Sitting on the south west side of Scotland, the gardens of Dumfries & Galloway are blessed with a rich climate, which ensures they are amongst the most inspiring, unusual and colourful spaces in the country.
Discover a huge variety of gardens to visit, each bursting with colour and interest all year round.
Plants from the southern hemisphere thrive at Logan Botanic Garden in Port Logan. Keep your eyes peeled for Himalayan poppies, New Zealand forget-me-nots and African daisies as the weather becomes warmer.
Explore 40 acres of enchanting plants and flowers at Drumlanrig Castle Gardens. You’ll be transported back in time as you wander around the Formal Garden, with sections such as the Long Terrace Walk, the Shawl and East Parterre dating back to the early 17th and 18th centuries. Walk along the Victorian paths and see the heather-clad pavilions with rustic timbers of silver birch and larch.
A trip to Japan at the end of the 19th century inspired Scottish artist E A Hornel to develop part of Broughton House Garden in a Japanese style. You’ll still be able to see some of his chosen plants so enjoy gazing out at the formal space with the low-clipped box hedges and colourful herbaceous plants, trees and shrubs.
Visit Castle Kennedy Gardens near Stranraer and marvel at fine specimens of rhododendrons, azaleas and embothriums, as well as other exotic plants. There are over 75 acres of landscaped grounds to explore, and the stunning walled garden is framed by the romantic ruins of Castle Kennedy itself.
Other amazing Dumfries & Galloway gardens include Dunskey Gardens, home to the region’s first hedge maze, Galloway House Gardens, still maintained to a 1740s design, and Glenwhan Gardens, with views across Luce Bay to the Mull of Galloway.
You can find details on a range of gardens and nurseries in the Dumfries & Galloway Garden Guide.