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Explorers' Garden at Pitlochry Theatre

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Address: Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Pitlochry PH16 5DR, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1796 484600
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Description: You don't have to be a budding botanist to really appreciate the beauty of...
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. Traverse the globe in a single afternoon as you follow the Scottish Plant Hunters' and discover their wares. . .
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Amazing little gem of a garden

So interesting and the staff were fantastic. Climb up from the theatre and visit this garden - its well worth it and the information boards were full of interesting facts. I'm... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Lynn G
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

So interesting and the staff were fantastic. Climb up from the theatre and visit this garden - its well worth it and the information boards were full of interesting facts. I'm planning to return in the summer to see more of the plants in flower.

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giles c, Public Relations Manager at Explorers' Garden at Pitlochry Theatre, responded to this review

Dear Lynn, thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review. I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit to Explorers Garden and we look forward to welcoming you back in the Summer! Best wishes, More 

Ljubljana, Slovenia
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202 reviews 202 reviews
84 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Nice botanical garden with shaddy paths and lots of information. Even with some orientral touch with some buildings. Good place for a walk but if you are interested in the background of the plants it is a must visit. Interesting to know, about kind of exotic plant hunters...

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giles c, Public Relations Manager at Explorers' Garden at Pitlochry Theatre, responded to this review

Hello, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us this review! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, and with Explorers re-opening for the season today we hope to welcome you back soon! More 

Daylesford, Australia
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311 reviews 311 reviews
129 attraction reviews
705 helpful votes 705 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We were disappointed at the lost opportunities of this garden. It fails to showcase the plants it so much wants to display and indeed it has a sense of amateur interest. This deserves in concept to be so much better and we urge a strong management review

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giles c, Public Relations Manager at Explorers' Garden at Pitlochry Theatre, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your feedback and sorry to hear that your recent visit to the Explorers Garden did not live up to your expectations. As you will no doubt be aware the Garden has one fulltime member of staff who is assisted by over 50 volunteers. Without the goodwill of our volunteers as well as the local community, the... More 

Paisley, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

the grounds were just the right size and the view of the river was very attractive. There was plenty of easy walking.

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giles c, Public Relations Manager at Explorers' Garden at Pitlochry Theatre, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback - we're delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit, and hope to welcome you back to Explorers in the New Year :-) More 

Dingwall, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Even though the majority of the flowers had gone by there was still enough in bloom to make this trip more than worth it. The landscaping and historical context were quite unique.

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giles c, Public Relations Manager at Explorers' Garden at Pitlochry Theatre, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review - the Garden team plant extensively throughout the year so there are always flowers in bloom to help make your trip worth it! We're delighted to hear you enjoyed your time here, and hope to welcome you back in the New Year. More 

Dundee, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
26 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This garden is wonderful. A celebration of the Scots who went all over the world to collect plant specimens and changed the world of horticulture. Organised in to sections such as Himalayas, South America etc with informational boards about the botanists who went to these areas and the plants they brought back and interspersed with stunning hard landscaping, sculpted wooden... More 

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giles c, Public Relations Manager at Explorers' Garden at Pitlochry Theatre, responded to this review

Hello Anya, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. The team work very hard to implement and maintain the beautiful garden, its so lovely to hear its appreciated. We hope to welcome you back in the New Year! More 

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
30 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Fascinating history of Scottish botany explorers, some fab views and structures, I loved stone arch and Eco wc! It was raining the day we visited, so quiet and it felt a little tired, as tho needed work, but as run by volunteers maybe over summer they can't get as many? However well worth a visit, if just for views and... More 

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Fife, Scotland
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

Visited as a family, felt that we had missed the most beautiful time in the garden but it was still wonderful to visit. Beautiful trees, very well set out, an absolute pleasure to walk round. We will definitely go back when more plants are in bloom. However, it's a beautiful interesting and educational garden whatever the time of year.

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giles c, Public Relations Manager at Explorers' Garden at Pitlochry Theatre, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this review. The Garden team work exhaustively throughout the year to source and plant flowers that bloom all year round, so there's always something to see! It's wonderful to hear when this hard work is appreciated, and we're delighted you enjoyed your visit to Explorers Garden - we... More 

Notts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Amazing walk through heavily wooded valley with lots of information about the plants and their discovery along with some great buildings and a fantastic mosaic floor. Worth the £4 entrance plus !

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giles c, Public Relations Manager at Explorers' Garden at Pitlochry Theatre, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave us this review - it's great to hear you enjoyed your visit and we hope to welcome you back to Explorers Garden in the New Year :-) More 

Bristol
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45 reviews 45 reviews
31 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This is an attractively laid out and interesting garden on a fairly steep hillside, with views across the valley and easy parking at the Festival Theatre at the bottom of the hill. I went especially to see the recently-installed pebble mosaic which is not only lovely in itself but set in a tranquil open pavilion: a really peaceful and enjoyable... More 

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giles c, Public Relations Manager at Explorers' Garden at Pitlochry Theatre, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to write us this review. The pebble mosaic is indeed very special, and we're delighted you enjoyed it so much (The eco-loo also has a very special place in our hearts!!) the team work very hard to maintain the high standards in Explorers Garden, so it's great to hear it's appreciated. Thanks for... More 

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