So, as part of my new job at Scotland’s Garden Scheme, I’ve decided that I’m going to try and ‘bag’ all the gardens – with over 500 open in any one year (some opening every other year), this could take me some time but at least I’ll now have plenty of opportunity.
As well as meeting lots of our wonderful volunteer garden openers across the country who open their gardens to visitors to raise money for over 200 charities, I should be able to get a whole heap of tips, and who knows, maybe even some seeds or cuttings.
My first ‘officially’ bagged garden is 101 Greenbank Crescent in Edinburgh. Jerry and Christine invited me along to show me around their labour of love. The garden is a steeply sloping series of terraces overlooking Braidburn Valley Park, each with a very different look and feel.
It’s a really interesting garden with winding steps, ponds, seating areas, a fairy garden, and a stunningly-shaped Kilmarnock willow, which annoyingly I didn’t photograph. Their aim is to have year-round colour, shape and structure. The Magnolia was looking wonderful as was the pear blossom. It’s not a highly manicured garden and has an air of easy charm that belies the years of hard work they’ve put into turning a grassy wilderness into what they have today – it’s definitely been a labour of love with most of the work being undertaken by Jerry and Christine themselves.
They’ve been opening for SGS for 10 years now and I can see why people would want to visit. They are open to visitors by arrangement from 13th April, until September and will be hosting an open day on Sunday 19th May. More info here.