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Broughton Garden Scotland


This walled garden is a surprise and a delight; located behind a large historic 18th-century house and gallery in a quaint seaside village on the South West coast of Scotland.

The building, garden, collections and archive are of national significance to Scotland, while its library ranks as internationally important.

Between 1901 and 1933, Edward A. Hornel, the renowned artist and member of ‘The Glasgow Boys” added an art gallery and a studio overlooking the gardens, which lead down to the estuary of the Dee. Edward was born in Australia on 17th July 1864 and died at Broughton House in 1933.

The Glasgow Boys were a group of artists influenced by the social realism of painters such as Jules Bastien-Lepage and Whistler. Hornel is particularly well known for his works such as Summer, The Coming of Spring and Seashore Roses.

Most of the garden is made up of dense plantings traversed by a network of paths. A wander through the garden continually reveals new vistas and unexpected features in both garden architecture and plant life. The photos in this article were taken mid July; but the garden would be a delight throughout much of the year, in a climate which is surprisingly mild for Scotland.

His artistic interest in Japanese culture and design lead the garden to be influenced by that style. It is also something of a plantsman’s paradise. The gardens cover an area of about 2 acres (0.8 hectares). The garden can be considered as a series of compartments of different character, containing a diverse collection of plants and many tone troughs and artefacts.

Location: On national Cycle route 7.

High Street, Kirkcudbright, Dumphries and Galloway, Scotland (South West of Castle Douglas)

Open: Open most of the year April to October. 1pm to 5.30pm (best to verify times before arriving)

Access: not advised for physically disabled visitors due to numerous narrow uneven paths, many of which are gravel.

Website: www.nts.org.au

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