Logie House originates from the seventeenth century since when it has evolved and grown. Similarly the garden has changed over the centuries. In the early twentieth century there was a formal flower garden with a small private golf course on the big lawn and on the slopes down towards the river. Until 1991 the traditional walled garden had a large area for vegetable growing, many formal clipped hedges of yew and box, small lawns, large herbaceous borders and annual planting. Most of what you see now has been planted since then when the decision was made to grow more shrubs, trees and perennials with year-round interest. Local designer and plantsman, Gavin Dallmeyer, led this first phase and was also very instrumental in Phase 2 which started in 2010 when the decision was made to make the garden more of a woodland garden. The burn was opened up and the woodland planting was extended into a larger area allowing for the introduction of many interesting and unusual plants into different ares to suit their preferences. Ewen Manson built the drystane walls and bridges, and Ronald Grant of Gervally moved tons of earth and stone: starting with his huge machinery and ending up with a small rake for precision.
Every year new plants are sourced and trialed in the garden. If and when they prove their worth many of them are then propagated for sale in the Farm & Garden Shop
As members of the Hardy Plant Society we are able to benefit from the extensive seed list from which we have grown many unusual plants. The Hardy Plant Society has members all over the world - for Scottish members there is a very active Northern Group which arranges talks and visits throughout the year, as well as producing interesting publications - it is well worth being a member.
Plant Heritage (also known as the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens) work hard to protect and conserve, grow, propagate, document and make available the amazing resource of garden plants that exists in the UK. The main conservation vehicle is the National Plant Collections whereby individuals or organisations undertake to document, develop and preserve a comprehensive collection of one group of plants in trust for the future. Most of the collections are based around a related group, for example a collection of oaks or daffodils. This allows the scheme to develop systematic coverage of cultivated plants in the United Kingdom. Plant Heritage has local Groups who run activities and events for members across the country: see Grampian and Tayside for more information. Another organisation it is worth joining!
I do hope you will enjoy exploring the garden and find plenty to see throughout the year - Panny Laing
Logie House Gardens have now been accepted as one of Britain's Finest - alongside lots of other exciting places. check out their website and, if you have enjoyed a visit to the gardens do please write a recommendation on our page!!