Published: 17/03/2017 10:00 - Updated: 16/03/2017 14:42

Delight as Wester Ross garden is hailed as best in Britain

Written byHector MacKenzie

The walled garden at Inverewe on the shore of Loch Ewe
The walled garden at Inverewe on the shore of Loch Ewe

IT’S official: Ross-shire can boast the best garden in the country!

The National Trust for Scotland Inverewe Garden in Wester Ross was this week named UK Garden of the Year in the prestigious BBC Countryfile Magazine awards.

The sub-tropical NTS garden on the shores of Loch Ewe beat five other finalists to the top accolade.

The BBC Countryfile awards are a celebration of the British countryside and its people and the Garden of the Year category nominations were put forward by Gardeners World presenter, Jo Swift.

A delighted property manager, Kevin Frediani, gave credit to his dedicated team. He said: “We have an excellent and dedicated team at Inverewe who work hard to make the garden the brilliant visitor experience that it is. This wonderful accolade is testament to the team’s achievement in delivering a world class quality product. To be named as the best in the UK is such great recognition and the chief executive, Simon Skinner, and all my fellow NTS colleagues have sent their congratulations to the Inverewe team.”

He added: ““We want to thank all those that voted for us from across the world – our wonderful local community, those from around Wester Ross, across Scotland, the rest of the UK and abroad. We are totally delighted with this show of global support and thank each and every one of them, and look forward to welcoming them to Inverewe this season and into the future – it is a very exciting time for us all!”

Inverewe will be launching the 2017 season on Saturday with the opening exhibition in the newly opened Sawyer Gallery at Inverewe House by artist in residence, Lynn Bennett-Mackenzie.

The season has a full events programme ranging from gloriously colourful Rhododendron and Erythornium Festivals in April and May, followed by a range of fascinating festivals, walks, talks and workshops on a range of topics including archaeology and travel film festivals. The garden puts on one of Britain’s best displays of the beautiful woodland erythronium flower – commonly known as the dogtooth violet – which is well on its way to its Easter appearance.

In mid-April the flowering of erythronium revolutum creates a unique experience – the dainty bell-shaped flowers are rarely if ever seen in the UK in such profusion as they are at Inverewe.

And to make sure its beauty is shown to perfection, the team at the National Trust for Scotland’s world-class garden has organised the first Inverewe Erythronium Festival, running over Easter Week – from April 17 to 23.

Planned by head gardener, Kevin Ball, and Laurie Daguin, one of his gardening team, they say the week-long event is packed with excitement.

Said Kevin: “You will have a chance to see the wonderful spectacle of the dogtooth violets which cloth the woodland garden floor.

“The garden team will be on hand to guide you to the best flowering spots and answer any questions you may have.”

He continued: “There will be talks and guided walks by leading horticultural specialists, an exhibition of botanical illustrations at our Sawyer Gallery at Inverewe House and a three-day workshop to learn the skills of botanical painting from two accomplished botanical illustrators from the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh.”

Also planned is an Erythronium Gala Dinner at Osgood’s Restaurant, where visitors will have the chance to meet national experts.

More details about the festival and a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt (April 14 to 16) at www.nts.org.uk

InvereweIT’S official: Ross-shire can boast the best garden in the country!

The National Trust for Scotland Inverewe Garden in Wester Ross was this week named UK Garden of the Year in the prestigious BBC Countryfile Magazine awards.

The sub-tropical NTS garden on the shores of Loch Ewe beat five other finalists to the top accolade.

The BBC Countryfile awards are a celebration of the British countryside and its people and the Garden of the Year category nominations were put forward by Gardeners World presenter, Jo Swift.

A delighted property manager, Kevin Frediani, gave credit to his dedicated team. He said: “We have an excellent and dedicated team at Inverewe who work hard to make the garden the brilliant visitor experience that it is. This wonderful accolade is testament to the team’s achievement in delivering a world class quality product. To be named as the best in the UK is such great recognition and the chief executive, Simon Skinner, and all my fellow NTS colleagues have sent their congratulations to the Inverewe team.”

He added: ““We want to thank all those that voted for us from across the world – our wonderful local community, those from around Wester Ross, across Scotland, the rest of the UK and abroad. We are totally delighted with this show of global support and thank each and every one of them, and look forward to welcoming them to Inverewe this season and into the future – it is a very exciting time for us all!”

Inverewe will be launching the 2017 season on Saturday with the opening exhibition in the newly opened Sawyer Gallery at Inverewe House by artist in residence, Lynn Bennett-Mackenzie.

The season has a full events programme ranging from gloriously colourful Rhododendron and Erythornium Festivals in April and May, followed by a range of fascinating festivals, walks, talks and workshops on a range of topics including archaeology and travel film festivals. The garden puts on one of Britain’s best displays of the beautiful woodland erythronium flower – commonly known as the dogtooth violet – which is well on its way to its Easter appearance.

In mid-April the flowering of erythronium revolutum creates a unique experience – the dainty bell-shaped flowers are rarely if ever seen in the UK in such profusion as they are at Inverewe.

And to make sure its beauty is shown to perfection, the team at the National Trust for Scotland’s world-class garden has organised the first Inverewe Erythronium Festival, running over Easter Week – from April 17 to 23.

Planned by head gardener, Kevin Ball, and Laurie Daguin, one of his gardening team, they say the week-long event is packed with excitement.

Said Kevin: “You will have a chance to see the wonderful spectacle of the dogtooth violets which cloth the woodland garden floor.

“The garden team will be on hand to guide you to the best flowering spots and answer any questions you may have.”

He continued: “There will be talks and guided walks by leading horticultural specialists, an exhibition of botanical illustrations at our Sawyer Gallery at Inverewe House and a three-day workshop to learn the skills of botanical painting from two accomplished botanical illustrators from the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh.”

Also planned is an Erythronium Gala Dinner at Osgood’s Restaurant, where visitors will have the chance to meet national experts.

More details about the festival and a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt (April 14 to 16) at www.nts.org.uk/Inverewe

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