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  • A couple in the garden of Broughton House in Kirkcudbright, the former home of EA Hornel
    The garden of Broughton House, Kirkcudbright
  • Three children walk past the colourful blooms of Castle Kennedy Gardens, near Stranraer
    Rhododendrons in bloom at Castle Kennedy Gardens
  • Looking across the pond in the walled garden of the Dunskey Estate, Portpatrick
    The walled garden of the Dunskey Estate, Portpatrick
  • Looking out across the water at Glenwhan Gardens, near Stranraer
    Glenwhan Gardens, near Stranraer
  • Looking out across the pond at Logan Botanic Garden, Port Logan
    Logan Botanic Garden, Port Logan

Enjoy a world of colour in the gardens of Dumfries & Galloway where palm trees and African daisies mix with daffodils and silver birch trees.

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.

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  1. Drumlanrig Castle

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    Castles

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    5 Castle

    Thornhill

    Explore the vast estate and enchanting interior of one of Scotland’s finest stately homes. The magnificent 17th century Drumlanrig Castle boasts over 40 acres of beautiful maintained gardens and offers a range of of activities for the whole family.

  2. Woodfall Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Newton Stewart

    Woodfall is a wonderful, 3 acre, triple walled garden originally built in the 18th century. It lies hidden behind Glasserton Church and can only be accessed through a small arched door.

  3. Logan House Garden

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    Garden Centres

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    Drummore

    This Victorian woodland garden features champion trees, immaculate sweeping lawns, pathways that meander through ancient shrubberies and a majestic monkey puzzle avenue. Logan House Garden bursts into colour in spring then becomes host to the ‘forty

  4. Agnew Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 2 Visitor Attraction
    2 Visitor Attraction

    Stranraer

    Agnew Park has a wide range of leisure facilities for all ages including a large boating lake with a range of boats, including canoes, skiffs and pedalos.

  5. Elmlea Plants

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Newton Stewart

    This family-run nursery in charming Old Minnigaff specialises in herbaceous perennials and grasses.

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    Whithorn

    Claymoddie Garden was designed, landscaped and planted by the late owner and plantsman, Robin Nicholson, over a period of 50 years. This famous Wigtownshire garden has been described as “the most romantic in these parts”.

  7. Cally Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Kirkcudbright

    Cally Gardens is a specialist nursery in an 18th century walled garden, surrounded by the Cally Oak woods.

  8. Aldouran Wetland Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Stranraer

    The wetland habitat and bird hide can be found on the edge of Leswalt village, adjacent to Aldouran Glen Woodland and bounded by the Aldouran Burn.

  9. Threave Garden And Estate

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Castle Douglas

    This garden for all seasons is renowned for its springtime daffodils, herbaceous beds ablaze with colour in summer and dense heather gardens in autumn.

  10. Castledykes Park & Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Dumfries

    Castledykes Park is a park in Dumfries and is near to another of the town’s green spaces, The Dock Park.

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