DUNTREATH Castle, just north of Blanefield, will be opening its gates to the public from June 15-17 to host Scotland’s largest charity garden show.
Set against the backdrop of the Campsie Hills, Duntreath Castle is the home of Sir Archie and Lady Edmonstone.
The gardens, which feature 20 acres of lawns, with herbaceous borders, ornamental lakes, a waterfall and bog gardens, will have 70 stalls and a variety of events over the three days, including a pre-show gala evening, a youth competition and talks from celebrities such as the BBC’s gardening presenter Steve Brookes.
Before the show gets underway a gala preview, sponsored by Brewin Dolphin, will see around 600 people being entertained on the Friday evening by the Band of the Royal Marines Scotland over drinks and canapés.
The Lord Lieutenant of Stirling and Falkirk, Mrs Marjory McLachlan, will be taking the salute.
Angus Kerr, divisional director at Brewin Dolphin, said: “The event gives members of the public the rare opportunity to see the wonderful gardens at Duntreath.
“We are delighted to sponsor the pre-show gala evening, with the proceeds going to a variety of very worthy causes.”
The main show will open on Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 6pm. Money raised will go towards a range of charities, including Erskine Hospital, Scotland’s Gardens, Canine Partners, Artlink Central, The Scottish Association of Floral Art Societies (SAFAS) and Glasgow Rotary charities.
Show organiser Nigel Dyson said: “With a floral art show by SAFAS, over 70 gardening and gift stalls, hot and cold food stands, the famous Camphill ladies serving afternoon tea, gardening talks and cookery demonstrations, there’s something to suit all ages.
“Steve Brookes will be giving an insightful and amusing talk on ‘The Greatest Gardening Tips in the World’ and rhododendron expert Willie Campbell will also be giving talks.
“There will be a falconry display, a demonstration beehive and a vast array of plants for sale.”
Those under 15 years of age are encouraged to enter the ‘Grow Your Olympic Dream’ container competition, sponsored by Dobbies Garden Centres, with the opportunity to win trophies and a range of prizes.
Young people entering the competition will get to meet the author of ‘The Gruffalo’, Julia Donaldson, when they drop their entries off for judging on Friday afternoon.
Tickets for the gala preview evening will cost a minimum donation of £15 each. Group tickets for the weekend show are available in advance at just £5 each for groups of 10 or more. Tickets on the gate will be £8 each with children under 15 free.
For more details visit the website www.duntreathgardenshow.co.uk or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org