Thursday, 4 September 2014

Scotland 2014 - #8 Hidden Gardens

 This first oasis of a garden is, almost unbelievably, situated just off Edinburgh's Royal Mile at Dunbar's Close. It's a courtyard style garden, with apple trees and climbing roses separating each 'room', herbs and flowers to scent the air, and seats to rest awhile. Considering its location, it's surprisingly quiet, even at Festival time.
I discovered it by accident last year and had to revisit.

Another garden still within walking distance of the city centre, though admittedly further at just over one and a half miles, is Dr Neil's Garden at Duddingston.

Although on the edge of Holyrood Park, looking at the view over the loch it feels like the middle of the countryside.

And in case you walked there, there are plenty of seats to sit and gaze at the view from.

Lastly, we went a little further from town. Less than half an hour away is the pretty village of Inveresk and hidden behind a stone wall the garden of Inveresk Lodge, a National Trust for Scotland garden with mixed beds and borders and a wilder area round a pond.

Another lovely spot to escape the bustle of the city.

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