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Gardens and Nurseries

Dumfries & Galloway’s mild climate sustains some spectacular gardens, many of which support subtropical plants and rare specimens.

  • The Crichton Gardens and Church


    The Crichton Gardens and Church

    Open to the public all year round, you can visit the Crichton Estate and explore the stunning scenery, enchanting rock gardens and discover the intriguing history – all within walking distance of Dumfries town centre. The Crichton truly has something for everyone. Hidden amongst the 85 acres of parkland and outdoor spaces, you’ll find snapshots of the Estate’s 100 year history along our heritage walks, combined with stunning architecture that has been sensitively repurposed

     
     
  • Mill Plant Nursery


    Mill Plant Nursery near Moniaive is a small, but expanding perennial nursery based in a delightful rural setting, which also serves as a location for an artist’s teaching studio and gallery. (more…)

     
     
  • Corton Plants


     

    Corton Plants

    is a unique, family run, traditional plant nursery with an inspiring collection of old fashioned and new varieties of plants, all home grown in Ayrshire.

    Established in 2004 by owner Alison Kerr, Corton Plants has grown from a single poly-tunnel to a successful traditional plant nursery, with seven poly-tunnels housing over 200 plant varieties.

    Located at South Corton Farm, Alloway, a working dairy farm, we are easily found just off the A77. We have ample parking and our beautiful country location offers a quiet gardener’s haven to browse and select our quality plants.

    Our staff are dedicated plant lovers who can offer expert advice and a personal service from helping you to choose the best plants for your garden to advice on how to care for your plants.

    With an inspiring collection of both old fashioned and new varieties of plants, our aim is to provide a friendly and professional service to all our customers with all levels of interest. We are open seven days a week and stock a large selection of shrubs, trees, perennials, climbers, heathers and herbs. As well as a superb variety of bedding and basket plants!

    While you are here, why not pop into our fabulous new coffee shop – ‘The Coo Shed’? This is a very popular addition to our family business and is an ideal meeting point for friends and family. With all things in its décor cow related, you will be served with a smile and can choose from a wonderful selection of food – not to mention our mouth-watering homemade cakes and traybakes!

     
     
  • Elizabeth MacGregor’s Nursery


    Classic cottage garden plants grown at Ellenbank are sent to keen gardeners and public gardens all over the UK and abroad.

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  • NTS Broughton House & Garden


    Cross the threshold of Broughton House and enter the world of wellknown Scottish artist E A Hornel, one of the ‘Glasgow Boys’. (more…)

     
     
  • Logan House Garden


    Logan House Garden

    Logan House Garden – an enchanting garden, dating from the 1870s and set in 20 acres. Logan House Garden houses a superb collection of plants from around the world. (more…)

     
     
  • Bridge End Nurseries and Gardens


    A  hidden gem in a tranquil rural setting only 2 miles from the motorway network

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  • Scotland In A Snapshot


     
     
  • The Green Frog


    THE GREEN FROG  

    Fishing • Relaxing • Organic Gardening

    Welcome to The Green Frog at Moffat – GREEN because we strive to be and FROG standing for Fishing, Relaxing and Organic Gardening! (and because we like frogs) – we know it sounds corny, but even the name makes you smile!

    There is plenty to see and do here at The Green Frog

    Garden Centre

    Stocked from April – October with plants that flourish in the Scottish Climate.

    Organic Gardening – a particular passion of owner Kris Allan – with years of gardening experience behind her in the form of landscape gardening in her previous life before deciding to create and nurture “The Green Frog” Kris will always be on hand to share her experience and offer advice to potential or “budding” organic gardeners!

    Cafe

    Open 9.00 am – 5.00 pm seven days a week, serving meals, snacks, hot & cold drinks.

    Gift Shop

    Our small gift shop is stocked mainly with locally made gifts & curios.

    Soft Play & Family Dining

    Relax and enjoy a great Caffia Coffee or take lunch whilst the kids play safely.

    Pets & Pet Foods

    Come see our pets, we also stock a range of pet foods for cats & dogs.

