SGS Fife Spring Trail 2019

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With gardens open on weekdays, from the 16th April – 3rd May, the Fife Spring Trail is a treat for any garden lover. It’s a unique opportunity to visit some of Fife’s most spectacular privately-owned gardens.

The Fife Spring Trail kicks off with the Spring Cambo Plant Fair, a family-friendly day out with a wide range of plants on sale from a selection of local nurseries. There is a wide variety of gardens open, from 17th-century historic-terraced gardens with stunning views (Balcaskie), to a thriving community garden complete with woodland, orchard, allotment plots and a Primary School garden (Strathkinness). From rhododendrons to spring bulbs, trilliums to orchards, these gardens show case an inspirational mix of the best that spring has to offer.

Pittenweem KY10 2RE
The Anstruther Family
T: Head Gardener Duncan Travers - 07738 933033

Open 19, 26 April & 3 May, 1pm-4pm

Balcaskie House and Gardens were originally designed by Sir William Bruce in the late 17th century. The three terraces below the house currently undergoing restoration are aligned on The Bass Rock and offer wonderful vistas of the Firth of Forth. Spring sees the mature rhododendrons and magnolias looking grand in the American Garden. Sweeps of spring bulbs including three cornered leeks and spring snowflakes in the surrounding woodlands come to life.
Directions: SatNav post code KY10 2RE or follow the brown signs to Kellie Castle - the entrance to Balcaskie is almost opposite. Take the road into Commielaw Farm, which leads onto the north drive of Balcaskie. As there are no passing places on the drive, the exit will be via the east gate which will take you into Pittenweem.
Partial wheelchair access

Kingsbarns KY16 8QD
Trustees of Cambo Heritage Trust
T: 01333 451040 cambo@camboestate.com

Open 14 April, noon – 3pm

Invited nurseries will join Cambo to provide a wide range of rare and interesting plants. A great day out for the family. Children’s activities, daffodil meadow, walled garden and woodland walk to the sandy beach. Enjoy the exhibitions and Nosebag Cafe in the recently restored Georgian Stables, which make up the Cambo Visitor Centre.
Directions: A917 between Crail and St Andrews.
Homemade teas, children’s activities, full wheelchair access, dogs welcome on leads, accessible by public transportation

Mill Road, Craigrothie KY15 5PZ
Mr Ian Douglas
T: 01334 828 423

Open 18, 25 April & 2 May, 1pm-4pm

This plantsman’s garden consists mainly of plants from the mountain and forest areas of the Northern Hemisphere. The main collections are rhododendron, sorbus, trillium, meconopsis and conifers. It also includes a number of endangered species from the Southern Hemisphere.
Directions: Just off the A916 in the centre of Craigrothie.
Partial wheelchair access

Saline KY12 9TS
T: 01383 852737 E: gill@i-comment360.com

Open 17, 24 April & 1 May, 2pm-5pm

Kirkland’s garden is bursting into life. The rockery is chocolate box bright with hundreds of miniature flowering bulbs and many dwarf rhododendrons in flower. In the woodland the hellebores, wood anemones, daffodils and snakehead fritillaries are competing with each other to put on the brightest display.
Directions: Junction 4, M90, then B914. Parking in the centre of the village, then a short walk to the garden. Limited disabled parking at Kirklands.
Partial wheelchair access, dogs welcome on leads

21 Main Street, Ceres KY15 5NA
Gavin and Sarah Anderson
T: 01334 829289

Open 1 May only, 2pm-5pm

This is a garden undergoing gradual re-development. It is probably accurate to describe it at the moment as a plantsman’s garden specialising in trilliums, erythroniums, glaucidiums and hellebores and other acid loving plants. Depending on the season, clematis also features prominently.
Directions: Just along from the Spar shop, and on the opposite side of the road.

Bonfield Road KY16 9RR
Strathkinness Community Trust
T: 01334 850649

Open 16, 23, 30 April, 2pm-4pm

This two-acre garden was established in 2011 and consists of the primary school garden, small allotment plots, a polytunnel producing fruit and vegetables throughout the year, habitat planting, herbaceous beds, shrub beds, herb garden, soft fruit cage, and a 50-tree orchard of apples, pears, plums, and quince, some of which should be in blossom. Whilst in the village you may wish to look at the new village green with an interesting-named tree collection and Bishop’s Wood just outside the village now owned and being developed by the Strathkinness Community Trust.
Directions: The Community orchard and Garden is on Bonfield Road, which is accessed off Main Street, Strathkinness.
Partial wheelchair access

near Ceres KY8 5PG
Sir Fraser and Lady Morrison
T: Head Gardener, Craig Cameron - 07966 529205 E:Craig@Teasses.com

Open 19, 26 April & 3 May, 10am – 4pm

The season at Teasses erupts in colour in late April with vibrant tulip blooms punctuating the verdant green of fresh perennials in the walled garden. Meander through our Millennium wood to witness a mass of Spanish bluebells and early flowering rhododendrons. In the open spaces enjoy the lingering blooms of ‘Pheasant Eye’ Narcissus, Narcissus ‘Thalia’ and fragrant Narcissus ‘Bridal Crown’.
Directions: Between Ceres and Largo. Enter by Teasses Estate farm road, half a mile West of Woodside Village.
Partial wheelchair access, dogs welcome on leads

Charities supported
40% net of the proceeds goes to Scotland’s Gardens Scheme’s beneficiary charities. The remainder will be split equally between the Rotary Club of St Andrews’ Arclight Eye Project and East Neuk First Responders.

£25 for entrance to all gardens. Accompanied children free. Pre-sales tickets available only online at Eventbrite. Tickets otherwise available on the day at the gardens, Gardens can also be visited individually for £5.00 each.


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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