Culzean Castle perches on top of the spectacular cliffs of the Ayrshire coast, looking out to sea on one side and over its historic gardens and grounds on the other, acting simultaneously as a viewing platform and as a splendid backdrop for the extensive gardens. Hear how Culzean’s unique situation and climate allow many usually tender plants to flourish outdoors such as the exotic pineapple guava Acca sellowiana, 2 metres high Canary Island echiums, or the Loquat tree Eriobotrya japonica. Hear about the walled garden, created in a double plan blunt diamond shape to maximise sunlight but also to create working and pleasure gardens in one space. And how the land where the walled garden now sits was once the property of a former slave called Scipio, who was brought to Culzean as a child, but earned his freedom and the right to this high value plot of land. Join Scotland’s Gardens Scheme and The Scottish International Storytelling Festival in “Growing Stories”. A fun packed way to explore some of Scotland’s gardens. See gardens with new eyes once you hear stories, from local storytellers, about their creation, history and interaction with the environment. For more information see Scotland’s Gardens Scheme website.
This is a fundraising event for the open garden charity Scotland’s Gardens Scheme which raises money for hundreds of local charities.