Published: 02/09/2014 10:28 - Updated: 02/09/2014 10:41

Gardens opening at Gordonstoun

Gardens will be open to the public at Gordonstoun this weekend.
Gardens will be open to the public at Gordonstoun this weekend.

GORDONSTOUN will be showing the public how its gardens grow this weekend, during an event in aid of Scotland’s Gardens.

The annual event is a unique opportunity for the general public to visit the grounds at Gordonstoun, which will be open from 2pm to 4.30pm.

The gardens include herbaceous borders around lawns, leading to a lake and an orchard. Gordonstoun House, built in 1775, incorporates an earlier 17th century house built for the 1st Marquis of Huntly and forms the backdrop to the gardens.

The Michael Kirk, one of the school’s chapels, will also be open to the public.

As well as that, there is a unique circle of former farm buildings known as the Round Square which can be visited for their architectural and historical interest.

Of the money raised, 40% goes to a charity nominated by the school, while 60% is distributed to charities supported by Scotland’s Gardens.

These charities 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 Gardens has had a number of gardens opening this summer and more will open in summer 2015. Further information is available at www.scotlands-gardens.org

Simon Reid, Principal of Gordonstoun, said: "We look forward to welcoming as many visitors as possible on Sunday, September 7. We will of course be providing our usual array of delicious strawberry tarts as well as teas and coffees."

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