Arbuthnott House Garden

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It is not known whether any embellishment by way of garden or grounds was enjoyed around the original tower, the fortified manor-house or the courtyard castle into which Arbuthnott House had grown by the middle of the XV11th century. It is certain however that between 1685 and 1690 the present formal garden on its very steep slope was designed, laid out and brought into life. About 100 years later a further and more extensive landscape plan was devised in which to set the house and garden. This plan was itself contemporary with the development of the whole of the landed estate in the late XV111th century to become the classical farmland and forestry pattern of the “improving lairds”.

The cultivated gardens extend to some 5 acres and are surrounded to the east and west by a wall and to the north by the house and its outbuildings and a further length of wall. The bottom of the steep south-westerly slope of the garden is fenced by iron railings in which there are two gates. Beyond these railings lies a wide grass walk which is divided from the haugh of the river bottom lands, by a manmade mill-lade derived from the river further upstream originally to drive the castle mill and which later became a designed ornamental boundary to the bottom of the garden.

Under the guide of a professional gardener, seasonal vegetables, annual cut flowers, herbacious borders, shrubs and specimen trees with horizontal and diagonal grass walks make up a memorial visit.

See details of garden opening on "house opening" page