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Ascog Hall Fernery and Garden

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EllieSELondon wrote a review Sep 2019
London, United Kingdom27 contributions13 helpful votes
Have visited several times. There is always something different even in the space of a few weeks. Lovely pieces of artwork that suddenly surprise you. I notice different plants/shrubs etc at different times. Just beautiful to wander round the gardens, and of course not forgetting the glassed fernery - containing ancient ferns etc.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Michael B, Gardener at Ascog Hall Fernery and Garden
Responded Sep 21, 2019
Thanks for your review. We try to add something different to the garden each year, so we very very much appreciate those who notice the difference.
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Zeo007 wrote a review Aug 2019
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I had not planned to visit (well not on that day) but I hopped on the 490 bus and within 10 mins I was at the gates. The gardens which have a £5 donation fee (pop it in the little green post box by the house after the driveway) are a collection of themed spaces. I only spent 30 mins there but one could easily wander around for an hour. If you are feeling fit you can cycle or walk from Rothesay (allow 2 hours there and 2 hours back). Ascog is also between Rothesay and Mount Stuart so the more adventurous might like to combine the two activities. Overall a lovely place to stroll around.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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phemiemac wrote a review Jul 2019
Glasgow, United Kingdom87 contributions42 helpful votes
Having been several times to Bute this was our first visit. I loved it. The owners openly admit some of the areas are undermaintained but that's what makes it so special. I am not a uniform border kinda person so the almost forest like areas are just amazing and the majority of the plants were so new to me. Hope the owners found the money I spent on plants in the green box as I brought a bit of Ascog Hall home!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Geordiesontour09 wrote a review Jul 2019
Durham UK28 contributions10 helpful votes
Late afternoon on our final day on Bute. Walked to death and needed a leisurely hour. The fernery and garden provided a delightful calm experience. The garden is extremely interesting and well laid out. It is tidy but not manicured and is the better for that. The fernery itself is quite remarkable with some extraordinary specimens. The owners had located a range of Chilean plants and had identified these with national flags. A nice idea. I think that a similar scheme with flags for other origins would be nice, even though most nationalities were identifiable if you read carefully. I don't think this would detract at all from thge garden and its peaceful ambience. Good place to visit.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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HMac_2013 wrote a review Jul 2019
Santa Fe, New Mexico1,536 contributions663 helpful votes
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The Ascog gardens should be terrific and impressive, but we found them to be surprisingly messy, weedy and generally seemingly untended. There were some high points. I particularly liked the small meadow with at least three different varieties of wild orchid and a display with pictures and words identifying them. For those alone I would return another year and hope to find a better loved and tended gardenscape.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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