Dawyck re-opens with woodland garden art exhibition

jane murray bluebells
jane murray bluebells

DAWYCK Botanic Garden in Peeblesshire re-opened for the season last Friday.

And an exhibition of floral art by Northumberland artist Jane Murray launched the new season at the gardens near Stobo. A Woodland Garden’ in The Studio features pieces by the artist which have been inspired from Dawyck.

Meanwhile garden curator, Graham Stewart and his team were busy over the winter.

Regulars will notice garden plants have been thinned and reduced to restore views in Scrape Glen towards the garden’s iconic Dutch Bridge.

Gardeners have put in new plants to the Azalea Terrace to restore an area damaged in last year’s January storms.

Staff have also realigned the path along the Rhododendron Walk, and many more wild-collected trees and shrubs have been added to the garden.

Mr Stewart said: “Our closed season over the winter months gives us the chance to do major work in the garden. It means we can carry out work to paths and planted areas without compromising the visitor experience. “

Dawyck is taking part in Scotland’s snowdrop festival which runs from last Saturday until March 17.

The best place to spot snowdrops in the gardens is along the banks of the Scrape Burn, said the gardeners.

Dawyck is one of three gardens in Scotland which are outstations of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, a scientific research institution renowned for its expertise in the study of plants and their diversity and which operates field stations around the world and has specialists working in more than 40 countries.

Entry to the exhibition which runs until Sunday April 28 is free.