Trust serves up double helping of earthly delights

KELLIE CASTLE PITTENWEEM GARDEN OPEN DAY
KELLIE CASTLE PITTENWEEM GARDEN OPEN DAY

THIS Sunday is the perfect time to get out and see the best that acclaimed gardens have to offer and support some of Scotland’s charities at the same time.

The National Trust for Scotland and Scotland’s Gardens Scheme have teamed up to give visitors a chance to enjoy the wonderful garden at Kellie Castle by Pittenweem.

And, to make the day even more special, the Trust has joined forces with the nearby Balcaskie Estate for the day, so a ticket will enable access to both properties.

There will be free transport between Kellie and Balcaskie.

The superb garden at Kellie is around 400 years old and was sympathetically restored by the Lorimer family in the late 19th century.

The arts and crafts style garden has a selection of herbaceous plants, fernery and lovely scented old-fashioned roses – some very rare.

The design unveils to the visitor a succession of views and has separate corner gardens offering a sense of tranquillity and seclusion. The garden, which is cultivated organically, has vegetables, beautifully wall-trained fruit and hosts an amazing 30 varieties of rhubarb and 75 different types of apple!

Balcaskie Garden was created in the mid-17th century and set out in “picturesque” style by William Sawry Gilpin in 1826.

The garden is currently being restored for the owners by Trust garden staff.

The event, which carries admission charges, takes place from noon.