The magnificent Dumfries House and its beautifully restored Queen Elizabeth Garden

Dumfries House near Cumnock in Ayr is definitely a must see for all plant lovers. In 2007 The Prince of Wales saved the Robert and John Adam designed house and its Chippendale furniture for the nation. A trust was set up to look after the house and restore the garden to its former glory. The past two years has seen a remarkable transformation to the estate. The 5 acre Walled Garden has been redesigned by Michael Innes from Fife for visitors and locals to enjoy. He has beautifully restored the Walled Garden whilst taking on board the size and challenging levels.  There are now new terraces, greenhouses, and formal areas as well as an Education Centre used by community groups and schools to teach horticulture. As well as the Walled Garden there is the Rothesay Garden, Woodland Garden and the Formal Gardens by the front of the house to enjoy.

This is a fascinating project and is well worth visiting to see how the gardens at Dumfries House continue to evolve and mature over time.


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Kirsty Wilson

Horticulture is my inspiration! I am the Herbaceous Supervisor at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Photographer, Award winning Garden Designer, BBC Beechgrove Garden Television Presenter & BBC Radio 4 GQT Panellist. I want to inspire people to grow plants, connect with nature and have a positive impact on the world.

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