Wednesday, 20 March 2013

A Garden To Visit

Branklyn gardens will soon the be opening for the 2013 season. This garden was created by the Renton's and always been associated with Himalayan plant collecting. It was taken over by the National Trust and is open to the general public. It is easily found in Perth as you leave on the road to Dundee at the edge of the city to the south east. There is a large carpark in a field above the gardens and for the disabled limited parking right at the entrance. It is a maze of paths with suprises round each corner. It has had it's ups and downs but at present it is at it's absolutely superb best under the curation of Steve McNamara. It has a very large collection of Meconopsis big blue poppies that have come from the very significant collection of Evelyn Stevens. It also has wonderful mature and rare trees, a large collection of Rhododendrons, often grown many years ago from wild seed, as well as Primulas and other classical woodland plants.This garden has been described as the best two acres in the world and I would go along with that. For a plant lover it should be the highlight of any trip to Scotland.