Home to some of the country’s most significant green spaces including a National Park, Perthshire, Angus and Fife are also particularly regarded for their world-class gardens. Before you set off exploring them, make sure to buy a special Visit Gardens collection pass for £20 which entitles you to unlimited entry into 16 gardens across the three regions over a fortnight.
Take some time out to discover the Branklyn Garden, a floral oasis within walking distance of the city of Perth. The garden contains an extensive collection of rare and unusual plants, including Himalayan poppies. With each new season the gardens are an explosion of colour and textures thanks to an array of plants from China, Tibet and Bhutan.
Follow in the footsteps of famous Scottish plant hunters as you meander through the exotic Explorers’ Garden in Pitlochry. Helping to tell the enthralling stories behind the men who risked life and limb to bring interesting plants back to Scotland, take in views of South Africa before trekking through the North American glade.
Deep in the Perthshire countryside, near Aberfeldy, lies Cluny House Gardens, an enchanting woodland teeming with fascinating trees, plants and wildlife, including Britain’s widest conifer measuring 11 m. Look out for woodpeckers, jays and red squirrels as you follow trails and paths through the flourishing gardens.
Also included in the prestigious collection are the gardens at Falkland Palace in Fife. Wander through the stunning sculpted shrubs and borders in the grounds where the young Mary Queen of Scots spent many of her happiest days 'playing the country girl in the woods and parks'. The 17th century orchard, filled with apple, pear, plum and cherry trees, gives exceptional views of the palace and medieval village of Falkland.
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