Big Plans in the Walled Garden for 2018

January 24, 2018By Jennifer Kelly: AdminBlog, Gardening advice No Comments

January has to be the bleakest month in the walled garden, the days are short and cold and the garden is asleep for the winter; but it can also be one of the most beautiful. A dusting of snow and a glimpse of sunshine reveals the bare bones of the garden; the lovely elm posts we train our trees to, the geometrical shape of the beds and the sweeping curves of the mounds running the length of the western wall all have their own subtle beauty. Most of our wildlife is asleep too, apart from a few friendly robins following us around as we cultivate the beds, the sparrow hawk waiting for unsuspecting blackbirds, and the skeins of geese honking away overhead, using the tower of the Castle to find their way.

Gordon Castle Walled Garden Winter 2017

As gardeners we are as busy as ever, winter is the time for all our construction projects, pruning, cultivation and most importantly of all, planning; and we have big plans for 2018! The project has been going for 5 years now and we’re getting closer and closer to fulfilling Arne Maynard’s vision for the walled garden. Over the winter we have installed another 98 elm posts, all cut from trees on the estate and sawn up on site, and over the next few months we are going to plant another 88 apple trees trained as step over cordons, this year we are concentrating on Scottish varieties. When the project is complete we’ll have over 400 step over apple trees bordering the perimeter paths. We already have 250 mature wall trained fruit trees including apricots, plums, gages, pears, peaches and figs. Our wonderful ancient apricot trees are some of the oldest in Scotland and still produce huge quantities of fruit, not to mention lovely fragrant blossom during April and May.

Hard work at Gordon Castle walled Garden

Our landscape gardeners continue tirelessly laying paths and edges brick by brick. When they’ve finished they’ll have put 48,000 handmade bricks in place and several miles of pathways. We don’t use contractors in the garden, everything is built and maintained by our team of 5 gardeners; the espalier posts, the pear tunnels, all the paths and edges, even the benches in the garden are built from scratch by us, all using locally sourced materials.

The biggest project for 2018 is the planting of a new cherry orchard surrounding the curvaceous architectural mounds on the western side of the garden. As with everything we do here this orchard will be on a grand scale, running the full length of the garden (over 150m) and comprising of both summer fruiting and winter flowering cherries. The trees will provide flowers in the winter and spring, shade in the summer and fiery autumn colour, not to mention masses of sweet cherries for our head chef to work his magic on! Who knows, maybe we’ll make a cherry gin to go with our raspberry and plum liqueurs.

Grass mounds at Gordon Castle Walled Garden in Summer 2017

Our cut flowers proved hugely popular with local florists in 2017, not to mention our visitors, and so we’re adding many more perennial plants to extend the season and give more variety. Peonies, echinacea, anemones, salvias, agapanthus to name just a few, and we’re going to grow roses for the first time in the walled garden, all highly scented, colourful and great for cutting. We’ll start planting the soft fruit garden in the autumn so that next year you can enjoy strawberries, raspberries, red and black currants, blueberries and gooseberries.

Gordon Castle Walled Garden in Summer 2017

We planted another 12,000 spring bulbs last autumn, and plan to plant even more this year, so it’s well worth paying us a visit during the spring months to see our displays of crocus, wood anemone, narcissus and tulips. We’re always trying to make the Walled Garden as beautiful as it is productive.

There’ll be lots of special events this year. We’re hoping to start ‘Plot to Plate’ evenings giving visitors the chance to learn how we grow all our delicious produce and then enjoy a taste of the walled garden with a specially created menu. We’ll be offering the friends of the Walled Garden behind the scenes tours on summer evenings whilst enjoying a G&T. There will be all the usual events as well; our Birthday Party in June, several outdoor theatre productions and the Garden Market in September. We even have plans to buy an apple press so you can bring in your surplus apples and go home with bottles of fresh juice. Like our Facebook page to be kept up to date with events.

