Grow your own with Threave’s expert guidance


Budding vegetable growers can get some top tips for making the 2016 season their most productive yet from the expert gardeners at the National Trust for Scotland’s Threave Garden near Castle Douglas on Sunday 8 May.


As part of its Scotland’s Gardens Open Day programme, the Threave team, along with experts from the National Vegetable Society, are running workshops throughout the day on the art of seed-sowing, planting potatoes and how to prepare the vegetable plot. There will be fun activities for the family, with a special trail and a display of some historic garden tools too.


Threave Garden is home to the conservation charity’s School of Heritage Gardening which has been helping to grow garden expertise in Scotland for more than 50 years, so the team there are accustomed to sharing their knowledge and helping people of all levels develop new skills.


Property Manager Richard Polley said:


“The garden is awakening for Spring and is looking lovely. The team have been working hard after a long and wet winter to welcome visitors once again. And around the wider estate, there is plenty of wildlife to see and hear – the ospreys are back and breeding, and our bats are out of hibernation too.”

Threave’s spectacular gardens have many different features from the rock garden, patio garden and secret garden to the walled garden and glass houses which display succulent fruit and vegetables.

Explore the wider estate (just off the A75) to get close to nature, but on an easy footpath to the River Dee. Threave is also a designated Bat Reserve – follow the bat trail to spot wonderful rare bats.

The popular Terrace Café and new Stables Café next to the children’s play area will be serving up tasty treats to keep the whole family exploring all day long too.

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