A MORAY country garden will open to the public for the first time in five years on Saturday June 14.
The garden at Carestown Steadings, Deskford will open from 10am to 4pm as part of the Open Garden Scheme.
The original owner and initial creator of the garden, Mrs Rora Paglieri, sold the property in December 2012, and the new owners Tom and Cherie Gunn along with their team of gardeners have been busy not only with the upkeep of the garden, but putting their own stamp on it.
Said Cherie: “Although we have not changed the garden in a large way, we hope people will feel we have enhanced it. It is still a magical place to be and a joy everyday – even the weeds!”
The garden has appeared in quite a few publications over the years, the last time was in the prestigious RHS “Garden” magazine in December 21012. It has also been featured in the BBC’s Beechgrove garden on three occasions.
Among the highlights is the full size maze in the shape of the “Desford Carnyx,” two vegetable plots, three ponds and the wonderful courtyard garden with its topiary.
The admission fee is £4 and all proceeds go to charity, with 40% to Scottish Autism and 60% to the beneficiaries of Scottish Gardening.
There will be teascoffees and soft drinks for sale along with scones and pancakes. There will also be a large plant stand.
You can find Carestown Steading on Sat Nav by putting in the postcode AB56 5TR. It is east of B9018 Cullenkeith Road (Cullen 3 miles, Keith 9 1/2 miles) and follow the SG signs towards Milton and Carestown.
Scotland’s Gardens is a registered charity createdin 1931 which raises funds for deserving charities by facilitating the opening of gardens of horticultural interest of all sizes throughout Scotland to the public. Of the money raised, 40% of funds at each garden got to a charity nominated by the owner, while 60% is distributed to the charities supported by Scotland’s Gardens which are, The Queens Nursing Institute Scotland, The Gardens Fund of the National Trust for Scotland, Maggies Cancer caring Centres and Perennial.
The Moray and Nairn group of Scotland’s Garden’s has a number of new gardens opening this year. Three gardens open together in Forres on July 13 - 1 Sanquhar Drive, Newbold House and 10 Pilmuir Road.
There are gardens of different scale from Gordonstoun and Glen Rinnes Lodge to Castleview, Cuddy’s Well and Bruntlands Bungalow, Alves; the latter having a day lilly collection.
Further details about the charity can be found at the website www.scotlandsgardens.org