42 Astle IV25 3NH (Fay Wilkinson): Organic wildlife garden at the edge of boggy moorland. Mixed planting of trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, fruit and vegetables, many on raised beds for improved drainage. There is a natural pond.
Auchlea IV25 3HY (John & Fiona Garvie): The creation from its natural state as a wetland of rushes and whins began in 1998 with the drainage and sowing of a lawn on introduced topsoil. The planting of trees, mostly around its periphery was also begun. Extensive, herbaceous borders with a wide variety of colour and species has gradually developed. Sheltered vegetable garden and recently re-planted bog garden. The continued use of garden and household compost has progressively improved stony ground around the boundary where a mixed hedge has made good progress. The resulting overall feel is that of a maturing cottage garden.
Skelbo House IV25 3QG (Alison Bartlett): Extensive woodland garden with spectacular views over Loch Fleet. Mixed herbaceous borders, rose garden and shrubberies around the house and set in lawns sloping down to a small lochan and river walkway. Mature trees throughout. Large kitchen garden.
The Old Smithy IV25 3RW (Donald and Mary Kennedy): This quite wild garden overlooks the Dornoch Firth, with a wide view over a field. It has a rockery, herbaceous border, raised beds, grass areas with trees.
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.