‘I am just bowled over! I have never ever seen so many and such a variety of species rhododendrons growing in a private garden in this country’. This was the reaction of an eminent gardener from Ireland when she saw the garden for the first time. Craigowan is truly a wonderful garden, a hidden gem situated on a quiet public road overlooking the Tay and Tummel valleys at an elevation of 600 ft. But this garden is not just for lovers of rhododendrons and azaleas. The garden now extends to five acres with woodland, lawns and formal herbaceous and planted areas. While the plant collection is mainly rhododendrons, magnolias, lilies and other traditional companion plants there is a wonderful show of meconopsis, followed by the giant Himalayan lilies in June, and the immaculate herbaceous borders are of interest and colour until mid-October. The rhododendron and azalea flowering period extends for almost 12 months but the most significant show is from mid-April until June. There is always a risk of frost which can wreck rhododendron flowering in the spring but there is a good collection of hardy species which have grown well and recent losses have been rare.
From north or south A9 to Ballinluig junction. Follow sign for Tulliemet and Dalcapon. Pass the filling station and Red Brolly Cafe. Turn right following the Tulliemet/ Dalcapon sign. This is a steep narrow road so take care. About ½ mile up the road take a left turning with fields on either side and Craigowan is the first house on the left about ½ mile along. Park on paviours adjoining house.
By arrangement 15 April - 31 July
£6.00, includes tea
LUPUS UK receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries
Groups are welcome to visit the garden. Tea and coffee by prior arrangement only.
Ian and Christine Jones
Call 01796 482244