Discover Scottish Gardens – this is fantastic!

scottishgardensDiscover Scottish Gardens launches visitor gateway to Scotland’s gardens

  • Discover Scottish Gardens launches, and previews new website full of information and inspiration about visiting gardens and nurseries in Scotland
  • Five-year-plan aims to grow visits to Scotland’s gardens by 10% by 2020

Officially launched in Edinburgh today (Friday 29 May 2015) at Gardening Scotland, Discover Scottish Gardens marks the coming together of businesses and organisations at the heart of Scotland’s gardens sector to energise the promotion of Scotland’s outstanding horticultural offering and help achieve a 10% uplift in visits to Scotland’s gardens by 2020.

Blue at Dawyck Botanic Garden
Blue at Dawyck Botanic Garden


This new national tourism group is creating a website,, where visitors will be able to search hundreds of gardens, nurseries and related businesses across Scotland, plan their next visit and source details about events taking place year-round through the seasons.  It aims to inspire visitors to discover new gardens and find out more about the country’s diverse climate and the wealth of plant collections that thrive here.

Catherine Erskine of Cambo Estate in Fife, and Chair of Discover Scottish Gardens, said: “Discover Scottish Gardens is collecting together a treasure trove of information for garden enthusiasts and will deliver the ability to plan a garden-focused trip around the key seasons.  This will enable visitors from overseas or closer to home to enjoy gardens to the full whenever they plan a day trip or holiday.”

As well as the website, due to launch in the coming weeks, Discover Scottish Gardens will launch an international marketing push to promote Scotland’s gardens within seasonal themes, allowing visitors to plan their trips around milestone events that happen at key times of the gardening year – such as snowdrop festivals in the winter, or the first bluebell displays in the spring.

Attadale Garden
Attadale Garden

Discover Scottish Gardens in Summer

Herbaceous Borders

Meconopsis and Woodland Gardens

Water Gardens

Edible Gardens and Vegetables in Season

Rose Gardens

Discover Scottish Gardens in Autumn

Champion Trees

Edible Gardens and Vegetables in Season


Bonkers for Conkers

Autumn Colour

Discover Scottish Gardens in Winter


Wild Berries

Winter Gardens/Winter Structure

Snowdrop Festival

Discover Scottish Gardens in Spring

Easter in Scottish Gardens

Rhododendron Festival

Daffodil Displays

Bluebell Displays

Plant Sales

Dolphin Pond, Benmore Botanic Garden
Dolphin Pond, Benmore Botanic Garden

The marketing push will include 150,000 leaflets, made available for tourists at visitor information centres and the main gateways into Scotland.

Research from VisitScotland, which has provided £30,000 to launch of Discover Scottish Gardens from its Growth Fund*, shows that every year nearly 700,000 British holidaymakers visit a Scottish garden, with 35,000 of these indicating that a garden visit was the main reason for their holiday.   This market is worth over £200 million to Scotland in terms of tourism spend.

Within this context, Discover Scottish Gardens aims to achieve three key ambitions:

  • To increase visitor numbers by around 10% by 2020;
  • To ensure that members reap the financial benefits of collectively marketing Scotland’s gardens, while keeping growth sustainable;
  • To drive tourism in the garden / natural sector by providing visitors with easy access to events and seasonal activities.
Cambo Gardens
Cambo Gardens

Already, the group has attracted 130 members, including gardens, plant nurseries, accommodation providers and tour operators, with more expected to come on board post-launch.  Gardens within the estates of the National Trust for Scotland, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and the Royal Horticultural Society are included alongside independent garden members such as Attadale Gardens in the Highlands, Scone Palace in Perth, Cambo Estate in Fife, Kailzie Gardens in the Scottish Borders and the 17 ‘Glorious Gardens of Argyll and Bute’.

Significant benefits are promised to member businesses as well as the consumer of garden tourism, concludes Catherine Erskine: “Scotland is lucky to have such a diverse garden offering, and one which many visitors already enjoy all year round.  By collaborating, we aim to use our collective might to grow the sector, having a positive knock-on effect on businesses and communities all over Scotland.”


Members (May 2015) Abbotsford, Melrose

Abriachan Gardens and Nursery


Adencraig Garden


An Cala

Angus Garden

Anton’s Hill, Berwickshire

Archattan Priory

Ard Daraich Enterprise, Highland

Ardkinglas Woodland garden



Arduaine Garden

Ardwell Garden

Armadale Gardens, Skye (Clan Donalds Trust)

Attadale Gardens, Wester Ross


Ballindalloch Castle, Morayshire

Benmore Botanic Garden, Near Dunoon, Argyll

Black Isle Garden Design

Blair Castle, Pitlochry

Boath House

Bolfracks, Aberfeldy

Bradyston House

Branklyn Garden, Perth

Brightwater Holidays, Cupar, Fife

Briglands, Kinross

Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park

Brodie Castle

Broughton House & Garden


Cambo Estate, St Andrews, Fife


Carolside Gardens, Scottish Borders

Castle Fraser Garden & Estate

Castle Kennedy Garden

Castle of Mey, Caithness

Cawdor Castle

Cluny House Gardens, Aberfeldy

Crarae Garden

Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate

Croft Cat


Culzean Castle & Country Park

Dawyck Botanic Garden, Scottish Borders

Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

Drummond Castle Gardens, Crieff

Dumfries House

Dun Ard, Fintry, Glasgow

Dundee University Botanic Gardens

Dunninald, Montrose

Dunrobin Castle

Dunskey Garden

Dunvegan Castle

Explorers’ Garden

Falkland Palace & Garden

Floors Castle

Forestry Commission Scotland

Fyvie Castle

Gallery, Angus

Garden Cottage Nursery

Geilston Garden


Glendoick Garden Centre, Perth


Gordon Castle, Fochabers

Greenbank Garden

Greenhead of Arnot

Growforth Limited, Dunfermline

Haddo House

Harmony Garden

Hebridean Island Cruises


Highland Liliums, Invernesshire

Hill House

Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse & Garden

Holmes Farm Plants, Irvine

House of Dunn

House of the Binns

Horticultural Trades Association

Hugh Miller’s Birthplace Cottage & Museum

Innwood Garden

Inverary Castle Garden

Inveresk Lodge Garden

Inverewe Garden

Kailzie Gardens, Scottish Borders

Kellie Castle & Garden

Kevock Nursery


Leith Hall, Garden & Estate

Linn Botanic Garden

Lip Na Cloiche

Loch Melfort Hotel

Loch Torridon Hotel

Logan Botanic Garden, Dumfries & Galloway

Logie House Garden and Nursery

Logie Walled Garden, Angus

Malleny Garden

McMillan Hotels

Megginch Castle, Errol

Monteviot House

Mount Stuart

New Hopetoun Gardens, West Lothian

New Lanark Trust


Paxton House

Philiphaugh Garden, Selkirk

Pitmedden Garden

Pitmuies Gardens, Forfar

Pollok House

Portmore Gardens, Scottish Borders

Priorwood Garden

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Rofsie, Auchtermuchty

Rossie House, Forgandenny

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Royal Caledonian Society

Scone Palace, Perth

Scotland’s Gardens: 600 member gardens

Scottish Rock Garden Club

Shepherd House, Inveresk

St Andrews Botanic Gardens, St Andrews

The Japanese Garden Society-Scottish Branch

Threave Estate

Weaver’s Cottage

Wemyss Castle

West Leas, Bonchester Bridge

Willowhill Gardens, Fife

Wormiston House, Crail

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