Gordon Castle Walled Garden Plum Picking

And of course, we will continue to do what we always do; digging, sowing, planting and harvesting! So please do drop in and enjoy the huge variety of fruit, vegetables, herbs and cut flowers we grow and have a stroll around one of the biggest productive walled gardens in the country.

Fresh produce at Gordon Castle Walled Garden

New Head Gardener Appointed

January 11, 2018By Jennifer Kelly: AdminBlog, Gardening advice 3 Comments

We have lots of exciting things planned for 2018 but none more than to kick start with a new Head Gardener, Ed Bollom. Our previous head gardener John Hawley left us in November for a new life south of the border with his family.

Ed isn’t new to our Scottish oasis, he has been a senior gardener here for several years and has been working hard on our garden project. You may recognise him from some of our YouTube garden tutorials! He is also the man behind many of our amazing photographs.

So, to introduce Ed properly to his new role, here is his first blog post!

For my first garden blog post I thought I’d explain how my horticultural career brought me to Gordon Castle.

I’ve been gardening for almost 15 years now and Gordon Castle is the seventh garden I’ve worked in. My career has taken me all over the country working in historic and botanic gardens, from Osborne House on the Isle of Wight to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. I started my journey studying sustainable horticulture at Cannington college in Somerset, motivated by a love for working outdoors and went on to work in several gardens as part of an apprenticeship scheme run by the Professional Gardener’s Guild.

My real passion has always been for productive gardening; particularly growing fruit and vegetables. As a student I always dreamed of working in a traditional kitchen garden growing plants that would actually be used rather than simply admired!

I learnt the craft of productive gardening as the gardener in charge of the organic walled garden, nursery and orchard for the Prince of Wales at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire.  I spent five fantastic years growing all the fruit, vegetables, cut flowers and herbs for the Prince and his guests. During that time I married my lovely wife Anna and we had our first child Freddie.

Ed Bollom First Blog Post Head Gardener

I first heard about the Walled Garden at Gordon Castle from my father in law, Simon McPhun, who was helping out in the early stages of the project. When Simon first showed me Arnie Maynard’s plans for the garden I thought it was far too ambitious; the kitchen garden at Highgrove was 1 acre and took all of my energy with the help of 2 other gardeners to keep it to a decent standard and here was a project to renovate a walled garden almost eight times the size!

Anna and I were happy in Gloucestershire and very busy as new parents, so we put any ideas of moving out of our minds. But I couldn’t help thinking about the walled garden project and decided that maybe we should just go and have a look at the site. When we got up to Fochabers and looked around the garden (it looked more like a building site at the time) I started to see the potential and that whilst the plans were ambitious Angus and Zara were going to make it work. It is such an unusual project I felt it was too good an opportunity to miss.

Anna, Freddie and I made the move from Gloucestershire to Moray just as we discovered that Anna was pregnant with our daughter Amelie and I started work as deputy head gardener in May 2015.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching the garden develop for the last couple of years, the garden team are fantastic and make it a friendly and productive place to work. I don’t think there is anywhere else in the country doing what we are doing on such a grand scale. Coming into my third season I feel I’m really starting to get to know the garden and hopefully can hit the ground running as Head Gardener.

I love the idea of taking this wonderful historic space and turning it into a functioning productive Garden growing the highest quality produce. Traditionally walled gardens were used to feed the great houses of our country, I like to think of the Walled Garden Project as a modern take on a very old theme. So please keep on following us on our journey, there’s plenty more to come!

Life Changing Foot Balm

January 8, 2018By Jennifer Kelly: AdminBlog, Gifts No Comments

Our Herbal Foot Balm is causing a buzz – new year and soft tootsies seems to be paving the way! This little gem is a moisturising natural foot balm is made in Scotland and contains comfrey and pure essential oils of lavender and rosemary picked straight from the garden.

Part of our Gardeners Essential Beauty range, these are perfect for anyone with tired or sore skin in need of a little TLC. Brimming with natural ingredients and inspiration from Gordon Castle’s Walled Garden, the products are ideal for those seeking the natural healing properties of the garden.

