Mount Stuart´s gardens date back to circa 1717 when the 2nd Earl of Bute started to lay out substantial grounds - the beginning of the three hundred acres of wilderness, woodland and designed landscape that can be enjoyed today. The 19th century saw the development of the 5 acre Wee Garden and - in 1896 - the celebrated English landscape gardener Thomas Mawson designed a remarkable walk replicating the Via Dolorosa. He also designed the exquisite Rock Garden to the front of the house. The 20th century witnessed further developments, including the replanting of the Rock Garden and the remodelling of the Victorian Kitchen Garden.
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"The celebrated garden designer Rosemary Verey remodelled the kitchen garden around 20 years ago, using the large glass Pavilion acquired from the 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival as a centrepiece. The garden is home to veg, fruits and flowers and culinary and medicinal herbs, many of which you can enjoy in the farm shop. The garden also produces eggs and honey."
Information on Mount Stuart Gardens , Isle of Bute
|Opening Times:||Mar-Oct, Daily, 10:00-18:00. Please check for House opening times.|
|Admission:||Adult £6.50, Child £3.50, Concession £5.00, Family (2+2) £18.00.|
|Child Friendly:||Children of all ages welcome|
|Dog Friendly:||Dogs Permitted (Restricted areas only)|
|Location:||Mount Stuart is one of the world’s greatest houses and the gardens are amongst the finest in Europe. Just 90 minutes from Glasgow, located on the most accessible island in Scotland - the frequent rail and ferry services to the island run daily, so a day trip is just as easy as a longer stay on the Isle of Bute. Five and a half miles south of Rothesay ferry terminal on the A844.|
Coaches Welcome, Free Parking Availability, Garden Centre, Gift Shops, Farm Shop, Guided Tours, Limited Disabled Access, Tea Room, Licensed Restaurant
|Parkland / Woodland Acreage:||300|
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Sat 30 Mar 2013 – Sun 27 Oct 2013
Wood watch are inviting nature detectives of all ages to explore the hidden secrets of our woodlands during a relaxing afternoon stroll. Whatever your interest, flora & fauna, myth & magic or tree identification, a knowledgeable member of wood watch will be on hand to answer your question.
Date: Every Saturday & Sunday until 27th October 2013
Time: 14pm- 4pm
Sun 31 Mar 2013 – Sun 27 Oct 2013
Woodland meditation can be a wonderful blessing in your busy and stressful life. Join us on Sunday mornings to reconnect with the woods. We will be finding the simplicity of our own place within nature through guided meditation and respect for all living things.
You will end your meditative morning refreshed and energized!
Date: Every Sunday until 27th October 2013
Wed 01 May 2013 – Fri 31 May 2013
Daily throughout May 2013
Enjoy one of nature’s masterpieces this month and experience an assault on your senses. Few things could be more relaxing than walking through the woodland carpeted with drifts of bluebells filling the air with their heavenly scent.
Date: Self guided walks daily throughout May 2013
Sat 25 May 2013 – Sun 26 May 2013
Join us at Mount Stuart for a weekend programme that is jam-packed with fun and entertainment for the whole family! Food & craft producers from all over Bute, Argyll & the surrounding areas will descend on Mount Stuart two days – giving visitors the opportunity to sample & purchase their wares.
Sat 25 May 2013 – Sun 26 May 2013
Choice of Stick making or clay pots
Using native wood, we will be demonstrating & you will be using, woodland, heritage techniques to produce unique & individual antler walking & hill sticks.Join Jessica Herriot on this messy but fun workshop, where you will be hand building small clay pots & using your natural canvas to decorate them.
Saturday 25th May 2013
Sat 01 Jun 2013 – Sun 02 Jun 2013
Come along and make a decorative summer basket or planter, bursting with vibrant colours. Learn from Dot, an experienced member of our gardening team and Horticulturalist, how to design your basket, before creating your own hanging masterpiece to take home.Discussions will include caring for your basket to maintain a superb display throughout the season.
Date:Saturday 1st June 2013
Sat 08 Jun 2013 – Sun 09 Jun 2013
Whether you have rambling acres of garden or a modest window box, if you crave a ready supply of flavoursome home-grown herbs; dazzling Dot- an experienced member of our garden team and horticulturalist - will be sharing her knowledge to make your herb garden a reality.
Date: Saturday 13th April 2013
Time: 11am and 4pm
Mon 24 Jun 2013 – Wed 25 Jun 2014
Graham Alcorn, our deputy Head gardener, with over 27 years horticultural experience will be leading this guided walk, join him and explore our Pinetum and learn more about our involvement with the International Conifer Conservation Project.Particularly popular in the 19th century, Conifers were a special preference of the 3rd Marquess, who planted the original Victorian Pinetum at Mount Stuart.
Sat 27 Jul 2013 – Sun 28 Jul 2013
An ancient craft brought right up to date - participants will learn how to create their own willow structure’s to take home. Willow withes, hazel sticks, string & wire and a little imagination is all you need to make garden supports, wall hangings and more!
Both beginners and improvers are welcome.
Saturday 27th July 2013
Sat 19 Oct 2013 – Sun 20 Oct 2013
It’s time to put the heating on, get out the jumpers, bring in the garden furniture and start drinking cocoa. As the colder weather approaches we are not the only ones thinking about staying indoors, animals will be looking for a cosy home for the winter. Why not come along and make your very own hedgehog hibernation box to take home for your garden.
Saturday 19th October
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