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Beautiful Gardens in Dumfries and Galloway

The gardens of Dumfries & Galloway are blessed with a climate unusual within Scotland. From the palm fringed west coast, to the secluded walled gardens further east, to the specialist nurseries tending rare and unusual plants to the annual floral outburst in towns and villages, competing for Britain in Bloom.

A touch of the exotic 

Logan Botanic Garden will wow you with displays of southern hemisphere plants, the well tended grounds of Threave Garden make up one of the most popular visitor attractions in the region, Crichton estate spans 34 landscaped hectares with spectacular views over the Nith estuary.

While a huge range of smaller gardens, such as Glenwhan with it’s magnificent sea views and small lochans, ensures Dumfries & Galloway boasts a diversity of plants and garden design rare in Scotland.

Discover the local gardens around Dumfries and Galloway

For lovers of nature’s colourful displays a tour across the breadth of Dumfries & Galloway gives you a wealth of ideas, specimens, advice, inspiration and memories to take back home.

Here at Knockinaam Lodge we offer Garden Breaks during the Summer months which include vouchers for local gardens & Logan Fish Pond, for 2 or more nights stay.

View our recommended gardens to visit in the area below.

Logan Botanical Gardens

At the south western tip of Scotland lies Logan, unrivalled as “Scotland’s Most Exotic Garden”. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, a remarkable collection of southern hemisphere plants flourish, making this a plantsman’s paradise.

Famed for its tender collections, Logan is a showcase for colourful blooms throughout the season. Highlights include 3 acre Walled Garden, renowned for it’s collection of South African bulbs and tender perennials, and the contrasting Woodland Garden.

See also the unworldly Gunnera Bog and evocative Tasmanian Creek. Over 1,800 different plant species, including around 120 that are threatened in the wild, can be seen thriving at Logan.

Part of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Logan Botanical Gardens is also home to the Potting Shed Tea Room.

Open Sundays in February then every day 1st March until 15th November.

Tel: 01776 860231

Also while at Logan Gardens, the Port Logan Fish Pond & Beach are a must. Find out more here.

Glenwhan Gardens, Arboretum & Tearoom 

Dunragit, Stranraer, DG9 8PH.

Just one mile from the A75 at the village of Dunragit.

Amazing gardens – a magical place with lots of surprises. Designed from scratch by Tessa Knott, a true inspiration.

Tel: 01581400222

Castle Kennedy Gardens

Stranraer, DG9 8SJ.

Family home to the 14th Earl and Countess of Stair, the gardens were the inspiration of the 2nd Earl of Stair in the 1730’s and are famous for colourful displays of Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Embothriums, many rare and exotic plants, 21 Champion Trees and several avenues and the romantic ruins of 16th Century Castle Kennedy.

Tel: 01776 702024 

Calley Gardens, Nursery & Garden Centre

Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2DJ.  

Cally Gardens and Specialist Plant Centre is a treasure trove of exotic and rare hardy plants gathered from around the Globe. It is a must see for plant lovers but please note that the garden is a modern, natural and organic garden and nothing remains of the formal 18th century plan.  The towering 18th century walls shelter over 5000 rare plants all hand selected from their natural habitat by the famous plant collector Michael Wickenden.  After his death the gardens closed for a few years and reopened in 2018 under the ownership of another plant hunter (and ecologist) Kevin Hughes.

Tel: 07720 718671  

Broughton House & Garden – Landmark and historical house 

2 High Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JX

Home of painter E.A. Hornel (a “Glasgow Boy”) from 1901 until 1933, and his sister Tizzy until her death in 1950.

The house holds Hornel’s pictures, vast collection of artefacts and furniture.  An extensive garden with all year interest.

Tel: 01557 330437

Threave Garden & Nature Reserve 

Castle Douglas, DG71RX.

The garden is divided into a series of smaller gardens to showcase different styles, including a rose garden, rockery and walled garden.

A garden for all seasons and a haven for wildlife with an osprey platform and bat reserve.

Tel: 01556 502575

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