You are welcomed into the unfolding story of the many generations of one family, the remarkable Quaker Backhouse horticulturalists whose legacy is being brought back to life by the current 6th generation, now an RHS Partner Garden with National Collection of Backhouse daffodils and a connection to Mary Queen of Scots. Along with Garden Café serving home baking, teas and lunches.
Herbaceous borders with wispy grasses, colourful perennials and rarities. Allium plantings, surround a grass labyrinth. A water feature, short rill and formal pond functions as a reservoir.
Potager containing cut flowers, herbs, vegetables and soft fruits. Espalier Apples, Shade border, sunny lawns and putting.
Recycled stone, estate timber and collected rainwater have been used in the garden’s evolving restoration and design story. A woodland walk, with daffodils in season, leads to a ruined Covenanters tomb plus a Horrible History trail for children and for adults offers an insight into the historic Rossie Estate and connection to Mary Queen of Scots.
Inspiration for the walled garden’s design was the owners co-joined initials C-G & A-T which form the base pairs of DNA, these letters are carved into the centromere sculpture which sits in the centre of the double helix pathway with scented roses scrambling over interrupted archways above.
Café serves breakfasts, light lunches and tea, Barista coffee, Backhouse blended teas and we use produce from the garden grown free from chemicals and locally sourced ingredients where possible. Plant sales and Scottish gifts available.