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PITMEDDEN GARDEN

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Ellon
Aberdeenshire
AB41 7PD

1 mile west of Pitmedden on A920.

7 acres

Tel
01651 842296

Visit website

Opening Hours

10.30am–4pm, 4 Apr–31 Oct.

Admission

Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies when open.

Facilities

  • Assistance dogs only
  • Accessible facilities
  • Accessible garden
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets

Features

  • Autumn colour
  • Champion trees
  • Colour themed borders
  • Herbaceous border
  • Mediterranean/Italian garden
  • Wildlife planting and features
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
The National Trust for Scotland

The Great Garden dates back to 1675. Brilliant design and meticulous maintenance gives Pitmedden Garden its unique, highly formal charm. With almost six miles of clipped hedging, the parterres at the heart of the garden are a masterpiece of intricate patterns that house 30,000 annual bedding plants to provide sparkling summer colours. 

Centuries old trained apple trees line the walls and herbaceous borders add long seasonal charm. New for 2021 was the re-interpreted ‘floristic meadow’ parterres. Working with the landscape architect Chris Beardshaw, we’ve reinterpreted the classic parterre garden for today’s world. 

Originally owned by Sir Alexander Seton, the garden and estate were passed down the generations until the Keiths bought it circa 1894. In 1952, champion agriculturalist Major James Keith, CBE, bequeathed it to the National Trust for Scotland. Upon acceptance of the garden, the Trust began the daunting task of re-creating the historic design, drawing inspiration from Gordon of Rothiemay’s parterre designs found in Holyroodhouse Palace archives.

Historic features such as the 24 faceted sundial and ancient yew trees stand aside newer features such as an orchard planted in 2014 to the south of the walled garden. The museum of farming life containing historic machinery and tools of the farming trade as well as the smiddy, farmhouse and stables all contribute to the ties that link agriculture and horticulture at this historic property. 

The herb garden, potager, pleached lime and hornbeam trees as well as sculptures by artist John Maine R.A all add to Pitmedden Garden’s rich tapestry.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Asters
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Begonias
  • Bluebells
  • Clematis
  • Conifers
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Fuchsias
  • Grasses
  • Hellebores
  • Herbs
  • Hostas
  • Lavender
  • Lilies
  • Maple
  • Meconopsis
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Spring bulbs
  • Sweet peas
  • Topiary
  • Vegetables

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.