Dawyck Botanic Garden
March and October: 10.00am - 5.00pm
April to September: 10.00am - 6.00pm
Stobo, United Kingdom
Dawyck Botanic Garden, formerly part of the Dawyck Estate, is one of the world’s finest arboreta and has a magic all of its own. Set in the scenic Borders landscape, this woodland garden is a delight all year round.
One of the most photographed parts of the Garden is the Azalea Terrace, which in late spring greets the visitor with an outstanding display of colour.
The Dutch Bridge is the Garden’s defining landmark. To the left is the Kalopanax, a tree member of the ivy family, opposite what is believed to be one of the original Douglas firs at Dawyck. Upstream are the falls of Scrape Burn which is flanked by a cascade of snowdrops in spring.
Dynamo Pond, restored in 1983, is a reminder of the days when water was piped downhill to generate electricity for Dawyck House. A grand old larch (Larix decidua) that grows here is one of the oldest in the Garden.
An urn stands behind the trunk of a Sierra Redwood; adjacent rhododendrons provide late spring colour.
A must for visitors is the Beech Walk, another Dawyck landmark which turns from fresh green in spring to rich brown in autumn. Just before the end of the Walk there is a fine view of Dawyck House with Trahenna Hill in the distance.
One of the charming features at Dawyck is the presence of Italian stonework linking garden terraces and woodland paths. It was commissioned by Sir John Naesmith, a former owner of the Garden. He is also responsible for the ornamental urns which are another eye-catching addition.
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh was established in 1670 and during the 20th century acquired three Regional Gardens – the mountainous Benmore in Argyll; Dawyck in the wooded hills of the Scottish Borders and Logan on the Gulf Stream-warmed southern peninsula of Dumfries & Galloway.
Together they represent one of the world’s largest living collections of plants.