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Manderston House and Monteviot Gardens, Scotland
June 17, 2017
Left: Manderston House, centre: Manderston House gardens, right: Monteviot Gardens
PGG visit to Manderston House and Monteviot Gardens
There are fifty-six acres of formal and informal gardens at Manderston. Sir James Miller had the gates gilded to catch the light from the setting sun. A gate in the style of eighteenth-century architect James Gibbs and a portico of spiralled columns add to its grandeur.
On the south side of the house, Kinross designed four formal garden terraces still planted in Edwardian style. A geometric terrace is now stocked with floribunda roses and hostas. To one side is a small grass terrace, edged by four large stone vases. Below it, through a wrought-iron gate with griffins adorning the piers, is a tennis lawn, and below that, a croquet lawn. There is a stone dovecote on the far side by the elevated terrace provided for spectators.
The lower terraces are surrounded by a bank of rhododendrons down to the lake, smoothly achieving the transition from nineteenth-century formal gardens to eighteenth-century picturesque landscape. The lake, the shape of the landscape and the Chinese bridge, probably date from the time of the eighteenth-century house. The combination of formal and informal gardens at Manderston is unique in Scotland.
Visit www.manderston.co.uk for more information.
The gardens at Monteviot extend to some thirty acres, surrounding the House itself and spilling down over the lawn and through woodland onto the flood plain of the river Teviot below. The overall Garden comprises a series of differing gardens, designed to provide the visitor with planting interest from April until October and providing an extraordinary foreground to the wonderful background which is the curving and winding River Teviot and the hills beyond. They consist of a number of distinct gardens each leading to the next designed to display interesting and special plants, great colour, and innovative designs and ideas.
Generally there is a great variety of daffodils in the spring, striking displays of fretilaries, a large collection of interesting and specialist shrubs and trees, and a constant imaginative use of water features to complement the river below. They rank among the most interesting gardens in the Scottish Borders.
Visit www.monteviot.com for more information.
10.00 am – arrival at Manderston House car park and head to the stables tea room for coffee/tea/scones. A guide be available to give a tour of the garden. There is also a gift shop in the house courtyard. Cost £6.00. Tea and coffee etc. is extra.
Lunch can be found either in Duns or on the way to Monteviot Gardens, which are 45 minutes from Duns.
At Monteviot Gardens the Head Gardener Ian Stephenson will give us a roughly 2 hour tour, 9 different gardens each with its own personality. Cost £5.00. Tea and coffee is extra.
Manderston is easily accessible by car from Edinburgh, Newcastle and the major border towns. It is located just outside the town of Duns from where it is sign-posted.
It is 47 miles from Edinburgh and 12 miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed.
It is sign-posted from the A1 road:
Take the A6105 (signposted Foulden, Duns). We are 2 miles east of Duns. Once you reach our South Gates which are on the A6105 (and will be closed), please follow our arrows/signs which will lead you to the correct entrance.
Address: Manderston House, Duns, Berwickshire TD11 3PP.
Monteviot House and Gardens
Address: Monteviot House and Gardens, Jedburgh, Scotland, TD8 6UQ
The cost of both visit is £11.00 per person (lunch is not included). For both visits please pay on the day, and please either text, email or phone me if you can come. I hope to see familiar and new faces on the day.
For more details contact:
Gordon Watson, Playfair Cottage, Dunninald, Montrose, Angus DD10 9TD
Tel: 01674 434464
Mob: 07933 397340