Dunskey Gardens is a true gardening gem with walled and woodland gardens, lochs and stunning Victorian glasshouses providing an ever changing palette of colour; from carpets of snowdrops and bluebells in spring to the warm tones of autumn.
Varied plantings provide loads of interest to plantsmen and keen gardeners alike. Winter's end is signalled by a sea of snowdrops while Spring explodes into life with flamboyant primulas and rhododendrons a real feature. Traditional herbaceous plants and scented roses are at their best in Summer, while the rich hues of the trees and shrubs in Autumn are complemented by the exotic flowers in the glasshouses.
The restored working glasshouses are excellent examples of 19th century garden architecture. Originally built by prominent hothouse designers Mackenzie & Moncur, who included Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales among their clients, the glasshouses are now filled with exotic plants, shrubs such as the tropical looking Passiflora, and fruit such as grapes, peaches and nectarines.
Dunskey is a relaxing place to while away the hours and there are many seats through the garden for you to sit in tranquility with only the birds, bees and squirrels for company. Or if you prefer more active garden exploration then take a stroll by the lochs or try out our unique hedge maze! Round your trip off with a visit to the Seasons Tearoom which has a great reputation for freshly prepared food.Don't miss:
- A tour with the gardener, every Wednesday at 11.30am
- OPENING OF RESTORED POT HOUSE GLASSHOUSE SEPTEMBER 28 at 2pm The opening will take the form of a talk on the Mackenzie and Moncur Glasshouses (A Scottish firm which won international acclaim and achieved Royal Patronage in the nineteenth century. This will be followed by an explanation on the method of renovation based on the use of Linseed oil and Linseed pain, which has been pioneered by Holkham Estatets. After the opening ceremony there will be an opportunity to inspect the work and ask any questions. There will be a photographic display of Mackenzie and Moncur glasshouses and the process of our reconstruction. Entrance to the Gardens is free during the afternoon but any donations will be most welcome.
- The Hedge Maze - great fun for adults and children
- Dunskey is home to the National Collection of Clianthus, Nicotiana and Sutherlandia.
- Flaming June: Plants of the month: Astrantia 'Roma', Crinodendron hookerianum, Clemantis 'Broughton Star', Buddleja colvilei 'Kewensis', Magnolia sieboldiana, Pelargonium, Lilium and Abutilon species and cultivars. Come quickly before it is all over!
- In May/June the Drymis is in full flower beside the magnolia - a sight to behold!
Garden and tearoom close Sept 30. During October Gardens open with an honesty box 10 - 4pm until October 30, with no facilities.