The gardens are approximately one mile apart which is either a nice walk or simple drive.
Marlfield TD12 4JT: Two and a half acre garden with extensive lawns, specimen trees, shrubberies, flower beds, a half acre woodland wind break, half acre paddock with a large allotment type raised vegetable garden, fruit cage and small orchard. The present owners have worked extensively over the past five years to create the allotment and fruit beds from a vacant field. The main garden is still a work in progress, restoring or creating order from what was a very neglected garden. The rockery and fish pond are almost complete. Marlfield is a lovely tranquil garden where one can honestly hear nothing but birds singing and our bees buzzing.
Ruthven House TD12 4JU: Lovely views toward the Cheviots and is accessed via a sweeping driveway. There are three acres divided into various interconnected areas, including a traditional knot garden, gravel gardens, an orchard set in meadow planting, a newly establish rose garden and informal herbaceous borders which lead to the garden's main feature, two ponds connected by a winding stream. The owners have over the last few years expanded the garden extensively from the original small beds around the house - adding different areas as inspiration struck. The most recent additions are a substantial kitchen garden and (perhaps optimistically) a small lavender field.
Over half of the gardens are taking part to support open garden charity Scotland’s Gardens Scheme which raises money for hundreds of local charities.