Pitmedden Garden was originally created in 1675 by Sir Alexander Seton. When The National Trust for Scotland took over the Property in 1952 it was an established working kitchen garden. The Trust set about re-creating the Great Garden using 17th century plans of the gardens at Edinburgh’s Holyrood Palace.
Nowadays, this tranquil garden boasts a marvellous collection of heritage apples, magnificent herbaceous borders and miles of box hedge parterres, in-filled with tens of thousands of colourful annual bedding plants. Recently, a new orchard was established, increasing the variety of apples at the Property.
The Property provides seasonal interest with the Lupin Border (shown below), magnificent herbaceous borders, intoxicating fragrances from honeysuckle, roses and jasmine. Many old apple varieties grow on the centuries old perimeter garden walls. There is topiary, an apple arch, herb garden, fountain and sundial and other garden ornaments.
The Property’s Museum of Farming Life has a fascinating collection of old agricultural implements and machinery including tractors, ploughs and dairy equipment, bringing the farming past to life.
Surrounding the Garden is a one hundred acre estate with a pleasant and easy walk through native woodland. In late spring, superb rhododendrons border the Estate’s Lady Mary’s pond, providing spectacular reflections.
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