Attadale Gardens - Part 3

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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 3, we continue our walk around Attadale and visit the Victorian Sunken Garden and the Japanese Garden.

Part 3

Welcome back to Attadale Gardens in the North West Highlands of Scotland. In Part 1, I discussed the location and history of Attadale and in Part 2, we started a guided walk around the gardens and visited the Water Garden and the Old Rhododendron Walk.

Now we continue our walk from where we left off last time at the end of the Water Garden. From here, we turn left down the old gravel drive, past a Wild Boar lurking near a Juniper and on past a Liriodendron Tulipifera (one of 2 West Virginian Tulip Trees in the garden) to the front lawn of the house where you will find the 250 year old Scottish Laburnum.

Sunken Garden and Future Wood

Across the lawn and down 3 steps we arrive in the Victorian Sunken Garden – 4 quarter circular plant beds divided by stone paths and surrounding a small sundial on a granite base. The beds are symmetrically planted to exactly mirror the 2 adjacent beds and provide colour for much of the year. The Victorians were very fanatical about symmetry and this area of the garden is an acknowledgement of those times.

The path leads on past an Obelisk constructed purely of Caithness slate by Joe Smith and into the Future Wood where many different trees were planted to replace the large conifers blown down in 1989. In this part of the garden we find species such as Nothofagus Antarctica Antarctic Beech, Betula Jaquemontia, Cotoneaster and Acer GriseumPaper Bark Maple along with various Pines, Rhododendrons and Hydrangeas.

Sundial and Japanese Garden

Under a rhododendron arch we find a giant sundial installed in 2009 to replace a large herbaceous border. The sundial measures about 20 feet across and each stone was laid by hand. The pointer is supported by a granite Wild Cat copied from the MacPherson coat of arms.

The path continues, passing the 250 year old Ash tree, down an avenue of Betula Ermanii – Japanese Silver Birch to the Japanese Garden. This is the lowest lying area of the garden and used to be under water during the winter months due to a drainage problem caused when the nearby road was built in the 1970s. In 2003, several tons of gravel were laid, raising the overall level by over a foot. This reminded the owners of other Japanese gardens they had seen on their travels and decided that this was the perfect solution to the problem of what to do with area. Now, 7 years on, this area is fully established, sticking as closely to the traditional styles as possible including using gravel and rocks to represent rivers, lakes and mountains. The planting is minimal to keep with the Japanese ideal of having a tranquil place where the visitor can clear their mind. Among the plants that can be found here are carpets of OpiophogumBlack Dragon or Black Grass.

Across a bridge at the other side of the Japanese garden, the path continues through a short woodland walk towards the Rhododendron Dell and the Fern Garden which we will visit in Part 4.

* 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 (#)

Looking forward to part 4, hope you write it soon :D Great work, and another star, well done!! xxx

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author avatar Retired
15th Jan 2011 (#)

Thanks for

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author avatar TNT_Brian
15th Jan 2011 (#)

Thanks guys! Part 4 is online now :)

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author avatar Denise O
15th Jan 2011 (#)

Nice one again Brian, I am enjoying my tour very much. I just love the pictures!Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar TNT_Brian
16th Jan 2011 (#)

Thanks Denise, i'm glad you're enjoying it. I hope you get the chance to see it for real one day. I actually had much better pictures but my computer died a few weeks ago and I lost almost all my work. I'll just have to go out and take more :)

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