Its natural properties don’t stop there – just take a look at the ingredients. Plus – no artificial fragrances, colours, parabens, glycols, sulphates or petrochemicals in sight!

Gordon Castle Herbal Foot Balm

Ingredients: *helianthus annus (sunflower),~symphytum spp. (comfrey leaf), *prunus dulcis (sweet almond), *cera alba (beeswax), *triticum vulgare (wheatgerm), *lavandula angustifolia (lavender) *rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary), *rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary extract), limonene, linalool (from essential oils).

But you don’t have to take our word for it, have a read of a few reviews below.

“Can’t quite tell you what a life saver this is. I could barely walk my feet were so sore and cracked. The doctor told me it was plantar psoriasis so I was prescribed steroid creams which didn’t work. Then i tried blue light treatment. then onion oil from India, emu oil from Canada and so on – you name it I tried it! Finally I found this and it’s honestly a miracle. After one week (picture below) my feet looked completely different and I wasn’t in pain or itchy constantly. I now use it religiously every evening and go through about one pot a month. I’m not sure what it is about it, maybe the natural ingredients, but my goodness – please don’t ever stop making it!!” Lisa Simons  

Gordon Castle Herbal Foot Balm Results

“I live in Canada and a dear friend gave me this foot balm. I had tried every cream out there for my foot issue and this is the first one that actually has helped. ” Sandra Charron  

Discover the range and pave the way to baby-soft feet for only £8.95.

Gordon Castle Herbal Foot balm

A Very Merry End To 2017

December 22, 2017By Jennifer Kelly: AdminBlog

A Very Merry End To 2017

Christmas has come around all too quickly and the end of the year is always a time for family and reflection. As we look back on our year, there have as always been the highs and the lows of running a business and dealing with the day to day stresses whether personal, financial or physical!

Five years ago we were living in the South, Angus working long hours in London, bringing up seven children between us, and enjoying visiting his parents a few times a year, fishing or staying in Garden cottage with friends. ( the castle was let on a long lease after his grandmother died). If you had told me that as fifty something yr olds we would be running an exclusive use venue, a fishing business, holiday cottages, build a café and visitor attraction garden open to the public 363 days, start up a shop and a products business ( the gin is going down well!) I think we would have just laughed at the impossibility, but here we are! The learning curve has been steep, but we have met amazing people and made many new friends along the way.

There are so many different parts to the Estate and Walled Garden that sometimes we ‘run’ from one thing to another and never seem to have time to stop and take stock of what has been achieved in a relatively short space of time.

Gordon Castle Walled Garden Summer 2017

The Walled Garden
For us the high points were seeing the building of the garden advance yet further. The bountiful  harvest of plums, apricots, apples and pears from our ancient trees and listening to the comments of returning visitors who all said they could see such a difference in the garden from last year. It is hard when you are in the garden every day to see the progress and not focus on all the things we still have to do and improve. So lovely people, thank you! It will give us fresh impetus for planning the coming year. The ‘lows’ were the terrible Summer, horrendous for our vegetables, everyone’s morale and our pumpkins which were puny! Nothing grew except the weeds which were unstoppable. For the café staff waiting to serve on all those lovely outdoor tables, so many wasted weekends, although we were lucky with our outdoor theatres ( except Mikado!) and our birthday weekend and market day were ‘made’ by finally having some good weather. We were so excited to win ‘best food tourism experience’ and it gave everyone on site a huge lift.

Gordon Castle Autumn

The Castle
The re-plumbing and re- wiring and total re-decoration have now faded slightly from our memory as we continue to ‘fill’ the Castle with people from all parts coming to enjoy either the fishing, (not too bad a season), corporate guests wanting to give clients a special experience, some unusual wearing of kilts and plenty of whisky tasting, weddings, we did a lot of weather watching but were able to make use of the newly restored Orangery where we have replaced the roof that had collapsed and had been open to the elements for a decade, and some very happy family celebrations.

