Now that the lock-down restrictions are starting to ease, there is the opportunity to visit other households while maintaining social distance. This seems like a good opportunity to visit each other’s gardens over the next few months while they are at their early summer best. This is not meant to be a public event like last year’s Borgue Open Gardens but a chance to get out and socialise with local friends.
If you would like to have some garden visitors, please send your garden details, similar to the ones below, via email to John Shields including some photographs if you have them and I’ll add them to the list below.
To visit a garden, call the number listed in the garden details below and arrange for a time to visit.
Barhill, Knockbrex, DG6 4UE Tel: 01557 870949
Jenny & Guy Houlsby
10 acres of woodland, grass and a small lake, interspersed with some cultivated areas. Although it is at its best in early spring, with snowdrops, daffodils, primroses and bluebells, the rhododendrons are still in flower and there is a wide variety of plants, both cultivated and wild. Views out to the bay and islands.
Approaching Knockbrex from the south along the coast road, after entering the woods there are some old white metal gates on the left. The entrance is the wooden gates a further 50 yards on the left. Plenty of parking space. The garden is rough in places.
The Cheeseloft, High Chapelton, DG6 4TY Tel: 01557 870098
Rachel & Rob Lucas
A windswept garden of about three-quarters of an acre. The garden was until very recently a field and a midden and is still very much work in progress. There is a wild meadow area, lawned herbaceous borders, wildlife pond and vegetable garden and greenhouse.
Access is down the road to Muncraig Farm (turning in Chapelton Row). The garden is uneven in places with a large area of gravel at the front of the house.
Craig Cottage, Kirkandrews. DG6 4UB Tel: 01557 870678
Gabrielle & John Shields
A windswept, coastal garden of around three-quarters of an acre on three levels leading down to Kirkandrews Bay. The garden was originally very overgrown with brambles, nettles and sycamore saplings and has been under development since 2014. There is a good variety of perennial plants featuring Hostas, Geraniums and plants that can survive the coastal conditions.
Access is down a track across a field opposite Roberton House just west of Kirkandrews on the coast road from Borgue to Carrick. The garden is steep and uneven in places. You can access the beach in Kirkandrews Bay from the bottom of the garden.
Doon Wood Cottage
Doon Wood Cottage, DG6 4UE Tel: 01557 870156
Carol & Richard Ryall
4 Kirkbank, Borgue DG6 4SH Tel: 01557 870681 or 07803 707349
A small front and rear garden under development since taking ownership last year. To the front, With distant views over to North Lakes coast, lawned with an ornamental goldfish pond with water lily and other pond plants and borders mainly planted to cottage garden style with insect attracting cottage garden annuals, pots and hanging baskets. A side entrance leads to a sunny Rear lawned garden with flower borders and interspersed vegetables, hanging baskets and view up to Borgue church.
From the lane alongside Borgue Public Hall