There are many beautiful gardens, open to the public, within easy reach of Ridgeway Bed and Breakfast accommodation, Blairgowrie.

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Branklyn Garden, Perth (16 miles) [National Trust for Scotland ]  Private garden of two acres.  Many varieties of rhododendron and azalea as well as other plants.   Well worth a visit.

The University of Dundee Botanic Garden  (18 miles) has been described as the jewel in the crown of the university.  The garden is a centre for public enjoyment in addition to its principal function of supplying plant material for teaching and research within the University of Dundee. 

Explorers Garden, Pitlochry Festival Theatre (25 miles)  You don't have to be a budding botanist to really appreciate the beauty of this unique garden.  Not only is it packed with amazing and rare plants, you'll also discover the fantastic stories behind the men who risked death to bring them back.

Cluny House Gardens  (30 miles)  This 2.4 ha Himalayan/North American woodland garden overlooking the scenic Strathtay valley was planted and developed by the late Bobby and Betty Masterton from 1950. 

Bolfracks  (30 miles)  There is no record of when the garden at Bolfracks was first created.  However, a map dated 1767 shows the walled garden as presently situated.  Today the garden has been very largely redesigned and replanted.  Facing north as it does with splendid views over the Tay valley and the hills beyond, the garden occupies approximately four acres.  Apart from the walled garden and a burial ground, there is a less formal wooded garden with a burn. 

Drummond Gardens  (35 miles)  This formal garden is said to be one of the finest in Europe and is the largest of its type in Scotland.  The main entrance to the garden through the main gates is situated two miles south of Crieff on the Muthill road (A822) where visitors can drive along the stunning mile long beech avenue to the car park before walking to the outer courtyard  The gardens are full of colour from spring right through to the end of autumn with a peak of blooms in the formal beds in high summer.  There is a fantastic display of spring and autumn foliage from the remarkable collection of Japanese maples.  The tranquillity of the fine formal gardens makes them the perfect setting to stroll amongst well manicured plantings and absorb the atmosphere of this special place.  For information on admission charges, disabled access and season tickets, please visit www.drummondcastlegardens.co.uk or phone 01764 681433.

Glendoick Gardens  (20 miles) was one of the first garden centres in Scotland.  It has grown gradually over the last 31 years into what is now one of Scotland's finest garden centres and certainly one of the best places to buy plants in Scotland.  

Other nearby gardens include Hercules Garden - Blair Castle, Scone Palace, Scottish Plant Collectors' Garden, Pitlochry and Kinross House

All the above gardens together form the Perthshire Gardens collection

 

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