We welcomed our first festival ‘refuel 2017’ and despite the weather they are returning next year. We also had the circus and a number of smaller lunches and dinners.

Angus and Zara Gordon Lennox

The Highland Games
This has now become a ‘date’ for the diary both locally and further afield and has grown into a serious part of our year, although this year with Angus struck down with ‘man flu’ for the whole week before it was not our easiest or happiest ‘lead up’ and as the torrential rain fell on Saturday it was a very ‘wet’ low point. However the sun shone for Sunday and 10,000 people came to support the many different competitors and exhibitors which made it all worthwhile for our small team who really put the hours in, and work so hard to make it a success. It is a crazy amount of time spent for one day with so much preparation and planning needed but I think we have all created an event with a really special atmosphere, that is wonderfully supported by our local community and we could not have enjoyed more handing over a cheque to the head of Milnes and look forward to hearing what the pupils have been able to do with it. We have already started planning for next year! May 20th!

Gordon Castle Highland Games 2017

The Gordon Castle luxury branded products continue to grow, our bath and beauty products get rave reviews from the guests in the Castle and we are looking forward to having an amenities range for hotels and  restaurants during the next year.

Gordon Castle Gin Potting Shed

The gin won gold medals from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Brussels and China. It is now found in many independents and some supermarkets  so we hope to build on the success next year. More cider will be made from our apples and pears and hopefully some new products for the shop.

On a personal note I became a grandmother for the first time, to gorgeous ‘Sienna’  which has made me reflect on the miracle of new life whether a baby or rejuvenating the land and look back over the last few years as well as looking forward to all the excitements to come.

Baby Sienna

 

Zara Gordon Lennox Granny

Angus’ youngest son left school and has been working in the Walled Garden office before going to New Zealand in January! A big milestone for us to get them all through some kind of education. The rest are in the South currently and fingers crossed employed.

Geordie and Angus Gordon Lennox

We feel incredibly lucky and very blessed that we live in such a beautiful place. Although the snow is falling as I write, being in the garden after everyone has left on a Summers evening is my ‘happy place’, watching the oystercatchers or red squirrels whilst I weed or mow and watching nature perform miracles through the seasons, from seed to fully grown plant is truly inspiring and makes me feel we can all work together to try and create something that can benefit our planet and protect it for future generations. I hope we can all find time in 2018 to do that which makes us feel happy and more connected with the world around us.

Angus and Zara Gordon Lennox of Gordon Castle

Which only leaves a huge thank you to all our very dedicated and hardworking team without whom none of the above would be possible and to all our visitors, customers and clients for your continued support, we appreciate and value each and everyone one of you. ‘Tis the Season of goodwill, frosty days, warm fires and maybe even a glass or two of our gin or cider, may we  wish you and your families a very happy Christmas and amazing New Year.

Best wishes for 2018,

Angus and Zara

 

Gordon Castle Gin Trio Cocktails

December 19, 2017By Jennifer Kelly: AdminBlog

Festive Gin Delights

Lots of you have purchased our gorgeous Gin Trio Sets which feature miniatures of our three delicious gins, a perfect Christmas stocking filler at just £17.95. So now you have your own Gordon Castle botanical, raspberry and plum gin, what’s the best way to serve them?

Gordon Castle Gin Trio

You could, of course, drink them one by one and savour each and every mouthful… or you could get creative (isn’t that what Christmas is all about?) So the first on our list of festive cocktails is a classic gin bramble. This will involve using two of your miniatures, the botanical and the raspberry.

A Gordon Castle Bramble is a delicious drink which uses two of your gin trio making it the perfect concoction to try.

Start by gathering the following:

60ml Gordon Castle Botanical Gin
30ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice
15ml Gordon Castle Raspberry Gin
15ml Sugar syrup
Fresh Mint

To make this drink you simply add your botanical gin, sugar syrup and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a short glass filled with crushed ice. To finish,  pour over the Raspberry Gin to create a ‘bleeding’ effect down the glass and garnish with the fresh mint. This is a big favourite amongst the Gordon Castle team so we highly recommend you give it a bash.

