Step into Fife’s ‘secret gardens’

Members of the Scotland's Gardens committee from left: Lindsay Murray, Julia Young, Catherine Erskine, Caroline Macpherson, Sally Lorimore, Fay Smith and Louise Roger.
Members of the Scotland's Gardens committee from left: Lindsay Murray, Julia Young, Catherine Erskine, Caroline Macpherson, Sally Lorimore, Fay Smith and Louise Roger.

A new garden trail, organised by Scotland’s Gardens, will take visitors on a tour of some of Fife’s most beautiful, and rarely seen, private gardens.

And a percentage of ticket sales from the trails will be donated to our Maggie’s Centre, which provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their family and friends.

The new, longer trail, gives plant lovers the chance to visit 12 gardens, eight in Fife and four across the Tay in Angus over an eight week period this summer.

The gardens are open during May and June and many have rarely been open to visitors before.

The treats to be found along the trail range from the glorious colour and scent of a bluebell wood in late spring to a garden designed around the ancient art of herbal medicine.

Along the way, there are formal, symmetrical gardens as well as more romantic, exuberantly planted plots.

Lady Catherine Erskine, district organiser, said: “we are delighted to be supporting Maggie’s Centres through the Fife and Angus Trail and also our wonderful gardens open throughout the year.

‘‘Gardens in Fife raise thousands annually for charity and we hope 2015 will be another record- breaking year.”

Tumong Edwards, Maggie’s Fife centre fundraiser, added: “Gardens are lovely places to relax and to connect with the natural world, which is why they are such an important part of every Maggie’s Centre.

“What makes it even more wonderful is that, through Scotland’s Gardens, gardeners are sharing their gorgeous gardens with the public in order to raise money for Maggie’s.”

The charity relies on voluntary donations to support and expand its network of centres and to develop its unique programme of support.

It aims to make the biggest difference possible to people living with cancer.

To find out more about the Fife and Angus Garden Trail and about all the gardens open in Fife and throughout Scotland this year, go to the Scotland’s Gardens website: www.scotlandsgardens.org/ or visit www.angusfifetrail.org.uk

Funds raised by every open garden taking part in Scotland’s Gardens will be divided between Maggie’s Centres, Queens Nursing Institute Scotland, Perennial and the Nation Trust Scotland.

Join the Garden Trail

Running over May and June, this year’s Angus & Fife Garden Trail provides plant lovers with an opportunity to see 12 privately owned gardens, all different and several of which have rarely admitted visitors before.

It also offers a flexible way to visit the gardens whether you wish to visit the area and see all gardens in short succession (May 26-28 and June 2-4) or take the two months to see them all.