Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Branklyn Gardens

This is a plant at the world famous Branklyn gardens. These were originally owned the the Rentons who supported seed collecting in the Himalayas and grew many Rhododendrons, Primulas and Meconopsis collected.They also grew on rare trees and this garden has an almost unending series of vistas round each corner as you walk the many little paths. It has very good visitor facilites including parking for many and a small anount near the front gate for the disabled.There is an excellent visitor centre usually manned by volunteers. The garden is under the care of Steve McNamara who over the last few years has turned a good garden into something outstanding. Has been described as the best two acres of garden in the world - and it is. It is easily accessed off the Perth Dundee road as it leaves the Fair City.

If you travel on towards Dundee you will pass the excellent garden centre of Glendoick, and  before the end of June, they open their own superb collection of Rhododendron mainly collected from seed in the wild by 3 generations of this exceptional gardening family on important plant hunting expeditions. These two gardens should be top of any list for gardeners visiting Scotland. E.H.M. Cox wrote the cultivation section in Taylor's brilliant monograph on Meconopsis published in 1934.