Gordon Castle Gin Bramble Cocktail

Plum Gin Fizz is an extremely simple and elegant drink, perfect for your Christmas dinner party!

You will need:
25ml Gordon Castle Plum Gin
15ml Lemon juice
15ml Sugar syrup
Champagne

This drink could not be simpler – perfect for less mess and maximum taste! Firstly, pour the Gordon Castle Plum Gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well, strain into a champagne flute and then top with champagne.

Gordon Castle Plum Gin Fizz Cocktail

The Gordon Castle Gin Perfect Serve

You will need:
50ml Gordon Castle Gin
Lemon
Lime
Fresh mint
Premium tonic

Creating the perfect gin and tonic is easy. Simply add the Gordon Castle Gin to a chilled highball glass with ice. Add the tonic water to taste, stir once and then add your lemon, lime and mint to garnish, leaving you with a deliciously fresh drink for everyone to enjoy.

Gordon Castle Gin Perfect Serve

And finally, be merry (responsibly!) and have a truly lovely Christmas with lots of friends and family!

 

Our Top 10 Favourite Festive Gifts

December 5, 2017By Jennifer Kelly: AdminBlog, Gifts No Comments

Our Top 10 Favourite Christmas Gifts

Christmas stocking fillers Header

Christmas, by definition, is a time for giving; whether this is with the time you spend with your family or in the beautifully wrapped present you gift to a loved one. We’re always on the hunt for those extra special Christmas gifts – an offering that is unique and personal to that person and really portrays how much you care. It’s not an easy feat so to make it easy, here are some of our favourites for this year!

For those who aren’t familiar, each and every one of our 289 products is inspired by our historical Moray walled garden. We grow the botanicals for our gin, the tomatoes for our chutney and the garlic for our oatcakes. We extract the previous pure, natural essential oils from the herbs and flowers to make our bath and beauty range smell divine. Best of all, all of our products are made in the UK (many just a few miles away) and they are all free of nasty artificial additives, colourings and fragrances.

Gordon Castle Gin Engraved Bottle Side

For gin lovers, this is a very popular choice. From Jo’s Favourite Tipple to ‘Mum’s Gin Hands Off’ Engraved Gordon Castle Gin is the perfect personalised present. Choose up to 10 personalised words and not only will the unique bottle go down a storm, the garden-grown botanicals means it will taste amazing! Plus once the gin has been merrily enjoyed, the bottle becomes a keepsake. Order by 20th December for Christmas delivery. Priced at £44.25.

Gordon Castle Tweed Rucksack Front

 

Not sure what to buy for the man in your life? Tweed has never been more in fashion and the Gordon Castle Scotland Tweed Rucksack is both rustic and stylish. The beautifully hand-crafted tweed mixed with the finest quality leather, meaning it is built to last, leads to an extremely classic and contemporary look. Priced at £300.00.

Gordon Castle Cider&Ale Trio

A keen craft brew enthusiast? Our Craft Cider and Beer Set contains our apple and pear cider, whisky cask cider and our traditional light ale. The cider is made using our very own pears and apples grown on the walls of the garden. The Ghillies Brew ale is a unique combination of the Estates own barley creating a perfect light Scottish ale. Priced at £8.50.

Gordon Castle Orangery Diffuser Set

For her, the Orangery Diffuser is top new favourite for 2017. Complete with the delightful smells of the mandarin peel and sweet orange essential oils from our Walled Garden, it will leave your senses energised. Priced at £24.00.

Herb Garden Relaxation Set

We absolutely love the Herb Garden Relaxation Set and it’s the perfect gift for busy mums and friends! Take some time to relax and unwind after the stress of Christmas with the scents of rosemary and thyme straight from our Walled Garden. The salt scrub will brighten and nourish dull skin and is created using cranberry seeds (no nasty microbeads!) Priced at £48.00.

