2018 is going to be a fantastic year for the open gardens scheme for all of us in Abernethy with more gardens open locally than ever before. Scotland's Open Gardens Scheme (formerly the yellow book garden scheme) is an opportunity to view many amazing gardens which are rarely open to the public. These range from postage stamp sized plots to vast acreages and include immaculate, perfectly managed gardens to wonderful natural oases. On top of this many of the gardens have plants sales, offer teas too and almost all the entry fee that you will pay goes to charity.
Dates for your Diary.
5th May (10am to 5pm) - Abernethy Open Gardens. A range of gardens around the village including Nurse Peattie's Garden (Abernethy in Bloom), Anna Beatha, Main St (Heather Martin), Struan House (Alan Fraser), Eastbank Cottage (Mike Thompson) and many more. Tickets will be available from the Church Hall with maps and details of the all the gardens. £5 entry going to Air Ambulance and Abernethy in Bloom.
20th May - Pitcurran House, Newburgh Rd, Abernethy. A beautiful garden with an interesting mix of trees, rare shrubs and herbaceous plants. £5
17th June - Hidden Gardens of Newburgh. Behind the High St is a jumble of wonderful old gardens, many with spectacular views. Includes a plantsman's garden, a birdwatcher's garden, an orchard, the community orchard and a "phoenix" garden. £5
Many gardens locally will be opening by arrangement. To see these gardens you will have to contact the garden to arrange a date and time that is mutually suitable. This is a often a fantastic experience as you will often get a personal tour.
Eastbank Cottage, Perth Rd, Abernethy - 1st Feb to 30th June
Pitcurran House, Newburgh Rd, Abernethy - 1st April to 30th September
7 Drum Gate, Abernethy - 1st May to 30th June
5 Sutherland Crescent, Abernethy - 14th May to 31st July
For full details it is best to look at the Scheme's website www.scotlandsgardens.org or get yourself a copy of the 2018 guide by calling 0131 226 3714.