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Open March - October. Please see website for more details.

MOUNT STUART

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Isle of Bute
Argyll and Bute
PA20 9LR

5 miles south of Rothesay.

300 acres (120ha)

Tel
01700 503877

Visit website

Admission

Non-member adult £6.50.


RHS members

Free access applies (gardens only) throughout open period.

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Café
  • Children's activities
  • Children's playground
  • Disabled access
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnics allowed
  • Toilets

Features

  • Champion trees
  • Glasshouse (open to public)
  • Rock garden

About the garden

Owned by
The Mount Stuart Trust

Owned by The Mount Stuart Trust, Mount Stuart’s 300-acre gardens and grounds are home to a spectacular botanic collection of native and exotic flora, which give life to several gardens with distinct personalities including a mature Victorian pinetum; a two-acre rock garden designed by Thomas Mawson; a 'wee' garden of five acres, planted with tender exotics from Australia and New Zealand; and a kitchen garden redesigned by the late Lord Bute with help from Rosemary Verey.    

Important botanical specimens and champion Rhododendrons grow alongside plants endangered in their native habitats, including 16 National Champion Trees. This unique designed landscape hosts a further 80 county champion trees each finding their home at Mount Stuart. Add in the relics of an 18th century landscape, a tropical greenhouse, acres of seaonal bulb displays of daffodils and bluebells, established rhododendrons and some recent improvements by James Alexander-Sinclair, and you have the measure of a long and fascinating visit.   

As one of Scotland’s great gardens, recent restoration developments and continued improvements within the kitchen garden, rock garden, wee garden and various path improvements throughout provide fresh interest and encourage exploration of the gardens.    

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Begonias
  • Bluebells
  • Camellias
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Conifers
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Ferns
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Grasses
  • Hellebores
  • Herbs
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Laburnum
  • Lavender
  • Lilies
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Meconopsis
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Sweet peas
  • Vegetables
  • Waterlilies
  • Wildflowers

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