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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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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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Pleasant walk up beside the festival theatre

Enjoyed our stroll up through the gardens. Lovely view from the pavilion. Hopefully will come back in the spring to see the plants flowering.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Anne T
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Milngavie, United Kingdom
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Milngavie, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed our stroll up through the gardens. Lovely view from the pavilion. Hopefully will come back in the spring to see the plants flowering.

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Carnoustie, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

Saw the signposts for this and thought it would be a pleasant walk viewing new plants etc. Inside the walk is pleasant enough, but unfortunately there was insufficient labelling - so we had no idea what half the plants actually were. There were also some areas in which the plants were too closely intermingled that it was difficult to see... More 

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Ross and Cromarty, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

Great garden with many interesting sign posts about the explorers. Love the Douglas pavilion. Have a huge collection of Meconopsis.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

When I used to think of explorers, I always thought of intrepid seafarers or men conquering the elements in remote lands. This garden opened my eyes to the fact that many men risked hardship and disease in foreign lands to locate, classify and prepare samples of plants for transportation to the United Kingdom. (And, obviously, other countries, as well.) It... More 

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Thank RJB72
Province of Malaga, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

A fascinating place, lots of quiet corners with interesting sculptures and buildings, and lots of information boards. we know nothing about plants, but still enjoyed walking round it!

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Otley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

A charming little garden adjacent to the Fesival Theatre, well worth searching out. It doesn't cost too much (I found out afterwards that we could have got in free with our RHS membership, but I was happy to support them). Interesting information boards explaining the history behind some of the country's botanists who travelled the world to find plants. The... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

If you are in the area and have an interest in gardening then this is a definite Must See ! It has only been open a few years but it has matured well. it is well laid out into different regions/continents. If there is one small moan it's the lack of clear plant labels. Also, most of it is very... More 

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Thank Derek R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

These tranquil gardens are in a picturesque hillside setting. The meandering path is easy to walk with a colourful variety of plants, shrubs and trees from North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, the Himalayas, Japan and China. There are curved bridges, a pavilion situated at a high point, and an eco toilet in a wonderful acorn shaped structure. The... More 

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Thank Sandie B
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

The explorers' Woodland Garden was perfect for a liesurely hour and a half stroll in the Pitlochry area.

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Angus, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Lovely setting lots of unusual plants to see with historic narratives. Also lots of plants to buy and ideal for plant lovers. I had no idea this was here recommend a visit. Refreshments available at the café in the theatre next door. Lots of parking with never. Some but not all areas suitable for wheelchairs. Probably not best for small... More 

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