    Caravan Site & Storage

    Our small CL site is open all year round for caravans and motorhomes.

    Bait & Fly Fishing

    Fishing – for all the family – whether it be on our 4.5 acre spring fed lochan, with crystal clear waters (where the discerning fly-angler can see the fully-finned fish as well as trying to catch them) or in our smaller lochan, ideal for beginners, (or indeed experienced fishermen or women) who simply want to catch a trout for their supper! All equipment is available for hire if you haven’t packed your own and there are friendly staff on hand to give a helping hand to those trying fishing for the first time.

     

    Party Bookings

    We welcome group bookings, you can book the Green Frog for private parties, weddings etc.

     
     
  • Easterbrook Hall


    Full of grandeur with a historic soul, the Easterbrook Hall and Crichton Memorial Church is a hidden treasure situated on the 100 acres Crichton Estate in Dumfries, South West Scotland.

    The red sandstone buildings on the estate date back to 1834 with the Easterbrook Hall dating back to 1938. The building has been lovingly modernised whilst retaining its original charm and Art Deco features. The Crichton Memorial Church is more like a mini Cathedral and is considered to be one of the finest examples of ecclesiastical architecture in South Scotland. The ceiling is of carved oak and the floors a remarkable pattern of white, red, green and black marble imported from Italy and Ireland

    Established from the very beginning of the estate, acres of beautifully manicured lawns and impressive flower beds are maintained by our dedicated grounds keepers. The Rock Gardens have a wide variety of plants, miniature waterfall, ornamental pond and numerous seats and alcoves. Visitors are more than welcome to walk around our grounds, there are Heritage leaflets available from reception detailing walking routes around the estate. Why not have lunch at Neuro’s afterwards? www.neuros.co.uk

    Should you have an occasion to celebrate, our team has a wealth of experience in event management ranging from intimate family events to large scale celebrations, the talented and creative Kitchen brigade will tantalise your taste buds and our friendly events team will be on hand to make sure your event is everything you’ve dreamed of.

    Perhaps you are looking for live entertainment whilst visiting the region? Please see our sister site www.easterbrooklive.co.uk for details of upcoming events.

     
     
  • Glenwhan Gardens, Arboretum and Tea Room


     

    Glenwhan Gardens has been described as one of the most beautiful newly made gardens in Scotland. with unique & stunning sea views across to the Isle of Man, Luce Bay, and the Mull of Galloway.

    The Gardens are a labour of love, hewn from rough moorland 35 years ago. With the warming influence of the Gulf Stream, Glenwhan grows many tender plants from around the Southern Hemisphere, together with large collections of rare trees and shrubs. A numbered tree trail for the dendrologist has been collated, along with a 17 acre moorland walk with 120 species of wildflowers, grasses, and ferns. Two small lakes (Lochans) are the focal point of these family-run gardens, with seats and  meandering paths running along enchanting walks with interesting scupltures, which the visitor will discover.

    The Tearoom prides itself on its delicious home baking and warming  homemade soups. Home-grown vegetables and use of fresh locally-sourced produce are used wherever possible. We have a small but well stocked plant nursery situated by the tearoom, incorporating many of the plants which may be seen growing in the gardens. We aim to produce our own plants and we are happy to propagate any plants for our customers.

     

    Glenwhan Gardens are open all year round so that our visitors can experience the full range of the seasons and changes in our flora and fauna.  During the Spring and Summer months, when our tearoom is open, please obtain your tickets from the tearoom. During the Autumn and Winter months we operate an Honesty Box at the entrance.

    Garden Opening Daily for 2018 Season

    10:00am-5:00pm

    Good Friday 31st March to  30th September.  (Tearoom closes on 1st October)

    From 1st October- 31 March, Admission by Honesty Box at Entrance

     

    Adults £6.00, Concessions & Groups & Students  £4.50  Season ticket £18.00

    Family Ticket £13.00 (up to three children)

    Dogs on leads are welcome

    Contact Details

    Telephone: (+44) 01581 400222

    (+44) 07787990702
    Email: tess@glenwhan.co.uk
    Address: Glenwhan Gardens, Dunragit, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, DG9 8PH

    The gardens participate in Gardens of Galloway, Scotland`s Garden Route
    Open: Mid March  – 31 October, daily 10am- 5pm.

