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Kev & Gwen April 2011

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Wildflowers and Gardens

Our lovely wildflowers and glorious gardens in full summer bloom.

Summary

Exquisite private gardens and myriad wild flowers. Led by Aigas rangers and with guest leadership by Lucy Lister-Kaye and local garden and wildflowers experts Sue Pomeroy and Lesley Cranna, this gentle walking and exploring programme takes you across the Highlands through wonderful private and public gardens and to glades of rare wildflowers. It will delight wildflower and gardening enthusiasts alike.
 

Northern Marsh Orchid

We enjoy guest leadership from Lady Lister-Kaye and two special ladies:-
  • Lesley Cranna worked as a senior manager for Scottish Natural Heritage, with many years experience in the conservation and land-use of the Highlands and Islands. 
  • Sue Pomeroy is an enthusiastic and experienced gardens leader, who - with her husband Will - has created a remarkable prairie garden beside the sea at Dundonnell, which we will visit. (Her husband is the head gardener at Dundonnell House, which we will also visit.)

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • Introduction to the Aigas garden with its creator, Lucy Lister-Kaye.
  • Exploration of a local glen looking for northern marsh, heath spotted and fragrant orchids, clubmoss, yellow pimpernel, dwarf cornel, the insectivorous butterwort and sundews.
  • Twin FlowerA day and a night on the west coast includes the famous Inverewe Gardens and a visit to the private House of Gruinard and its fabulous informal garden. After an overnight stay in Dundonnell Hotel we visit Dundonnell House and gardens, the Highland home of Lady Rice.
  • On the way home we stop at the jaw-dropping Corrieshalloch Gorge and take a short stroll along the verdant shores of Loch Kinellan.
  • Nature reserves on the east coast looking for one-flowered wintergreen and twin-flower and a visit to Coul Links, an extensive 
  • dune complex where over 200 species of vascular plants have been recorded, including a number of rare species. 
  • Train trip to Attadale Gardens' private stop on the west coast. An exquisite private garden of magnificent specimen trees, sculpture grottos, a fernery and water features.
 
 

Wood Cranesbill

All Inclusive

All Aigas based holidays are all inclusive and no single supplement is charged. Read more here.


In Requiem

Gavin DallmeyerGavin Dallmeyer, who led our Wildflowers and Gardens groups through Highland gardens for some years, and who has been a life long friend of Aigas and the Lister-Kaye family, passed away on 11 August 2014. Gavin was a polymath with a profound knowledge of a wide range of subjects, from astrology to geology. However, his passion was gardens. He created his own garden from the ground up and was enormously knowledgable about gardens throughout the Highlands.

Gavin fought cancer stoically for some time before his death. His final act was to construct his own coffin. Gavin will be sadly missed and fondly remembered. 

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