Gladstone’s Land Lecture Series: Gardening on the Edge

This lecture by Simon Joneson on 6th February explores historic gardens on the west coast of Scotland and some of the issues they face to balance the needs of history, heritage and modernity.

Gladstone’s Land Lecture Series: Gardening on the Edge

About Gladstone’s Land Lecture Series: Gardening on the Edge

Gardening on the Edge: Historic Gardens on the West Coast of Scotland

The west coast of Scotland is ruggedly beautiful, sparsely populated, and buffeted by Atlantic gales, but also touched by the Gulf Stream. There, among the rocks and barren soil, are some of the most beautiful gardens in the world, where visionary gardeners have created landscapes of extraordinary natural beauty containing both native and subtropical plants. The Scots and English were intrepid plant hunters and these gardens have many unusual species from as far away as the Himalayas, Burma, China and America. Simon Jones, Gardens and Designed Landscapes Manager of the west coast of Scotland for the National Trust for Scotland, will focus on three of the Trust’s coastal gardens; Inverewe, Arduaine and Brodick

Besides taking us on a tour of these glorious gardens, Simon will explore some of the issues they face to balance the needs of history, heritage and modernity. What inspired the original creators of the designed landscapes? How do the gardeners of the National Trust for Scotland adapt to a changing climate, as well as the biosecurity obstacles generated by the modern-day movement of plants and people? What does the future hold for these collections of historic landscape plants?

During the renovation work at Gladstone's Land, the Gladstone's Land Lecture Series will be taking place at the Georgian House.

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