    Shepherd’s Hut

    Our Bespoke Shepherd’s Hut in the garden overlooks the loch, to the Mull of Galloway with splendid sea views, & may be hired for Couples and Singles and comprises: 5ft double bed, with well equipped kitchen area with two hobs, microwave and Belfast sink, with small wood burning fire, full size shower, WC & Basin. A separate sitting out area adjoins the Hut with seating and BBQ. Single dogs are allowed but please not on the bed.

    To Book please go to AirBnB under Glenwhan Gardens or use this link https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/16567766, where you will find full details.

      

     

     
     
  • Galloway House Gardens


    These historic gardens were created in 1740 by Lord Garlies  and are still maintained according to his original plans as informal pleasure grounds where wild flowers and plants have their place beside more exotic cultivated species. (more…)

     
     
  • Criffel Coaches


     

    Welcome to Criffel Coaches. 

    At Criffel Coaches our aim is to provide high quality mini coach travel at affordable prices without compromising on safety.

    We are a small, family run, concern, operating quality 16 seat Mercedes mini coaches from our base near Dumfries.

    We take pride in providing a friendly, caring and professional service to all our customers, being committed to serving you to the highest standards possible. Whatever your travel requirements, please feel free to contact us and we will try our best to assist you.

    Dumfries and Galloway is ideally situated within a reasonable travelling distance of places of interest across the north of England, the Central Belt of Scotland and the Borders, returning again on the same day.

    The local area has much to offer those following active pursuits in the countryside, as well as quiet roads, attractive towns to visit, historic locations, and high quality accommodation

     
     
  • NTS Threave Garden


    Threave’s spectacular gardens have been created over the years by students of the National Trust’s School of Practical Gardening. It was recently voted second in The Independent’s ’10 Best Gardens to Visit in the UK’. (more…)

     
     
  • Castle Kennedy Gardens


    castle kennedy gardens

    Castle Kennedy Gardens is one of Scotland`s finest gardens. The gardens are a hidden treasure in South West Scotland – a perfect haven for relaxing and exploring. (more…)

     
     
  • Gowanbrae Nursery


    A traditional plant nursery offering an interesting range of quality plants including alpines, perennials, shrubs, conifers, rhododendrons and basket and patio plants. (more…)

     
     
  • Gardens of Galloway Scotland`s Garden Route


    castle kennedy gardens

    Six beautiful Gardens of Galloway have collaborated to offer visitors a passport. The Gardens of Galloway on Scotland`s Garden Route offer reduced entry fees as detailed below. All the gardens are within a compact area making our corner of Galloway unique. Nowhere else in Scotland can you visit so many gardens with so little travel. (more…)

     
     
  • Moat Brae, Birthplace of Peter Pan


    Peter Pan stands on a tree stump and looks out across a green enchanted land

    Moat Brae is the Birthplace of Peter Pan.

    New Family Attraction set in the ‘enchanted land’ that inspired the story of Peter Pan.

    Discover a world of children’s stories in the enchanted land that inspired the story of Peter Pan. Author JM Barrie played pirate games as a child in the 1870s. Featuring: Neverland Discovery Garden, Exhibitions, Darling Children’s Nursery, Home Under the Ground, Nana’s Kennel, Pirate Ship, Mermaids Lagoon, Play Features, Centre For Children’s Literature and Storytelling, Restored Georgian House, Heritage Tours, Riverside Views, Events, Activities, Café, Shop.

    Opening to the public February 2019, with exclusive and preview events from December 2018.

     

     
     
  • Logan Botanic Garden


    5 * Logan Botanic Garden is Scotland’s Most Exotic Garden and hosts plant treasures from the southern hemisphere – rarely seen in the UK. Situated at the south-western tip of Scotland, Logan Botanic Garden is an exotic paradise tucked away amidst some of the most majestic scenery the country has to offer.