Bubbly Afternoon Tea Gordon Castle Walled Garden

Treat your loved one to a delicious Bubbly Afternoon Tea at Gordon Castle Walled Garden in Fochabers. Enjoy a selection of homemade sandwiches, cakes and delights as well as tea or coffee and the obligatory bubbles! Priced at £18.95pp.

Feast Hamper Front

The Gordon Castle Feast Hamper will brighten up everyone’s Christmas. Packed with a range of delicious products to share with the whole family, from our cranberry sauce to the vanilla fudge, there is something for everybody to enjoy. Priced at £85.00.

Christmas Pudding Fudge Gordon Castle Scotland

The perfect stocking filler is the delicious Christmas Pudding Fudge which is crafted to a traditional Christmas pudding recipe. It is a sweet treat with a smooth, creamy consistency which will warm you up on a cold Christmas morning. Priced at £4.60.

Small Christmas Pudding with Plum Gin

Love Christmas puddings? So do we. So much so we have added our very own plum gin to this one! Christmas Puddings with Plum Gin An authentic Scottish recipe with a twist making Christmas lunch that little bit more delicious. Priced at £9.99.

Gordon Castle Miniature Gin Trio Christmas Gift Front

Another one for fellow gin fans and a new one for 2017, The Gordon Castle Gin Trio Set. Sample all thee of our gins – botanical, plum and raspberry – in handy 5cl miniature bottles. From making a raspberry rose gin and tonic using the delicious raspberry gin, to making classic martini – the options are endless. For just £17.95 it’s a perfect stocking filler too!

Why not discover our full Christmas range on our website – happy browsing!

A Fond Farewell to John

November 30, 2017By Jennifer Kelly: AdminBlog 2 Comments

John, our Head Garder, is leaving us today as he and his family explore a new life south of the border. John has been integral in the development of the garden to date and we wish them all the best in their new, exciting adventure.

To see us out in the proper fashion, John has written one final blog.

John here to update you on our November activity in the garden. We recently joined the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms UK (WWOOF) which is an international volunteering scheme for people who would like to gain experience on farms, gardens and smallholdings. The idea is that people work with us in the garden in exchange for accommodation and food. We had our first WWOOFer’s recently who came from USA to work in the garden and sample life in Scotland. The five ladies worked extremely hard and we really appreciated their enthusiasm and were sad to see them leave. We have two more WWOOFer’s joining us for three weeks in December and I’m sure there will be many more over the coming year.

WWoofers visit to Gordon Castle Walled Garden

We are in the process of re-designing the four cut flower beds which I’m sure will be an interesting project. The colour themes will be the same but many new varieties of plants will be introduced including more perennials than we have grown in the past. This will help increase the early season interest and range of flowers and will include plants such as roses and peonies. The beds will be intersected by broad paths which will provide easy access and allow us to work on the growing spaces without having to stand on them too often. Please do watch out for the progress we make as I’m sure they will look fantastic.

Crocuses in Autumn light at Gordon Castle Walled Garden

Work has also begun towards introducing the next section of apple step overs, which will be planted around the Soft Fruit Garden. Before the trees are planted later in the winter, the support structures have to be erected as well as the metal edging around each row. There will be over sixty Scottish variety apple trees to plant this winter out of a total of four hundred and fifty all of which will be planted around the perimeter of the garden.

Step over apples in autumn at Gordon Castle Walled Garden

As with previous years we are planting thousands of spring flowering bulbs which include daffodils, tulips and anemones. It’s a very satisfying task as we know how fabulous they will look in just a few short months.

The weather conditions this year have meant that we have been able to grown some supersized vegetables, especially the brassicas which have enjoyed all the rain in the summer months. Mark is pictured below proudly displaying said vegetables!

Mark with giant cabbage Gordon Castle Walled Garden

And to finish off my final post, a little touch of winter wonderland for you all. Hope to see you soon Scotland!

Winter-Wonderland-at-Gordon-Castle-Walled-Garde

Best of luck John,  from everyone at Gordon Castle Walled Garden. 

