Scotland’s Gardens Scheme 2018 – Open for Charity

Scotland’s Garden Scheme is a chance to explore Scotland’s private green spaces.  And in 2018, families, wildlife lovers, plantaholics and grow-your-own newbies are in for a treat during 2019 when over 450 gardens open to the public for Scotland’s Gardens Scheme to raise money for charity.

Gardens of all sizes across the country, in cities and villages , on islands and lochs, will  have their gates unlatched to welcome visitors over the year including 57 opening for the first time, 122 walled gardens, 33 urban gardens, 10 community gardens, five allotment societies and 61 gardens belonging to stately homes.

Highlights for 2018

Celebrating the Year of Young People

  • Entry is free for children at all privately-owned gardens opening for the scheme
  • With Scottish International Story Telling Festival during May & October, a series of interative “Growing Stories” Events in six gardens including Fingask in Perthshire with its Alice in Wonderland style topiary.
  • Gruffulo Trail at Ardkinglas Woodland Garden
  • Poetry at Glen House, Peebleshire
  • Duck Races at Highwood in Renfrewshire
  • Woodland Dell with Fairies at Balmeanach House on Skye
  • Fairy Doors at Culter Allers, Lanarkshire and Netherthrid, Ayrshire
  • Willow crown making at Cambo Estate, Fife


Other Highlights

  • New Fife Spring Trail with 12 gardens opening in April and May
  • 24 openings for the Scottish Snowdrop Festival 27 January – 11 March
  • Eight new groups and five new villages including the historic village of Coldstream
  • Japanese Garden at Cowden in Stirling – see the restoration project in its early stages
  • 53 Gardens with historic ‘designed landscapes’ including Temple Village, the  headquarters of the Knights Templar 12 – 14th centures or the stunning restoration of Cardinal Beaton’s home in Angus with a medieval themed walled garden
  • 222 dog-friendly gardens and 125 accessible by public transport including Attadale with its own train station