    Visitors can walk through groves of eucalyptus and palm trees or stand in the shade of awesome giant rhubarb-like gunnera and from the highest point, there are superb views across the Rhins to the Galloway Hills.

    Famed for its tender collections, Logan’s Walled Garden is a showcase for brilliant blooms and is ablaze with colour throughout the season. The fishpond, adorned with water lilies, creates a focal point and embellishes the air of tranquillity within the Garden.

    Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the climate provides the ideal growing conditions for an amazing collection of southern hemisphere plants.

    The Woodland Garden is also a delight. It is a haven for a host of weird and wonderful plants and trees such as eucalyptus to the gunnera bog.

    The Discovery Centre, situated near to the main entrance, gives visitors the chance to learn more about the Garden and its history. The studio hosts various exhibitions throughout the year.

    Scotland’s most exotic garden never fails to impress whatever the time of year.

    Refreshments

    The wonderful Potting Shed Bistro was Dumfries & Galloway Life’s “Cafe of the Year” 2015 and is open daily to Garden visitors* between 1 March and 15 November from 10am – 4.30pm (3.30pm in November). It serves tasty lunches, light snacks and delicious home baking using the finest local ingredients and has ample outside and inside seating.

    • Seating capacity of 48 plus an additional 48 outdoors including disabled picnic benches

    Please call the Potting Shed Bistro on +44 (0) 1776 860296 for group catering options.

    *The Potting Shed Bistro is open to non-Garden visitors in March, September, October & November, as well as Sundays in February (11am – 3pm Sundays in February).

    The garden is part of the Gardens of Galloway – Scotland`s Garden Trail

    Family Activities

    We have a selection of family activities on during the summer and autumn holidays. Activities take place on Thursday afternoons and are free with normal garden entry. We also have other activities in conjunction with the RSPB at selected times throughout the summer holidays. Contact the Garden on 01776-860231, see our ‘What’s On’ leaflet, our Facebook page or email aramsay@rbge.org.uk for more information.

    Guided Walks

    The Guided Walks in 2019 will take place on the following Tuesdays at 10.30am: 12th March, 9th April, 14th May, 11th June, 25th June, 9th July, 23rd July, 13th August, 27th August, 10th September, 24th September, 8th October & 12th Nov. Free with normal garden entry.

    Shopping

    The Botanics Shop has a fantastic selection of local crafts, gifts and plants, some of which can be seen growing in the Garden and indeed have been grown at Logan. Logan collected seeds are available for sale.

    How to get here

    Logan is 14 miles south of Stranraer in the Rhins of Galloway, off the B7065. For travel details and a location map, go to How to reach us

    Opening times

    The Garden is open daily, 1 March – 14 November, 10am – 5pm(4pm in November).
    (Open every Sunday in February 10am – 4pm during the Scottish Snowdrop Festival. Potting Shed Bistro Opening Hours 11am-3pm on Snowdrop Sundays in February).

    Last entry 30 minutes before the Garden closes.

    In the event of severe weather the Garden may be closed at short notice. Please phone ahead for further details.

    To avoid confusion, it should be noted that Logan Botanic Garden is located past Logan House garden, and is in no way affiliated. 

    Admission: Adults* £7.00, Concession* £6.00, Children Free**, Essential Carers Free.

    Group Rate (minimum of 11 people or more) – £4.00 (providing payment is by a single transaction). Call 01776 860231 to prebook. It is recommended that group bookings are made at least 2 weeks in advance.

     
     
  • Aldouran Wetland Garden Leswalt


    algdouran wetland garden in leswat

    Aldouran Wetland Garden is a community run venture in the North Rhins of Galloway. There is a small community garden beside the entrance. Beyond this is the wetland where there is a bird hide. beyond the bird hide is a woodland walk. (more…)

     
     
  • Craigieburn Gardens


    Craigieburn is a new garden reborn on an ancient site. A remarkable collection of plants, laid out in classic style over five acres. (more…)

     
     
  • Elmlea Plants


    Elmlea  is a small, family run nursery located in Old Minnigaff, specialising in herbaceous perennials and grasses. (more…)

     
     
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