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Kevock Garden Plants

October 4, 2015 : 10:00 am1:00 pm


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Kevock Garden Plants, Lasswade

Please contact Susan Russell for this event.

PGG AGM weekend – Kevock Garden Plants, Lasswade

PGG Scotland member Susan Russell has arranged some other visits for the AGM weekend –

“On Sunday (4th October) in the morning will be a visit to Stella and David Rankin’s garden and nursery at Kevock Garden Plants, Lasswade (just south of Edinburgh). Stella may not be there but there will be someone to take us round”.

Kevock Garden Plants

Kevock Garden was first planted over 40 years ago. The major development was done by Sir John Randall, an enthusiastic horticulturalist, but best known for his invention of the cavity magnetron (the widget that makes both radar and your domestic microwave cooker possible), and for being head of the department in which Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin did their work on the structure of DNA. His scientific skill was shown by his botanical choices. His early plantings of trees are now mature, giving structure and form, and many of the rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias are substantial, flowering profusely in early summer.

At 77 he was unable to cope with the steep slope, and in 1983 Stella and David Rankin moved in. They reclaimed treasures from the undergrowth, and then, with a particular interest in rare alpines, started to build rockeries, terracing parts of the slopes. Many of the first plants were grown from seeds from the Scottish Rock Garden Club and Alpine Garden Society but now they draw on many sources, testing introductions in the garden.

The garden slopes down towards the North Esk River, just south of Edinburgh, and faces south-west. The top of the slope is well-drained sand, but the underlying clay emerges at the bottom of the garden, so that is permanently wet. Kevock Garden Plants are therefore able to grow a huge range of plants in a small area.

More details are available at www.kevockgarden.co.uk


Start at 10.00 and finish around mid-day to allow those traveling long distances time to get home.


There is no cost for this visit.


Kevock Garden is at 16 Kevock Road, which is on the edge of Lasswade, about 5 miles south of the centre of Edinburgh. Kevock Road is to the south side of the A768, between Lasswade and Loanhead, and is distinguished by a sign to Drummond Grange Nursing Home. Kevock Road bends immediately to the right, and after 200 m bends sharply left, down a hill. Number 16 is facing you at this second bend. It is a modern house with a flat roof.

Parking should be on the right side of the road as you approach number 16.


Please contact Susan Russell for this event.


October 4, 2015
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
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Susan Russell
01655 760230


Kevock Garden
16 Kevock Road
Lasswade, Midlothian EH18 1HT United Kingdom
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0131 454 0660