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Review of Arduaine Garden

Arduaine Garden
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US$36.08*
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National Trust for Scotland Discover Ticket: Scotland Sightseeing Pass
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Arduaine
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Arduaine is a wonderfully moist and mossy coastal garden, influenced beneficially by the North Atlantic Drift and enjoyed by enthusiasts from all over the world. Twenty acres of outstanding woodland plants include not only a major rhododendron species collection with a leaning towards the more tender, but also all the usual spring-flowering favourites such as camellia, pieris, azalea and magnolia. Other trees and shrubs take the flowering season on into the autumn along with an inspiring miscellany of bulbs, perennials, climbers, water plants and ferns, many rare and unusual, many down to earth and familiar, all interesting and beautiful in their diverse ways. A spectacular coastal and island panorama can be enjoyed from the easily accessible cliff top viewpoint. Visitors are welcome every day and will find something of interest throughout the year, come rain or shine.
Reviewed 30 May 2014 via mobile

Me and my partner took a walk around the gardens and the gardens themselves are beautiful. The flowers were all in bloom and so many bees and wildlife with lots of information points everywhere. Although it is National Trust though and is volunteer run I feel the entry price for £6.50 per adult is a little high... other than that we spent about an hour wandering around and theres plenty of places to sit and have a picnic.

Thank Jassumms
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Maurice W, Property Manager/Head Gardener at Arduaine Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2014

Glad to hear that you enjoyed the garden. I must point out though that although Arduaine is owned and operated by the National Trust for Scotland it is not run by volunteers. I have been Head Gardener here for 22 years and have two garden staff; we also have reception staff to run the front desk and shop 7 days a week from April to September. We do have one or two
occasional volunteers, but there is a very small local population from which to ask for help.

So the £6.50 entry charge doesn't in fact cover the cost of running the garden and we have a considerable annual deficit, in spite of income from our endowment fund and the many donations we receive. We rely totally on the public for our running costs and have no government assistance.

I hope that I've persuaded you that for a 20 acre garden crammed full of the most wonderful and exciting plants, and maintained and developed by a very small and dedicated staff, our current entry charge is very reasonable!

Many thanks for taking the time to send a review. Maurice.

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

We went back in May this year to see the fabulous Rhodos in flower. and weren't disappointed. Well worth a visit at any time of the year.

Thank Leslianne M
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Maurice W, Property Manager/Head Gardener at Arduaine Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2014

Always pleased to hear that visitors enjoy their time here. The garden is absolutely superb in the spring, though we say it ourselves; it's hard not to be with the huge collection of spring flowering plants that we have here.

But for those of you who are thinking of coming later on, we do have a very varied plant collection which goes on right up into late autumn and sometimes beyond, so please don't think that west coast means spring only! By no means!

Many thanks, Maurice.

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

What a treat to find this stunning garden hidden away on the wild and bleak west coast, yet full of colour and very sheltered. The azaleas and rhododendrons were in full bloom and the paths just draw you onwards to see more. Disability kept me down at the comfortable lower levels of the garden but the wooded higher areas with their views out to sea were sadly missed.
The garden is looked after by the NTS, and the reciprocal arrangement with the NT is much appreciated!

Thank SFTWigan
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Maurice W, Property Manager/Head Gardener at Arduaine Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2014

Delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to this beautiful garden! I'm sorry that your disability prevented you from exploring further up into the woodland garden and viewpoint, but the route up to the top is a surprisingly gentle slope and depending on the ability of our visitors it's sometimed found to be easier than expected. Our reception staff can always advise and garden staff are happy to help in any way we can.

Although our two marked routes are as smooth as we can make them, it must be realised that this is a hillside woodland garden and tree roots sometimes have a nasty habit of growing under the paths! As you say, however, the lower garden is more or less on the flat.

Do hope you will pass on your kind comments to your friends and maybe come back again yourself sometime.

All good wishes,

Maurice.

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

This is a wonderful garden and I strolled around there for some time. There are both flowerborders and lawns, small path by pionds, view over the loch and plenty of bif trees, giving part of it the feel of a forest.
Afterwards I had tea and a scone at Loch Melfort Hotel.

Thank Sitta
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Maurice W, Prperty Manager/Head Gardener at Arduaine Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2014

Thank you for your review - I'm glad that you had a good time. You're right - we have a huge mix of both plants and styles, from the intimate corners around the Water Garden to the tall trees of the Woodland Garden.

The climate allows us to grow a wide range of plants, from shrubs, trees and climbers to perennials, ferns and palms - I'll be experimenting with South American cacti too!

On top of that we have a superb location and a coastal viewpoint with a wonderful panorama of islands and ocean. I do hope that you manage to come back!

All good wishes,

Maurice.

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Reviewed 28 May 2014 via mobile

Fantastic morning in glorious sunshine with all the rhododendrons in flower. Amazing place. Hours spent photographing flowers. Great sea views as well

Thank David B
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Maurice W, Property Manager/Head Gardener at Arduaine Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2014

Thank you for your review. We've had a very varied range of weather this spring, with frequent showers followed by wonderful sunshine, both of which help to keep the garden vibrant and fresh.

It would be remiss of me to pretend that we don't suffer from that west coast scourge, the midge, so it's always wise to make sure that you have some protection with you so that you can enjoy the garden in peace should you come on a less than sunny day.

I take a lot of photographs here too - you may be interested to know that we have an Arduaine Garden Flickr page, so do upload pictures to it for the benefit of others, should you wish to do so.

Thanks again,

Maurice.

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