Mertoun to feature on Beechgrove

MERTOUN Estates features in a gardening television show tonight.

The 26 acre garden near St Boswells is the subject of the Through the Garden Gate feature in Beechgrove Garden on BBC2 Scotland at 7.30pm.

Presenter George Anderson talks to Mertoun Estate’s head gardener Rupert Norris as he tours the Duke and Duchess of Sutherland’s wider garden, walled garden and arboretum.

“The Through the Garden Gate feature has been running for a lot of years – they like to visit good real gardens that viewers are able to take something away from, “ said Mr Norris.

Viewers will see scented azaleas in front of Mertoun House, grown and planted by former head gardener Alfred Breed who worked there for 40 years, cherry trees, the 1567 dovecot – said to be the oldest complete dovecot in Scotland if not the UK – wild flowers lining the Maidenhall Burn and the estate’s three acre walled garden complete with peach and quince trees.