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Beatrix Potter Garden, Torwood House and the Mill of Forneath
May 26, 2018 : 10:00 am – 4:30 pm£15.00
Book Online or send a cheque made payable to the ‘Professional Gardeners’ Guild’ for £15.00 per head to Colin Carmichael, Selma, Old Crieff Road, Aberfeldy, Perthshire, PH15 2DH. For more details email Colin Carmichael for this event.
PGG visit to Beatrix Potter Garden, Torwood House and the Mill of Forneath.
The Beatrix Potter Garden
Whilst Beatrix Potter is most often associated with the Lake District you may not be aware of her long and fruitful relationship with Dunkeld & Birnam area. It was her family’s long summer breaks in nearby Dalguise, usually from May to the end of the salmon season in October, that were to be one of the most enduring influences on Beatrix’s development both as an artist and scientist. Here she was free to explore the countryside around her, indulging her interest in the natural world. This small landscaped garden is populated with bronze sculptures of some of her characters.
Torwood House, Birnam. Is an outstanding example of an early-mid Victorian Highland resort in a setting of great natural beauty, built following the opening of the Perth and Dunkeld Railway in 1856. It is set on top of a steep hill surrounded by an eight acre garden that was originally laid out to trees and grass. The present owners the Silburns bought it 40 years ago and have worked steadily on it ever since. Removing the over mature trees and filling it with plants. It has an interesting brick tower summer house and a concrete structured greenhouse from the 1940’s. It will be in full bloom at our visit with a lot of Spring flowering trees and shrubs especially azaleas. This is an unusual garden that is full of unexpected surprises. Tidy it is not, Dr Michael Silburn is a collector of art, antiques and plants. And despite being in a wheel chair he still tends the garden with his wife, Jan and occasional help. Michael propagates anything he can get his hands on. Filling an already packed garden with even more plants. Come along and be intrigued!
Mill of Forneath
Built on the site of a watermill on the Lunan Burn, originally laid out in the 1970s by James Aitken, the Scottish landscape designer and naturalist. The sheltered four acre garden has a range of mature trees, including a Himalayan blue cedar, large rhododendrons, azaleas and a wide range of shrubs. The former mill lade feeds rocky waterfalls and a lily pond. Planting includes established perennials with seasonal colours, many bulbs, primulas and heathers, plus a vegetable garden on the site of an old tennis court.
10.00 Meet at the Birnam Art & Conference Centre for tea/coffee and a scone.
10.30 Visit the Beatrix Potter Garden.
11.00 Walk up the hill to Torwood House 500m.
13.00 Lunch at Birnam Arts (pay for your own or bring a picnic to enjoy in the gardens).
14.00 Mill of Forneath.
16.00 Tea/coffee before departing for home.
Birnam Arts & Conference Centre, Station Road, Birnam, Dunkeld, Perthshire PH8 0DS
Birnam is just off the A9 watch for signposts for Dunkeld, twenty five minutes North of Perth. Birnam Arts is located in the centre of the town opposite the Birnam House Hotel. Plenty of free parking available.
Cost for day £15.00 a head which will cover tea/coffee and a scone on arrival, a donation to charity for entrance to two of the gardens and tea/coffee on departure.