40% of the funds raised at each garden opening is given to a registered charity chosen by the garden owner. Over 200 large and small charities benefit annually in this manner.
60% of the funds raised is distributed to the charities supported by Scotland's Gardens which are:
The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland which provides support for the professional development of Community and Primary Nurses and the welfare of retired Queen's Nurses.
The Gardens’ Fund Of The National Trust For Scotland
which aims to preserve, maintain and develop the many remarkable gardens owned by the Trust. Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres
which help anyone affected by cancer through programmes of support designed to give people the tools they need to cope with the major upheaval cancer can cause in their lives.
which supports people who are, or have been, employed in the horticultural sector and their families when in need.
There are many gardens across Scotland included in the scheme and will be open at various times during the 2015 season. Some are open regularly, some on specific dates and some by arrangement and in the Perth and Kinross and Stirlingshire areas there are many gardens to see including the following:
Blair Castle Gardens, Braco Castle Gardens, Mill of Forteith, Doune Village Gardens, Lanrick, Gargunnock House Gardens and Duntreath Castle Gardens to name but a few.
The scheme gives visitors an opportunity to see gardens not normally open to the public and a visit to some of these would provide for an interesting family day out for those with an interest in horticulture.
For a full list of gardens and dates they are open visit the Scotland’s Gardens Website at
If you are staying in our area of central Scotland over the summer months in one of our self-catering holiday cottages why not take in a visit or two to some of the local gardens open to the public during this period.