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Arduaine Garden

Arduaine PA34 4XQ, Scotland
0844 493 2216
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Arduaine
Type: Gardens
Owner description: Arduaine is a wonderfully moist and mossy coastal garden, influenced beneficially by the North Atlantic Drift and enjoyed by enthusiasts from all over... more » Owner description: Arduaine is a wonderfully moist and mossy coastal garden, influenced beneficially by the North Atlantic Drift and enjoyed by enthusiasts from all over the world. Twenty acres of outstanding woodland plants include not only a major rhododendron species collection with a leaning towards the more tender, but also all the usual spring-flowering favourites such as camellia, pieris, azalea and magnolia. Other trees and shrubs take the flowering season on into the autumn along with an inspiring miscellany of bulbs, perennials, climbers, water plants and ferns, many rare and unusual, many down to earth and familiar, all interesting and beautiful in their diverse ways. A spectacular coastal and island panorama can be enjoyed from the easily accessible cliff top viewpoint. Visitors are welcome every day and will find something of interest throughout the year, come rain or shine. « less
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Durham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Well appointed and free to enter if you are National Trust members. Very well set out, and easy to find your way around as well sign posted. There is a lovely viewing point at the far end of the gardens which is gorgeous.

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Solihull
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Early flowering this year, with rhododendrons and magnolia in flower. The skunk cabbages were a first for me, but plenty of them in full bloom. Well laid out paths and a good coastal view form the top of the site.

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Maurice W, Property Manager/Head Gardener at Arduaine Garden, responded to this review

We're certainly in the middle of Skunk Cabbage flowering, with hundreds of the big yellow spathes surrounding many of the ponds and escaping to the borders too, in some places! The most common species is Lysichiton americanum, the well-known yellow species from the Pacific NW of North America, but we also have the white one, Lysichiton camtschatcensis, which comes from... More

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This garden is well worth a visit,with well laid out paths,and a profusion of beautiful plants and trees.

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Maurice W, Property Manager/Head Gardener at Arduaine Garden, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review. We certainly do have a great collection of wonderful plants, many rarely seen and many tender. This is a wonderful year for rhododendrons too, after a winter with almost no frost. A horticultural paradise! More

Crewe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

great café next to garden, serving great hot scones, hot drinks and beer etc. great value, lovely staff

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Maurice W, Property Manager/Head Gardener at Arduaine Garden, responded to this review

Thanks for your review of our neighbours at the Loch Melfort Hotel - but I do hope that you enjoyed Arduaine Garden too! Regards, Maurice. More

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Our second visit here we were just a bit early for most of the rhododendrons, but still a lovely walk

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Maurice W, Property Manager/Head Gardener at Arduaine Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! In a ‘normal’ year there would be very few rhododendrons in flower in March, but after a very mild winter there are dozens already out and several past and gone. Looking out of my office window on 3rd April I can see a large pink-flowered magnolia in full bloom against the backdrop of a very... More

Kuala Lumpur
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

As you walk down the path to the entrance the gardens look just like any other wooded area. I was amazed as soon as I went through the entrance though. Try to visit in May to catch everything in full bloom. Less impressive at other times but still a very peaceful space with some great views.

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Maurice W, Property Manager/Head Gardener at Arduaine Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. As you say, the garden is usually at its most impressive in May, though I have to say late April and early May in particular, but this year it's going to be a great deal earlier. We have many rhododendrons and magnolias in full glorious flower and very few visitors to appreciate them! So do... More

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

would be stunning to see in the summer - don't miss it when the flowers are in bloom, still enjoyed the walk round

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Maurice W, Property Manager/Head Gardener at Arduaine Garden, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review - I hope you had a reasonable day for your visit as it seems to have been raining for ever! As I write on 19th March we have many wonderful rhododendrons in flower, with very many more about to bloom. Unless we have some serious frost, which we haven't yet had this winter,... More

St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

We love Arduaine Garden and visit it virtually every time we are in the area, so we have experienced the garden in every season. In the winter there are understandably fewer visitors but there is still much to see and this time we counted nine different flowering shrubs or plants, which is pretty impressive in February. It is a lovely,... More

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Maurice W, Property Manager/Head Gardener at Arduaine Garden, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review. We don't have that many visitors during the winter, especially at times when the nearby Loch Melfort is closed, but I'm glad that you did come and found something to see! I'm pretty sure that even in the worst weather something can be found in flower, so nine different plants was pretty good - this... More

Dundee, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Large scale garden with variety of acid-loving plants. Many ideas for own home wildlife garden. Need time here to see all of it. Large garden.

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Maurice W, Property Manager/Head Gardener at Arduaine Garden, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. Had a bit of a rough time of it over the last few weeks because of the stormy weather. We've had to stay closed over the holiday as we've had a few trees down and the paths are strewn with debris. It can be quite scary under the tall trees in a strong wind, but we're... More

Edinburgh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

Although it was November there was still a fair bit to see in the gardens. although it's much better in the summer.

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Maurice W, Property Manager/Head Gardener at Arduaine Garden, responded to this review

Thanks for your review - I'm glad that you enjoyed your visit. It's been a rather wild December this year, with the weekend of the 14/15th being particularly rough, but even so, the garden is very sheltered and there's still plenty to see, even if there's not so much in flower now. Winter is a good time to enjoy shape... More

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