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Backhouse at Rossie Estate


Backhouse at Rossie Estate


It is in the DNA - 10 years in the making, you are welcomed into the unfolding story of the many generations of one family, the remarkable Quaker Backhouse horticulturalists whose legacy is being brought back to life by the current 6th generation. See the Backhouse Centre, Walled Garden, cafe and plant sales, now an RHS Partner Garden. For April opening see the rare Backhouse daffodils recently awarded National Collection status, for children there is a fun Easter themed Woodland Trail.
The genesis for the garden’s design concept was the coincidental realisation the owner’s co-joined initials C-G A-T form the two base pairs of DNA, these letters are carved into the centromere sculpture which sits in the centre of the double helix pathway with scented roses scrambling over interrupted archways above. Herbaceous borders with wispy grasses, colourful perennials and rarities. Allium plantings, surround a grass labyrinth. A water feature, short rill and formal pond functions as a reservoir supporting the garden’s watering requirements. Culinary and medicinal herbs, vegetables and cut flowers fill the pottager with old espaliered fruit trees trained on the stone walls. Interesting scree and rock garden and peat bed plantings. A woodland walk, with daffodils in season, leads to a ruined tomb.


Between Auchtermuchty and Collessie on A91. One mile east of Auchtermuchty turn right for Charlottetown, turn first right into Rossie Estate onto an untarred drive.

Garden Openings

Saturday 15 April 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Sunday 25 June 2:00pm - 5:00pm




Fife Voluntary Action receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries

Features & Catering

  • Disabled Access
  • Home-made teas available.

Other Details

National Plant Collection ®: daffodils Information area and short video. The Backhouse Centre welcomes academic and horticultural enquiries, please contact Caroline Thomson. No dogs apart from Guide Dogs.


Mr & Mrs Andrew and Caroline Thomson
By Collessie
KY15 7UZ




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