Talk on 20-acre green oasis

The next afternoon talk organised by the National Trust for Scotland Angus Members’ Centre is on Thursday, March 22.

Entitled “Arduaine Gardens - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly” the talk will be given by Maurice Wilkins, Head Gardener & Property Manager, NTS Arduaine Garden.

Sitting on a rocky peninsula reaching out into Loch Melfort, Arduaine Garden in Argyll is a 20-acre green oasis. The south facing garden is warmed by the Gulf Stream and the mild moist climate has been exploited to grow a range of woodland plants, including a substantial rhododendron collection and many palms and tree ferns.

James Arthur Campbell began the garden in 1898 and the development of the garden continued until his death in 1929. However, by 1971 when it was sold by the family, the garden had declined. It was then purchased by Edmund & Harry Wright, who spent 21 years replanting and restoring the garden.

In 1992 the garden was transferred to the National Trust for Scotland and opened to the public. Unfortunately threatened with immediate closure as part of the NTS cost saving measures in 2009, the garden initially received a stay of execution and was finally reprieved in 2011All All are welcome at the Guide Hall, Forfar at 2.30pm. The admission charge of £4 including light refreshments.