Threave has been on my ‘to visit’ list for a few years, ever since one of my gardening club friends told me about it – it’s the National Trust’s Training Centre for future Professional Gardeners and is home to the School of Heritage Gardening.
Based just outside Castle Douglas, down in Dumfries and Galloway, it’s not really on the beaten track so when I found out one of our Regional Meetings was going to be held there I was more than happy to head along.
We had our meeting in the ‘big house’ and then we were lucky enough to get a guided tour of the garden from gardener Brian McMillan. I do love a walled garden but this one was enormous! The produce is used in the cafe and is also on sale to the public.
It’s a wonderful place for wildlife, we saw a Red Squirrel, and it’s also home to Scotland’s only bat reserve. There’s a viewing platform for ospreys and wildfowl as well as wildlife hides in the nature reserve. There’s a visitor centre, plant sale and terrace cafe so it’d be easy to spend a good while here, well worth the trip!
Whilst open throughout the year, it’s open, with proceeds going to Scotland’s Gardens Scheme charities, on Sunday 23rd June.