Enjoy a guided tour with the owner and creator of Glenwhan Gardens this Sunday (April 29), as part of the Scottish Rhododendron Festival.

Visitors are invited to view Glenwhan’s striking rhododendron collection, which features hardy hybrids planted when the garden was first developed, through to the native species in its sheltered areas.

Tessa Knott, who will lead the tour, has developed the 12-acre garden over the past 45 years from bare moorland to the vibrant landscape it is today. Many of its plants have been collected in the wild and grown from seed.

Glenwhan’s ‘Taste Your Best’ awarded tearooms will be open for lunch and refreshments following the tour.

Tessa said: “It’s hard to think that Glenwhan, with its Gaelic meaning a ‘green & rushy place’ as it was 40 years ago, is now transformed into a plants man’s paradise, featuring a beautiful family of rhododendrons. The acidity of the garden’s ground combined with high rainfall, makes it a comfortable spot for rhododendrons to thrive here in the West of Scotland. 

“Being on the Western Seaboard means we benefit from the garden’s close proximity to the Gulf Stream, allowing the large leafed native species to flourish, together with the mature hybrids. The native plants love the micro-climate and shelter at Glenwhan and are flowering freely – a perfect time to come and discover our garden and hear more about our story.” 

The Scottish Rhododendron Festival takes place in gardens across the country until May31  and comprises of more than 90 events nationwide.   

The annual Festival, which launched in 2015, is organised by national garden tourism group Discover Scottish Gardens, supported by VisitScotland, Glorious Gardens of Argyll and Bute and Scotland’s Gardens Scheme which has organised open days at private gardens across the country to raise money for a selection of nominated charities. 

The festival aims to encourage local audiences and tourists to enjoy the wonders of Scotland’s gardens during the rhododendron flowering period and highlight the diversity and plethora of rhododendron collections that can be found in Scotland.  

For more information on the Glenwhan Garden tour and other event listings, please visit here.

Event details:

Date: Sunday 29 April

Time: 11am

Location: Glenwhan Gardens, Dunragit, by Stranraer, DG9 8PH

Cost: Adult £6 / Child £1.50 / Concession £4.50