It was under Catherine’s guidance that the gardens were first opened 20 years ago and now, ably assisted by her Head Gardener, Elliott Forsyth, who joined the estate in 2001, the garden is increasingly gaining attention and praise from the gardening press, the enthusiastic gardener and visitors looking for somewhere interesting and relaxing to spend a quiet hour or two.
Accessed through the informal woodland garden beside the potting shed, this romantic Victorian garden of 2.5 acres is designed round the Cambo burn with waterfall and rose-clad wrought-iron bridges. The central point is the summer-house with bridge and willow tree, reminiscent of a willow-pattern plate.
With its large greenhouses the garden has always supplied the house with flowers, fruit and vegetables but it has changed quite dramatically since the days when Jack Greig continued in his father’s footsteps as Head Gardener. Fifteen years ago there were still rows of marching dahlias, lines of bedding plants and vast beds of fruit and vegetables – so prolific that they supplied all the local shops and hotels. A large section was given over to a planting of Christmas trees which have since matured and been sold.
Elliott’s combined creativity and knowledge of plants produces vast herbaceous borders of naturalistic plantings of interesting perennials, a wonderful ornamental vegetable garden, a beautifully planted moist garden and constant changes.