Dougarie gardens to open again

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This year the beautiful gardens at Dougarie Estate will be open again on Tuesday June 29, after a break last year.

The gardens are within a castellated folly built in 1905 to celebrate the marriage of the 12th Duke of Hamilton’s only daughter to the Duke of Montrose.

There is a good selection of tender and rare plants and a small woodland area with trees including nothofagus, hoheria, and abutilons. There will also be plants for sale at the plant stall.

The gardens will be open from 2pm to 5pm on the day but, unfortunately, there will be no cream teas on offer because of Covid restrictions and the Boathouse restoration is not quite finished.

The open day is held under the Scottish Gardens scheme, a charity which raises funds for the Queen’s Nursing Institute, Maggie’s Centres and Perennial.

Sixty per cent of the takings can be given to the charity of the owner’s choice and this year it will be the Pirnmill Village Association.