The garden at Newtonairds is a beautiful setting for the National Collection (plant Heritage) of Hosta plantaginea hybrids and cultivars, all of which have fragrant flowers. Garden Opens limited days, Groups and private bookings welcome.
We are sorry to report the Garden will not be open on a regular basis this year due to yet another catastophic flood in December 2015. The long term future of the Garden is in jeopardy as the loss and damage is untenable. In desperation we have a petition so please sign if you support us. However please phone first if you wish to visit this year, you will be very welcome and groups are welcome by arrangement although we cannot offer teas.
The National Collection of fragrant flowered Hostas is integrated on a woodland bank in this one acre plantsman's garden.
The exuberantly filled lower garden is punctuated with statues, topiary and a dramatic gravelled rose and clematis circle which surrounds heritage vegetable beds. We try to Garden as organically as we can, use no pesticides and have Indian Runner ducks to help remove slugs and provide us with eggs for baking. We sell an increasing variety of home grown plants including specialist Hostas. Also flower seed, greeting cards, plant Gift Vouchers and multi-purpose compost. There is also a small gallery with framed botanical photography, and crafts.
About Plant Heritage (NCCPG) from their website
What is a National Plant Collection®?
"Plant Heritage's (NCCPG's) mission is to conserve, grow, propagate, document and make available the amazing resource of cultivated plants that exists in the UK. The reason we feel this is important is covered on the Why Conserve Plants? page.
Our main conservation vehicle is the Plant Heritage National Plant Collection® scheme where individuals or organisations undertake to document, develop and preserve a comprehensive collection of one group of plants in trust for the future. Most of the collections are based around a related group, for example a collection of oaks or daffodils. This allows the scheme to develop systematic coverage of cultivated plants in the United Kingdom."
Turn off the A76 at Holywood and take the B729 (Dunscore) for 1 mile. Turn left (Newtonairds/Morrinton). The Lodge is on the right after 3 miles. Address and contact details: Newtonairds Lodge