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Partner Garden of the Year Regional Finalist

ATTADALE GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Strathcarron
Wester Ross
IV54 8YX

On A890 between Strathcarron & South Strome.

20 acres

Tel
01520 722603

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Opening Hours

Daily, 10am–5.30pm, 1 Apr–30 Oct (plus special opening for snowdrops).

Admission

Non-member adult £10.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies Wed.

Facilities

  • Accessible facilities
  • Baby changing facilities
  • DIY Refreshments
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Plant sales
  • Toilets

Features

  • Arboretum
  • Autumn colour
  • Glasshouse (open to public)
  • Japanese garden
  • Pond or lake
  • Sculpture
  • Water garden
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
Joanna Macpherson

Started by Baron Schroder in the late 19th century, hill paths meander through 20 acres of conifers and rhododendrons. Totally transformed after the 1980 storms by owner Nicky Macpherson, it is now a painter's garden designed to frame the views of Skye and the surrounding hills.

Waterfalls, Monet bridges, Meconopsis, bamboo and candelabra primulas are reflected in dark pools, and sculpture lurks in unexpected places scattered through the garden. Major Meconopsis and fern collections of more than 2,000 trees have been planted over 20 years and the water gardens stretch out along the drive, highlighted by spectacular plantings of Gunnera, Meconopsis and Himalayan primrose.

A wide variety of rhododendrons are scattered throughout, some more than 100 years old – the rhododendron dell is a must-see. Visitors will also find a Japanese garden with raked gravel, cloud-pruned hedges, dwarf conifers and Japanese maples.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Bluebells
  • Conifers
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Daffodils
  • Ferns
  • Fuchsias
  • Hellebores
  • Hemerocallis
  • Hostas
  • Laburnum
  • Meconopsis
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Sweet peas
  • Vegetables
  • Waterlilies
  • Wisteria

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.