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“Stunning”
Review of Cally Gardens

Cally Gardens
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

Not in the usual sense of being totally manicured etc, but for a huge display of often very unusual plants, unsurpassed in my experience.
We first visited maybe 20 years ago when the owner was just starting up and had a few plants in one corner. Recent visits (2013 and 2014) were a revelation; the owners globe trotting to find new plants has certainly paid off.
There are lots of plants on sale; my only problem is that I am no expert in knowing how they develop, and lacked the time to match those for sale to those on display, which would anser my question.
Next year I am taking my horticulturist daughter and son in law, and a trailer!

Thank MikeD1948
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michael w, Owner at Cally Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2014

Thank you for this generous review with its historical perspective - 20 years of planting and weeding seem to have paid off. The reviewer is right about Cally not being 'totally manicured' - maintaining a self-supporting plant collection this size without any grants means that less vital jobs, like dead heading, often have to wait. The best way to match up the plants in the garden with those for sale is to take photos and show a member of staff.

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

We had a very enjoyable few hours at Cally gardens. At first glance it seems rather chaotic and the whole effect is not as harmonious as many gardens but begin to focus individually on the many ,and often rare, species of plants and the whole experience becomes absorbing. The staff are welcoming, informative and clearly full of enthusiasm but more written and visual information around the gardens,particularly in the sales area would help.

Thank PD53
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michael w, Owner at Cally Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2014

What a pleasure to hear from a visitor who took the time to appreciate our work, instead of dashing round at top speed whilst on the phone. It is true that the sales area is short on information compared to a garden centre - because the actual plants are in the garden.
Thank you.

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Reviewed 25 May 2014

This lovely walled garden is a showcase for the stunning plants which are for sale. It is a joy to walk around, the place is crammed with plants and it is hard to decide what to admire next. The meconopsis were particularly stunning when I visited. Although it is a working nursery, there is a small charge for entry, but it is well worth it. Check the website for entry times, particularly if you plan to visit on a week day.

A visit can be combined with lunch at the nearby Cally Hotel. Don't be put off by the decor, there is a conservatory with a basic lunch menu - sandwiches and variations thereof.
Lunch can be walked off in the woods where a red squirrel may be sighted, if you are lucky.

Thank Bonniebraes
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michael w, Owner at Cally Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2014

Thank you for this helpful informative review with its emphasis on the great variety of plants to be seen here. The additional information about lunch and red squirrels is helpful. For lunch another option is the Selkirk Arms in nearby Kirkcudbright where you can eat in their quiet garden.

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Reviewed 21 September 2013

Although the walled garden is quite a feature in itself, the actual grounds are quite limited and more of a living advert for the nursery sales which occupy the centre of the walled garden. Facilities are very limited and access for wheelchairs would be only around the outer walk as the crossing paths are very overgrown and unfirm.

Thank Allan J
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michael w, Owner at Cally Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2014

This review illustrates a question we are often asked - is Cally Gardens a nursery or a garden? In fact it is both and the two things are complimentary. The garden supplies the nursery with seeds and cuttings and gives visitors the chance to see the plants we sell, and many others, established in 36 large borders. The nursery pays for the maintenance and development of the garden. So, if you are interested in plants or old walled gardens we have over 3,000 varieties in one of the few restored brick-built 18th c. walled gardens around. (2.7 acres) He is right that the smaller paths are rather overgrown by the time we get to September when he visited - we like giant perennials. We do not have a cafe or a gift shop because we are really only interested in plants!

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Reviewed 26 June 2013

I had no idea before I went that this was the best garden in the world !
This is a plantsman's dream of three thousand varieties, many in full bloom, set out in row after row of lusciously packed beds !
The head man has travelled the world collecting and he and his team have produced an amazing place to spend a few hours !
If, like me, you are not a gardener and anything you plant withers as you walk away, don't worry, just take your camera and set it to 'macro' and explore the remarkable world awaiting you !
My descriptions of my shots are not necessarily what experts might have expected but then does it matter that we don't all know the names ?

Thank David N
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michael w, Owner at Cally Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2014

Thank you.

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