As the leaves begin to turn…

October 20, 2017By Jennifer Kelly: AdminBlog No Comments

Gordon Castle Walled Garden Birthday Party

We held our Market Garden event on Saturday 30th September and were blessed with a beautiful sunny day. Our visitors enjoyed the garden, food and activities as well as purchasing all of the produce which was freshly harvested  on the day. We will be sure to hold the event again next autumn so please do keep it in mind!

We are currently running a free children’s trail in the garden which has an autumn theme so why not bring the kids down here and give it a go! Our plan is to have a free trail running in the garden throughout the year with different themes to match the seasons.

We were recently visited by our Chelsea award winning designer, Arne Maynard, who came to discuss the next exciting phase of the project. This work will be starting during the course of the winter and I will post further updates over the coming months.

 

Wedding bells in the garden! This lovely couple renewed their vows last weekend with a garden ceremony and despite the fact we are in mid-October there are still lots of lovely flowers to see in the garden, perfect for autumnal decorations! Congratulations to Lori-Beth and Kevihn once again.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

September 26, 2017By Jennifer Kelly: AdminBlog No Comments

Bumper Harvest

We have had a bumper harvest through late summer/early autumn with huge quantities of produce going to the Café where our fantastic team in the kitchens have been putting it to good use. The plums especially have had a great season and all the trees were hanging with fruit

We recently had some amazing drone footage taken of the garden so please do take a look at it, you can really see the garden taking shape. There will be more drone footage taken in the future so that you can follow the development of the garden.

We had the last of our performances in the garden for this summer at the end of August….it was a roaring success! There will sure to be more coming next summer so please do look out for them being advertised.

There will still be an abundance of flowers in the garden during October so please come and take a look for yourselves

Our Garden Market is on this weekend (Saturday 30th September)

As it’s the height of the season our annual Garden Market will celebrate the best in fresh seasonal garden produce from fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and plants. We’ll also have flower and wreath demonstrations, hands-on displays from local artisans as well as free children’s play, garden entry and garden trail.

The garden will be alive with live music from local band Gordon James and the Power and gin cocktails will be flowing. For the foodies we’re offering delicious seasonal street food with particular focus on our amazing apples and chillies. For those wanting a more formal meal our cafe will be serving an autumnal themed menu for the day but please note booking is essential for the cafe as it will be busy! For the children we have free children’s play, a children’s trail in the garden, pumpkin carving and make-your-own flower pot men!

In case there’s a chill in the air we’ll have our fire pit lit and mulled wine on offer so no need to worry about being cold! Plus we’ll be rustling up our homemade toffee apples once again. It really will be fun for all the family so come along and enjoy a fun day out.

Opportunity North East Networking Event

On Monday 26th September we welcomed local food and drink producers, hoteliers, chefs and restaurateurs to the Opportunity North East Networking Event. A fantastic chance for all to create new business connections to enhance the use of local produce in the foodservice sector and help develop the food tourism offering in the region, we welcomed over 60 guests to sample our delicious food and find out about our journey!

 

Plant | Pick | Plate

August 16, 2017By Jennifer Kelly: AdminBlog No Comments

Plant | Pick | Plate

What a great time of the year it is to be a gardener, the harvest is in full flow and the garden is full of colour. Our special micro climate that we enjoy in this part of Scotland helps us to grow some extremely surprising crops, who would have thought we could grow peaches, apricots and figs outdoors! Our trees produce fine crops every year and much of the fruit is harvested for our Café where our talented team of Chefs create delicious meals for our customers.

The cooler summer this year has meant that many of the flowers have been a little later than usual but as a result of this they will have plenty of energy and life to keep them going through the autumn months, we have many different varieties so please come and enjoy them.

The herb beds, which were planted last year have matured beautifully and are a riot of colour and scent which our visitors are enjoying as well as the local bee population, I have never seen so many bumble and honey bees in one area. The Chefs have been making good use of the abundance of flowers and foliage so you can also enjoy the flavours of the herbs too.