SGS Fife Spring Trail 2018

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Running over the Spring this year in April and May, the Fife Gardeners are offering an opportunity to visit 12 privately owned gardens across Central and East Fife. This offers a very flexible way to keep up your weekly dose of beautiful gardens, and excellent value for money. Fife can look quite bleak in March, with brown arable fields and fringed by a cold North Sea, but by April, the countryside is starting to burst into verdant colours, and our gardens are also starting to bloom. A wide variety of gardens is on offer, from bluebell and daffodil woodlands, through natural style plantings of rhododendrons and other spring flowering shrubs, to more formal garden settings in some of Fife’s most notable gardens, large and small.

A ticket for the Fife Spring Trail makes a perfect gift – and do treat yourself as well!

60% of the money raised for this trail will be donated:

RHET Fife Countryside Initiative

Riding for the Disabled: to be earmarked for Fife

The net remaining is designated for SGS beneficiaries, including The Queen’s Nursing Institute of Scotland, Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres, Perennial and the Garden Fund for the National Trust for Scotland.

Cambo Plant Fair, Kingsbarns, KY16 8QD, Trustees of Cambo Heritage Trust, 01333 451040, mail@camboheritagetrust.org.uk

Open: Sunday 15 April, 11:30am - 3:30 pm

Invited nurseries will join Cambo to provide a wide range of rare and interesting plants. There will also be a Scotland’s Garden Scheme Fife plant stall, with plants propagated from local gardens. A great day out for the family. Children's activities, daffodil meadow, walled garden and woodland walk to the sandy beach. Tearoom in recently restored Georgian Stables.

Directions: A917 between Crail and St Andrews.

Full wheelchair access, dogs on leads welcome, accessible by public transport, homemade teas, plants for sale, children’s activities

Craigfoodie, Dairsie, KY15 4RU, Mr & Mrs Murray, 01334 870291

Open: Wednesdays: 11 April and 16, 23 May, 10:00am – 4:00pm

There has been a house at Craigfoodie since the 1680s and the Murrays have inherited a rich tapestry of snowdrops, aconites, daffodils, primroses, scillas and rhododendrons. To these they have added fritillaries, erythroniums, brunneras, tulips, crocuses, trilliums and many other interesting plants and shrubs to welcome the spring.

Visitors will enjoy the woodland garden, fine walled garden with its raised terraces and a stroll round the Knoll.

Directions: On A91 from Cupar to St Andrews turn left at Dairsie School then follow signs.

Partial wheelchair access, dogs on leads welcome

Crail Gardens

2 Castle Street, Crail, KY10 3SQ Mrs Jeni Auchinleck, 01333 450538

17 Marketgate, Crail, KY19 3TL Mrs Kathleen Main, 01333 450284

Open: Tuesdays: 10, 17, 24 April and 1 May, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

A mature and romantic courtyard garden stuffed with a huge variety of spring bulbs, and flowering shrubs at Marketgate. The Castle Street garden is renowned for its spectacular echiums, already reaching for the sky in May, and taking full advantage of Crail's coastal climate.

Directions: Bus to Crail

Partial wheelchair access, accessible by public transport

Kenlygreen House, Boarhills, St Andrews KY16 8PT, Mr & Mrs John Kilgour, 01334 880303

Open: Tuesdays: 17, 24 April and 1 May, 10:00am – 1:00pm

This A listed house has a wonderful setting next to the Kenly Burn, with carpets of bluebells complimenting the wide variety of mature specimen trees, including Acers, Nothofagus and Metasequoia. Formal gardens and a terrace surround the home.

Directions: Between Boarhills and Kingsbarns on A917. St Andrews to Crail bus.

Partial wheelchair access, accessible by public transport

Myres Castle, Auchtermuchty, KY14 7EW, Henry & Amanda Barge, 01337 828350, enquiries@myrecastle.co.uk

Open: Thursdays: 12, 19, 26 April and 3 May, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Formal walled gardens reflecting the style of the Vatican Gardens in Rome, acknowledging the former owners' papal connections. Gardens include a lily pond, cherry tree avenue and walk, topiary, rhododendrons and bluebell woods.

Directions: On the B936, off the A91. Bus to Auchtermuchty.

Full wheelchair access, accessible by public transport

South Flisk, Blebo Craigs, Cupar, KY15 5UQ, Mr & Mrs George Young

Open: Thursdays: 12, 19, 26 April and 3 May, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

A flooded former quarry forms the centrepiece of the enchanting three acre garden at South Flisk. There are spectacular views of north Fife and beyond. Boulders, cliffs and the many big, mature trees form a backdrop for all manner of spring bulbs, rhododendrons, magnolias, azaleas, and carpets of colourful primulas while the woodland area sports meconopsis, trilliums, podophyllums and some beautiful hellebores. At the front of the house (a former smiddy) is a charming, mature walled garden with traditional cottage garden planting.

