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SCONE PALACE GARDENS & GROUNDS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Perth
Perth and Kinross
PH2 6BD

Signed from A93, 1.5 miles north of Perth.

100 acres

Tel
01738 552300

Visit website

Opening Hours

10am–5pm, 1 Feb–31 Oct.

Admission

Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

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

Facilities

  • Accessible facilities
  • Accessible garden
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children’s play area
  • Children's activities
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets

Features

  • Arboretum
  • Autumn colour
  • Champion trees
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
Lord and Lady Mansfield

Scone Palace lies in the heart of Perthshire and is surrounded by more than 100 acres of glorious grounds filled with magnificent trees, which are under planted with pockets of gardens in a tranquil woodland setting. One of the finest specimens is a sycamore tree that was planted by King James VI of Scotland 400 years ago – another link with Scone’s historic past as the Crowning Place of the Scottish Kings. The floor below these splendid trees is the first to spring to life when snowdrops and daffodils welcome in the new season. These displays line the three walks which take visitors around the gardens and grounds where the highlight is the multitude of daffodils planted on the old Monks Playgreen.

This is also home to the Murray Star Maze, designed by the renowned Adrian Fisher in which more than 1,000 beech and 1,000 copper beech trees have been planted to create a maze with a unique tartan effect. Under the canopies of the trees grow the rhododendrons, which light up the gardens with a colourful, late spring display. Accompanied by laburnum and Philadelphus weigelas are the perfect backdrop to the herbaceous perennials growing in the mixed borders of the Flower Garden.

Plant hunter David Douglas was born in Scone and a specimen of his most famous introduction, ‘The Douglas Fir’, which was grown from seed collected by him, stands proudly in the grounds. A pavilion celebrating his work is also start to ‘The Douglas Trail’, which leads around the grounds and highlights modern-day cultivars of the trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals.

Plants of special interest

  • Bluebells
  • Clematis
  • Conifers
  • Daffodils
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Hostas
  • Laburnum
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Snowdrops
  • Sweet peas
  • Vegetables
  • Wildflowers

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.