WITH Spring around the corner, Lady Wemyss of Wemyss Castle is set to share her love of Montana Clematis with others – and raise funds for our Maggie’s Centre.
The castle’s gardens will be open for a Montana Clematis Festival from May 29-June 2, when visitors can see beautiful displays of the flowers, including approximately 200 Montana Clematis, with 50 different named varieties.
There will be catering on site, provided by The Wemyss Walk Inn, which will also take picnic orders in advance.
Members from the British Clematis Society will be on hand daily to answer questions and give demonstrations.
The festival is also a great opportunity for Fifers to wander around the charming gardens and buy from well-stocked plants stalls from different nursery gardens.
Entry will be £5 for adults, £3 for children 12–16 years, and Maggie’s Fife will receive 10 per cent of the proceeds.
A ticketed illustrated talk on Clematis will also be held in Coaltown of Wemyss Village Hall on May 31. Tickets are £20, including wine and canapés and half of the proceeds will be go to Maggie’s. The talk with slides ‘Clematis Throughout The Year’ will be hosted by author, Everett Leeds.
Mrs Wemyss said: “The idea of a Montana Clematis Festival came to me late one evening during last summer as I was wandering around the garden, admiring for the umpteenth time the spectacular beauty of the Montanas hanging in cascades.
“I chose to support Maggie’s because I wanted a local charity and something that would tie in with the garden and all that it has to offer.
“Sometimes just sitting in a beautiful garden, listening to the sea and the birds can lift the soul and be a tonic in itself. I always like to hope that when people visit my garden, they leave feeling better than when they came in!”
Tu Edwards, community fundraiser for Maggie’s Fife and Forth Valley, said: “I’m so pleased that the garden will be opened for people to enjoy.”