Gardens open to support charity

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Glamis Castle’s gardens will be open to the public at the end of this month to raise money for charity as part of the Scotland’s Gardens scheme.

The gardens are at the heart of the estate’s landscape and offer a contrast of styles and setting which have their own attractions.

The family home of the Earls of Strathmore & Kinghorne since 1372, the castle is approached by a mile-long drive through park landscaped in the pastoral style offering breathtaking views of the building. The Walled Garden, formerly the kitchen garden, has meanwhile undergone development with new flower beds and the installation of a spectacular fountain.

The Italian Garden, to the east of the castle, laid out around 1910 and bounded by yew hedges, offers quiet seclusion with wonderful views of the castle. Further eastward is The Pinetum, planted by the 13th Earl in 1864, which has a variety of exotic trees and has been restored recently by the 18th earl.

The gardens will be open on Sunday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. and entry, costs £7 or £6 for senior citizens. Funds raised will go to nominated charities