Directions: Six miles west of St Andrews off the B939 between Strathkinness and Pitscottie. There is a small stone bus shelter opposite the road into the village and a small sign saying Blebo Craigs. Bus to Blebo Craigs.

Partial wheelchair access, accessible by public transport

Straiton Farmhouse, Straiton Farm, Balmullo KY16 0BN, Mrs Barbara Pickard, 01334 870203, bmpickard@clara.co.uk

Open: Wednesdays: 11 April and 16, 23 May, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

A profusion of spring bulbs and unusual flowering shrubs and clematis inter-planted with well established borders in this delightful, walled farmhouse garden. Some of the more unusual shrubs include Grevillea, Cornus, Teucrium, Crinodendron and Piptanthus.

Directions: From Cupar enter Balmullo via A914 from Dairsie, pass the tel box and shop, leave the village and take the second exit left on a sharp right hand bend. From Dundee approach Balmullo on A914, go under the railway bridge and take the second right, signposted Lucklawhill. At the T junction, turn right and follow road straight on past the telephone box and down the hill to the farm visible in the distance. If using a sat nav please ignore if directions are given to Logie and down the quarry road as it is disused and unsafe. You should approach Straiton from the St Michaels, Balmullo Road which will be well signposted.

Full wheelchair access, dogs on leads welcome

The Murrel, Aberdour, KY3 0RN, Mr & Mrs AJ Bowen, 01383 860156

Open: Wednesdays: 11, 18, 25 April, 2:30pm – 4:30pm

An historically important garden, the wonderful planting compliments the 1908 house, and is included by Jekyll in her book Gardens for Small Country Houses. The south facing walled garden, with two terraces, contains many tender plants, shrub, peony and herbaceous borders, two rockeries and a courtyard garden. Beyond is a burn with moisture loving plants, a woodland garden and meadow with spring bulbs, and a picturesque glen.

Directions: B9157 one mile north of Aberdour

No wheelchair access, accessible by public transport

The Tower, 1 Northview Terrace, Wormit, DD6 8PP, Peter & Angela Davey, 01382 541635, 07768 406946, adavey541@btinternet.com

Open: Thursdays: 19, 26 April and 3, 10 May, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Situated four miles south of Dundee, this one acre Edwardian landscaped garden has panoramic views over the River Tay. Set on a hill, a series of paths meander round ponds and a small stream, rockeries featuring hellebores and low-level planting, a curved lawn and larger borders. Original woodland paths lead to a granite grotto with waterfall pool. At the rear of the house the vegetable garden features raised beds made from granite sets. We have recently removed rhododendrons to create more space for seating and flower beds.

Directions: From B946 park on Naughton Road outside Spar shop and walk up path left following signs. Bus to Wormit.

No wheelchair access, accessible by public transport

Wemyss Castle, Coaltown of Wemyss, KY1 4TE, Mr & Mrs Michael Wemyss, Wemyss Estates Trustees, 01592 652181, wemyss.gardens@gmail.com

Open: Wednesdays: 11, 18, 25 April, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

The gardens comprise a spring woodland garden of some 15 acres with a very fine display of Erythronium revolutum followed by bluebells and narcissi. Since 1994 the contiguous redundant six acre walled garden has been substantially overhauled and redesigned by Michael and Charlotte Wemyss with completely new planting and landscaping concentrating in particular on clematis, roses and ornamental trees. The walled garden’s east brick wall, clothed in numerous Clematis montana varieties is one of the most wonderful sights of spring.

Directions: In village of Coaltown of Wemyss (A955 3 miles east of Kirkcaldy). Drive entrance opposite bowling green, ½ mile down drive bear left at fork and follow drive through stable yard, parking in field on right approximately 200 yards after stable yard.

Full wheelchair access, dogs on leads welcome, accessible by public transport

Wormistoune, Crail, KY10 3XH, Baron & Lady Wormiston, 07905 938449, ktaylor.home@googlemail.com

Open: Tuesdays: 10, 17, 24 April and 1 May, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

The 17th century tower house and gardens have been painstakingly restored over the last 20 years. The walled garden is a series of 'rooms', including a wildlife meadow spangled with fritillaries, cowslips and primroses, productive potager, magical Griselinia garden, wildlife ponds and rill, and recently planted mid and late season perennial borders. Outside the walled garden, enjoy woodland walks around the newly re-landscaped lochan, and newly established nuttery, which will be bursting into leaf in the spring.

Directions: One mile north of Crail on the A917 Crail to St Andrews road. Crail/St Andrews bus.

Partial wheelchair access, dogs on leads welcome, accessible by public transport


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

For general questions about purchassing tickets, please contact our office at 0131 226 3714 or info@scotlansgardens.org. For more detailed questions about the gardens, please contact our Fife District volunteers at fife@scotlandsgardens.org.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, please bring your ticket with you when visiting the gadrens.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Your ticket is transferrable, anyone can use it. Though we ask, as we are raising money for charity, that tickets not be shared. Thus the name on your ticket need not match the person who attends.

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