GARDENING enthusiasts in Fife and Tayside have come up with a blooming good idea to chase away the winter chills and boost cancer research.
In honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Fife branch of Scotland’s Gardens is holding a Garden Festival in May this year.
Funds raised from the ticket-only event will be divided between Scotland’s Gardens charities which include Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres and the St Andrews-based Association for International Cancer Research (AICR).
Organisers Sally Lorimore and Lindsay Murray said: “The mix of gardens which will be open to the public over the weekend of May 18 to 20 is magnificent.
“They stretch from the Forth to the Tay and range from the grand to the more informal.
“Some are centuries old and full of history, others are newly hewn from the barren ground.
“We have exposed gardens with magnificent views and others hidden from sight behind busy town streets.
“Each one is individual and several have never been open to the public before, making the Fife Diamond Garden Festival an unmissable opportunity for those who like to create gardens and those who simply prefer to enjoy them.”
Norman Barratt, chief executive of AICR, said: “I’d like to congratulate and thank the Fife branch of Scotland’s Gardens for this exciting initiative which I think creates a ‘win-win’ situation for everyone.
“Most people enjoy visiting an attractive garden and Fife Diamond Garden Festival offers people the opportunity to not only spend time enjoying the sights, sounds and scents of some of the area’s most beautiful gardens, but to support the vital work of AICR and Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.
Laura Lee, chief executive of Maggie’s Centres said: “I am very pleased to endorse this wonderful event.
“Scotland’s Gardens have been fantastic supporters of Maggie’s for a number of years and for that we are truly grateful.”
Gardens opening include Barham, Howe of Fife (home of Sir Robert and Lady Spencer Nairn); Cambo Estate, Kingsbarns; Newton Barns & Newton Mains, both near Auchtermuchty; Headmaster’s walled garden, St Leonards School, St Andrews; Rosewells, Pitscottie; 46 South Street, St Andrews (medieval Lang Rigg dating back to 1410); Strathmore Cottage, Drumeldrie; and Teasses Estate, near Leven.
More information and tickets are available via Scotland’s Gardens website at www.scotlandsgardens.org