Scotland's Gardens


East Lothian Garden Trail 2014

East Lothian Garden Trail 2014

Scotland's Gardens announces another new initiative for 2014 - The East Lothian Trail with ten participating gardens which starts on Tuesday 17 June and continues until Saturday 21 June. All gardens will be open on 20 and 21 June 1.00 - 6.00pm and at specific times on the other days - full details are provided in the leaflet.

ADMISSION: By pre-paid ticket at £20.00 for all 10 gardens. Accompanied children free.

TICKETS: Tickets (limited in number) are available only in advance by using the Buy Now button below or by cheque payable to Scotland's Gardens from Bill Alder, Granary House, Kippielaw, Haddington, East Lothian EH41 4PY. 

The leaflet describing the gardens and providing a map, opening times, directions and details of plant stalls, teas, wheelchair access will be sent with each ticket.

The following gardens will be participating:                                                                                                                                                                          

    1. Blackdykes:                    A series of rooms and spaces created from open fields and 
                                                hemmed-in by walls and hedges of hornbeam yew and beech.     

    2. Birrells House:              A deceptively spacious village garden with a good mix of 
                                                herbaceous, shrubs and roses.

    3. Bowerhouse with Bowerhouse Walled Garden: Two contrasting but complementary
                                               gardens set in 26 acres of parkland, orchard and woodland walks.

    4. Congalton House:        Country house garden of character. Herbaceous borders,
                                                rockery, rose beds, terrace and sunken garden.

    5. Frostineb:                     An evolving farmhouse garden on several acres at
                                               750 ft; mixed borders, ornamental trees and shrubs,
                                               rhododendrons and azaleas.

    6. Humbie Dean:              A two acre garden at 600 ft with the core created in the 1960s,
                                                under renovation and major extension since 2008.

    7. Inwood:                          An RHS Partner Garden, informal in layout, 26 island beds
                                                packed with rare and unusual plants as well as old favourites.

    8. Redcliffe:                      A garden of many different rooms, formal terraces, woodland,
                                                herbacous and lawns, vegetable garden and steep steps running
                                                down to the river.

    9. Stevenson Steading:     A two acre walled garden, early summer herbaceous borders;
                                                espaliered roses and climbers; over sixty different hostas;
                                                woodland walk along the Tyne.

   10. Stobshiel:                      At 700ft, centred around a formal walled garden; azaleas,
                                                meconopsis and rhododendrons; ponds planted with primulas,
                                                hostas and damp loving plants; and a woodland garden.                                                                                                                         


There will also be an open-air exhibition of sculptures by Kate Denton, one of the foremost figurative sculptors in the UK, at Stobshiel House during the Trail (see                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


60% of the net proceeds of the trail will go to Scotland's Gardens beneficiary charities - Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres, The Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland, the Gardens Fund of the National Trust for Scotland and Perennial. The remainder will be split equally between Leuchie House and The Lamp of Lothian.