Attadale Gardens Guide Part 2

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Set in 20 acres of rugged Highland landscape, Attadale is an award winning garden, growing plants and attracting visitors from around the world. Read on to find out more about why this is the best garden in Scotland.* In part 2 I will begin to take you on a guided walk around the gardens and discuss the planting and other work which has gone into making Attadale such an amazing place….

Let's take a walk

Welcome back to Attadale Gardens in the North West Highlands of Scotland. In part 1, I covered the location and history of Attadale, now let’s take a walk around and see what the gardens have to offer.

Water Gardens

The garden entrance is through a gap in a drystone wall and the visitor is immediately met with an amazing view of the first of 3 ponds which, along with a stream and waterfall, make up the water garden. The ponds were made by diverting an old mill-stream through the holes left behind by trees uprooted by the 1989 storm. The water gardens run along the bottom of a large hill which itself is has been planted with a variety of shrubs including Azalea, Rhododendron and many trees such as Pinus Wallichianathe 5 needled Bhutan Pine, Acer PalmatumJapanese Maple and Picea Sitchensis Sitka Spruce.

The front side of the pond is unplanted so as to not spoil the beautiful reflections of trees and the range of plants and flowers planted around the other sides of the pond. These include several different varieties of Primula (Pulverulenta, Japonica, Bullyana, Florindae and Beesyana) Hosta Sieboldiana, Rheum PalmatumChinese Rhubarb, Skunk Cabbage from Virginia USA, Ligularia Desdemona and several Iris varieties including the stunning Iris Chrysographes or Black Iris. These are coupled to great effect with the larger Gunnera, Willow and Acer.

The other two ponds continue this theme along with introducing further plants such as Epimedium, Bamboo and Persicaria. Also to be found throughout the garden is an impressive collection of sculpture from around the world including a bronze Heron by Bridgette McCrum which stands majestically at the edge of the first pond, and a Sea Bream carved in pink dolomite by Kapaso Banda of Zimbabwe. On all three ponds, thrive large groups of waterlillies in white, pink and the more unusual yellow.

Old Rhododendron Walk

A Monet bridge crosses the water at the edge of the first pond and the path continues to a set of 9 steps which lead to a larger Monet bridge which crosses a waterfall and then onwards along the Old Rhododendron Walk. This is a short shaded walk above the water garden and passes by some special plants and trees including MeconopsisHimalayan Blue Poppies, Viburnum Plicatum Mariesii, Araucaria Araucana the Monkey Puzzle Tree and many different rhododendrons including Orbiculare, Rex Fictolacteum and Sir Charles Lemon. At the end of this path the steps go up to a viewpoint or down to the end of the water garden and the rest of the gardens.


The viewpoint is well worth a visit for as well as a splendid bronze sculpture of an Eagle by Rosie Sturgis of South Africa, on clear days you can see down the length of Loch Carron with the mountains of Skye in the distance about 25 miles away

In part 3 the walk round the gardens continues to the Victorian Sunken Garden and the Japanese Garden and in Part 4 we conclude our walk by visiting the Fern Garden, the Kitchen Garden and more.

Read part 3 and part 4 to complete the tour.

* As voted for by readers of BBC Gardeners World Magazine.


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I am a gardener at a large private garden in the Highlands of Scotland which is open to the public. My hobbies include camping, fishing,photography and hillwalking. I am also a bit of a geek when it comes to watching pro-wrestling but more of that ...(more)

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author avatar Greenfaol
14th Jan 2011 (#)

I just love these! Well done on the star, you deserve it xxx

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author avatar TNT_Brian
15th Jan 2011 (#)

Thank you very much for your kind words x

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author avatar Denise O
15th Jan 2011 (#)

Gets even more lovely as each page turns. Achoo! Oops, I have just awful allergies.LOL
Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved my friend.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar TNT_Brian
16th Jan 2011 (#)

Thank you for taking the time to read :)

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