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A visit to Glendoick Gardens Perthshire today...


This afternoon the rain stopped, the sun came out and off we went to look at the famous Rhododendrons of Glendoick in Perthshire. I took my camera……(when do I NOT take my camera these days!!;)….as I knew that some of you would just love this garden.

I haven’t really been able to do justice to the place that is the south facing steep wooded hillside of the Carse of Gowrie (the valley which is the flood plain of the River Tay between Perth and Dundee). This is one of my favourite places in the world. when you are in amongst the giant tree rhodys here, you feel as though you actually are in the Himalayas!

You probably need no introduction to Glendoick if you like Rhodys or if you are in Scotland. They are a famous clan around these parts and Kenneth Cox is an international lecturer on the Rhododendron species as well as a famous author and plant hunter. The Glendoick garden centre is probably my favourite garden centre in the world and I have discovered some really beautiful and choice plants there, including of course, my blue poppies!

So, here are the photos….hope you enjoy!

The entrance to the woodland garden…

Looking out over the Carse of Gowrie towards the hills of Fife on the other side of the River Tay.

Red and White Rhododendrons

Meconopsis along the path…

woodland beauty


This ruin of an old mill now houses some of the more tender Rhodys, but was originally a grain mill on the steep hillside stream.

Paeony and Trillium

This yellow rhody is one of the more delicate looking specimens

Tree Paeony living up to it’s name!

One of the taller rhododendrons

Beautiful Rhododendron Bark

Leaving the woodland part of the garden….

Looking down on to the walled garden nursery

Blue anemone in the house garden borders…

The side of Glendoick House and part of one of the borders

Luckily, you have to visit the GC to buy a ticket for the garden….OH would never have allowed me in there otherwise as it was soooooooo busy!! Thankfully we did a very quick whirl around and I came away with something that has been on my wishlist for a long time!! RESULT!! This is my Aquilegia Canadensis ‘Little Lanterns’ all planted out and watered in! :))

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Stunning garden I love to see large shrubs given the space.

23 May, 2010


Thanks for the tour. Many of the rhodos in my garden have come, via mail order, from Glendoick. Now I've seen the gardens there as well

23 May, 2010


Oh Karen, that was just beautiful ! Favourite Rhodo for me has to be the yellow,in pic 14, gorgeous colour.

23 May, 2010


That's my sort of garden great pics,makes me feel like jumping on a plane before they all go over.Suppose i would have to buy an extra ticket to bring the plants home.

23 May, 2010


Yes's great to see them achieving their real potential!

Andrew, I'm glad you enjoyed and hope one day you'll come up and see it in 'real life'!

Shirley, thanks, glad you liked my photos!

Bis, come up, have a look and then do what Andrew does and have them all posted to you!!


23 May, 2010


Lovely tour some lovely plants there in the beautiful gardens, thank you for sharing your day.

23 May, 2010


What a lovely place. It's nice to visit beautiful garens like this, especially if there's a nursery there aswell

24 May, 2010


Too right Hywel! :)) Thanks 6d, glad you liked the pics.

24 May, 2010


Thanks for sharing you day out with us, brill photos and blog.

24 May, 2010


This brings back happy memories Karen. I enjoyed your day out too. It is just a stunning place to visit. As you say you feel as if you are in the Himalayas. I love it.

27 May, 2010


Fabulous Karen...The Aquilegia is beautiful....Im trying to purchase an Azalea that i have seen locally a couple of times....Its a very bright orange, but i dont know the variety name...Im going to have to start knocking peoples doors....:>))

30 May, 2010


I have a lovely scented one Motty and I don't know it's name!

31 May, 2010

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