having a good time receiving attention from past students who were the beneficiaries of her leg pulling al those years ago. “I'm glad I came” she announced.

Sheila Innes the Property Manager and her team had put a great deal of work into making this event happen. Thank you. See you at the next one Sheila.

Congratulations to all at Threave for making our return such an enjoyable one. Also well done garden staff and students. We felt proud walking around the gardens thanks to your hard work.

 The photographs I took at the reunion were lost due to a complete breakdown of my computer .. or crash. I was unble to recover them. If anyone has pictures of the reunion they would like to contribute to the web site please email them to me. Full acknowledgement will be given.
The Threave Estate.
 The Wheatley Elm flourishing at Threave in 2013. Despite Dutch Elm disease this specimen is looking good. Long may it last.
Bill Hean MBE retired Principal of Threave School of Practical Gardening and I inspect the policies! Happy memories! I was just a wee boy when I went to Threave. The experience gave me a great start in life.
There is always something of interest in the glasshouses.
The pond at Threave.
If you like bats you will like Threave.
One aspect of the gardens are the views across the Stewartry of Kirkudbright. We could see the rain approaching from miles away.
Threave Castle on the River Dee is a good walk from the Visitors Centre in the Garden.
Crossing to Threave Castle is great fun. A must for children.
The Castle is very popular.
Time for a wee rest by the river overlooking Threave Castle on an island on the River Dee.
There are some two hundred varieties of daffodil in Threave Estate. This Daffodil bank close to Threave House is spectacular in full bloom. We are either too early or too late to capture the spectacle.
Looking down to the rock garden from the top of the daffodil bank.