Aeolia A third of an acre woodland garden developed since 1960 and designed to have something in flower every month of the year. The garden contains a large variety of mature specimen trees and shrubs, maples, primulas, hardy geraniums and herbaceous plants. Spring bulbs provide early colour and lilies and dahlias provide late season interest. There are a couple of small ponds for wildlife, two greenhouses and a fruit production area. The owners are members of the Scottish Rhododendron Society and have a collection of over 100 specimens, some grown from seed. Areas of the garden are often under development to provide something new to see and provide material for the extensive plant sale, which is all homegrown. Blackmill Across the road from Aeolia, Blackmill is a garden of two parts in that the Garrel Burn runs through the property. On one side is an acre of mature specimen trees, rhododendrons and shrubs on the site of an old waterpowered sickle mill. There is an ornamental pond and a rock pool built into the remains of the mill building. On the other side a further two acres of woodland glen with paths along the Garrel Burn with views to many cascading waterfalls, one with a seven metre drop. New is a large area of wildflowers alongside the burn, a micro hydro scheme is on view along with many different types of dry stone walls.
This is a fundraising event for the open garden charity Scotland’s Gardens Scheme which raises money for hundreds of local charities.