Abernethy, Aberargie and Dron News

Last date for submissions

31st October 2022

Date of publication

1st December 2022


Abernethy Horticultural Society are trying something new this year and instead of Garden Day some of the nicest gardens in the village are opening as a group under the Scottish Garden Scheme. We would love to see you there and any donations of baking, plants or help on the day would be very welcome! All gardens are non smoking and only guide dogs are allowed.

Pitcurran House PH2 9LH (The Hon Ranald and Mrs Noel-Paton) End of village garden with an interesting combination of trees, shrubs and plants. Euphorbia mellifera and melianthus major grow happily amongst hebes and cistus. Rhododendrons, azaleas, meconopsis, trilliums, tree peonies, Smilacena racemosa and a good Caragana arborescens 'Lorbergii'.There is a rose pergola covered in Blush Noisetta, 'Feicite Perpetue' and 'Paul's Himalayan Musk'.

Carey House PH2 9N (Caroline and Alan Boyle): Six-year old two acre garden in the process of creation from fields rich in thistles and brambles. Includes small orchard, herbaceous beds, rose garden, pond area, cottage garden, cutting garden, vegetable and herb beds, lawns - all with panoramic views of the Ochils.

Bloomfield House PH2 9LW (Claire Jones & Kyle Strachan): Half acre cottage garden, reclaimed from wilderness six years ago and beginning to mature. Mixed planting of trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs. Two small nature ponds. Back garden has raised beds and children’s play area.

Mornington Cottage (Keir Allen and Rachel Battilana): Located on the site of the Culdees monastery and just down the road from Abernethy’s famous Round Tower, this kitchen garden has been producing food for the surrounding buildings for at least the last 210 years, possibly the last 1000. Fuelled by local horse manure, the rotating beds yield a wide variety of organic fruit and vegetables. Also features child and baby play equipment and a gigantic hen run. Disabled access may not be possible.

Eastbank Cottage PH2 9LR (Mike and Elsa Thomson): Traditional Scottish cottage, one third acre garden, walled and bounded by a small burn to the East. Azaleas, rhododendrons, erythroniums, varieties of wood anemones, trillium and a fine display of clematis. Altogether a little haven in the country.

7, Drum Gate PH2 9SA (Mr and Mrs C Morrison): An attractive garden split into extensive herbaceous borders, large lawn areas and a young woodland with matasequoias, tulip tree, rhododendrons and wonderful views across the Tay Valley and upwards to the Ochils. Fruit trees and scrubs bearing produce. Listen and observe the many species of bird attracted to the garden at the Children’s Hideaway Cottage.

Garden Openings

Saturday 24 June 10:00am - 6:00pm (last entry 4:00pm)

Admissions £8.00, includes tea and cake


Abernethy in Bloom receives 19%, Museum of Abernethy receives 7%, The Williamson Hall receives 7%, Abernethy Pavillion receives 7%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries

Other Details

Tickets, maps, teas, plant and produce stalls in the church hall at School Wynd. Tea and cake included in ticket price, light lunch available to purchase. Parking available at Crees Inn, Main Street for a donation to PADS and Second Chance.