Argyll and Bute Scotland
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WELCOME TO THE GLORIOUS GARDENS OF ARGYLL & BUTE Argyll is a dramatic county in the west highlands of Scotland, though within easy reach of Glasgow. The terrain ranges from the wild mountain scenery of the interior down to rugged and beautiful coastline and offshore islands.
Welcome to Argyll and Bute Scotland
This is a diverse area of rich culture and contrasts. For those who love
nature and the outdoors, it offers forest parks and colourful floral gardens,
beautiful islands each full of individual character, and abundant wildlife.
For lovers of history, there is an unparalleled range of historic sites
including castles, monuments and historic houses where Scotland's turbulent
past, clan heritage and rich history will delight the visitor. You can
take to the seas to explore the rugged coast of Argyll, or take a more
relaxing cruise on some of the most famous lochs in Scotland. Your can
even visit many of the area's internationally famous distilleries to see
how our national drink is made. Whatever your interests, you're sure to
have a packed itinerary.
Atlantic weather systems tend of dominate the area, with high rainfall and westerly winds being the factors which have most influenced Argyll gardeners over the years. The majority of the Glorious Gardens are situated in coastal or island areas where the moist, westerly airstreams and the North Atlantic Drift have a moderating influence, precluding extremes of temperature. These characteristics provide ideal conditions for plants from many temperate parts of the world, in particular the Sino-Himalayan region, southern South America and southern Australasia. On a less positive note, high winds from the sea make shelter essential for coastal gardens, and where this is not naturally provided then gardeners have had to create it - the high wall at An Cala, and the shelterbelts at a number of exposed gardens are examples of this, together with the walled gardens at Ardencraig, Ardmaddy, Kinlochlaich and Jura House.
The Gardens range from informal woodland gardens to classic examples of 18th century design. They may be planted within a natural setting as are Crarae, Ardtornish and Barguillean's Angus Garden or be designed gardens such as An Cala, Ardencraig and Ascog Hall, the latter with a wonderful Victorian fernery. Some gardens were planted as a foil to historic buildings, Torosay, Ardchattan and Ardmaddy among them, whereas many others have exceptional plant collections like Crarae, Ardkinglas and Arduaine on mainland Argyll, or the island gardens of Achamore and Colonsay.
Plant collectors from Victorian times to present day have brought back seed and plants to the gardens of Argyll. The giant redwood, Sequoiadendron giganteum, can be seen in an early planting as a splendid avenue at Benmore, while rhododendrons from Joseph Hooker's Sikkim expedition of 1849 thrive at Stonefield Castle, Kilmory and Glenarn where rhododendron introductions from Kingdon-Ward and Ludlow & Sheriff also thrive. Venerable specimens of Rhododendron arboreum subsp. zeylanicum at Arduaine are the result of an introduction by J. Arthur Campbell of that garden from his tea plantations in Ceylon. In addition to rhododendrons and azaleas all the classic spring woodland plants such as magnolias, camellias, meconopsis and primulas are seen in profusion in Argyll and many gardens have plant collections that continue in flower well into autumn.
The common factor of the Argyll gardens is their individuality. Each
garden has a variety of terrain; many are mainly level with smooth paths,
while some are steep and rocky. Each garden has different facilities;
some have tearooms or can provide catering for pre-booked groups, some
have shops and plant sales and toilets. All will do their best to provide
access for visitors of every age, interest and ability.
Accommodation around Argyll and Bute
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