All posts by Nadine Pierce

Living & working from the Pentland Hills just South of Edinburgh, a marketing professional with a love of running and the great outdoors!

8 Halmyre Mains – Charity Open Day

A couple of weeks ago I helped out at the Scotland’s Gardens Scheme charity open day at Halmyre Mains. The garden is situated between Romano bridge, West Linton and La Mancha just on the edge of the Scottish Borders and they have been opening for SGS for a number of years.

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It’s a half- acre organic garden with deep herbaceous borders, raised plots, a keder house and polytunnel, greenhouse (I’m so envious of all this greenhousing space), not to mention a large pond all with lovely views straight on to the hills.

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It was my first time visiting and the sun was out. Before the visitors started arriving, owner Mike took me on a tour, what a gorgeous spot and there were so many interesting plants, many of which, I’d never seen before.

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As it turned out, they had a very efficient group of volunteers so I spent a very pleasurable afternoon, in the sunshine, chatting with the visitors. Of course, I couldn’t leave without buying some plants or cakes and went home with plenty of both.

8 Halmyre Mains

8 Halmyre Mains

Dunninald Castle

The rain showed no sign of abating but we were not to be deterred from our mission. Following Pitmuies, we headed along to Dunninald Castle, where not only did we get a brief period of light drizzle, we were also treated to a guided tour by owner Mary AND she gave us lunch #winning!

100s of acres of woods, a walled garden with a listed greenhouse, an ancient beech avenue which was awash with bluebells (in Winter it’s a great place to see snowdrops in abundance too).

Here are some photos to whet the appetite…

Dunninald CastleBeech avenue at Dunninald CastleBeech avenue at Dunninald castleWalled garden at Dunninald Castle Walled Garden at Dunninald Castle Walled Garden at Dunninald Castle Listed greenhouse