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So long Summer

So long Summer

September 16, 2019

The season is turning and quite frankly I’ll be glad to see the back of a pretty gloomy summer! We should be busy harvesting plums as I write this, but we’ve had the worst crop in years. The combination of a dry spring followed by a cold and wet summer has hit the trees hard … Read More

Farewell August…

Farewell August…

August 29, 2019

August is always a good month in the garden, the beds are full, visitors are streaming through the gates and the gardeners are happy. Harvesting is the biggest job at this time of year, it can be hard to keep up with the demand for fresh peas, new potatoes, kale, beetroot and salad leaves for … Read More

Blooming Success for Flower Weekend

Blooming Success for Flower Weekend

August 20, 2019

Hundreds flocked to Gordon Castle Walled Garden in Fochabers last weekend (17th & 18th August) for the Flower Farmers Big Weekend. Part of a nationwide initiative launched by Flowers from the Farm, there were over 100 events across Britain celebrating home-grown flowers. The initiative aims to encourage both florists  and consumers to consider home-grown varieties. … Read More

The invasion of the slugs

The invasion of the slugs

July 22, 2019

The invasion of the slugs It seems unusual to me to be working in a woolen jumper and thick overcoat during July, but then I’ve only been in Scotland for four years and I’m coming to expect almost anything from the weather this far north. The plants in the Walled Garden are as disgruntled as … Read More

From the Highlands, with love

From the Highlands, with love

June 18, 2019

Swapping toasty climates for a cool Highland breeze, Emily and Ian joined us all the way from Florida last June. Although from the US, Emily and her husband Ian had spent a great deal of time in Elgin while working out of Lossiemouth with the RAF. It was during this time that the Highlands became … Read More

The Diversity of Life

The Diversity of Life

May 30, 2019

The Diversity of Life One of the benefits of working as a gardener is that you have to time to notice changes and rhythms in the natural world. This year we’ve seen a big increase in the numbers of both insects and birds in the garden. We’ve been invaded by ladybirds! A mild winter and … Read More

All thanks to Charlie | Real Life Wedding

All thanks to Charlie | Real Life Wedding

April 3, 2019

October is one of our favourite wedding seasons at Gordon Castle –  full of colour and gorgeous sun-kissed evenings. When Phil and Katie were married here on 27th October 2018, their day was no exception. Surrounded by close friends and family, it was a weekend-long celebration. Pre-wedding celebrations began on the Friday by taking full … Read More

Our favourite annual event is back…

Our favourite annual event is back…

March 29, 2019

Our favourite annual event is back…   From caber tossing to equestrian stunt riders, Gordon Setter gatherings to chainsaw displays; the Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair returns on Sunday 19th May 2019 with an eclectic mix of entertainment for all the family. Entering its ninth year, the annual Fochabers Games looks set to … Read More

First Day Of Spring

First Day Of Spring

March 20, 2019

First Day of Spring It looks as though spring has sprung early this year, our apricot trees came into flower almost six weeks earlier than last year and we’ve already enjoyed a spectacular display from the crocus. The buds on the apple and pear trees are on the brink of bursting and we’ve already seen … Read More

Mother’s Day Dark Chocolate Cheesecake | Recipe

Mother’s Day Dark Chocolate Cheesecake | Recipe

March 5, 2019

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, there’s no better way to show how much you care than by making some delicious chocolatey goodness. Feet up, cup of tea and one of these dark chocolate cheesecakes, and you’ll be Mum’s favourite all year round.   Our head chef Dylan has rustled up one of his … Read More

Castle Gordon By Robert Burns

Castle Gordon By Robert Burns

January 25, 2019

The 4th Duke and his wife, the celebrated beauty and society hostess, Jane Maxwell, entertained many important guests at Gordon Castle during the 18th century, including Robert Burns who wrote a poem ‘Castle Gordon’ by way of a thank you for the hospitality he had received. Castle Gordon Streams that glide in orient plains, Never … Read More

Starting 2019 as we mean to go on

Starting 2019 as we mean to go on

January 18, 2019

As another year comes around, we’re all busier than ever in the walled garden, planning, pruning and ploughing, trying to make the most of this mild winter before the freezing weather arrives. The building work continues, Davie our landscape gardener has his work cut out laying paths and metal edges around our cherry orchard and … Read More

What a year 2018 has been!

What a year 2018 has been!

December 19, 2018

What a year 2018 has been! Our year seems to have flown by, ably helped by the wind from North, South, Beast from the East and everything in between! As always, December is a time to reflect and look back at all the positives our small business has achieved and to try and learn from … Read More

How To Make a Christmas Wreath

How To Make a Christmas Wreath

December 3, 2018

How To Make a Christmas Wreath Following on from our Christmas Market yesterday we thought it would be a nice idea to do a festive wreath tutorial! This is one of our Christmas favourite jobs so we thought we would show you how we like to make them and just how simple it is. Before … Read More

Remembering Past Gardeners

Remembering Past Gardeners

November 15, 2018

It seems as though Autumn will be a brief affair this year. After a few short but beautiful weeks, the first frosts have stripped many of our trees of their autumnal finery leaving their craggy skeletons exposed. The cold weather seems to bring flocks of hungry birds into the garden, working their way through our … Read More

Getting Ready For Winter

Getting Ready For Winter

October 16, 2018

One of the most common questions we get asked at this time of year is ‘what do you do in the winter?’ The seasoned gardeners amongst you will chuckle at this question because really winter is when the hard work begins in the garden. For the next month or so all our efforts will go … Read More

How to make dried flower wreaths

How to make dried flower wreaths

October 3, 2018

It’s Halloween this month and it’s all pumpkins, sweeties and ghosts. If you love the season – but don’t love the garish costumes, pumpkin pie and screaming children that tend to accompany it – then our dried flower wreaths are for you. Plus, it’s not October specific – we have ours on show all year … Read More

Fruitful September

Fruitful September

September 21, 2018

The weather has changed and it seems that the end of the growing season is almost upon us, and what a season its been, I can’t remember a hotter summer with highs of 28C! The garden has been its most beautiful to date, attracting visits from The English Garden Magazine, Gardens Illustrated and Scottish Field. … Read More

Flowers For The Future

Flowers For The Future

August 10, 2018

I walked into a florists the other day to show them an example bouquet that we had grown from our cut flower selection in the hope that they would consider using our Scottish cut flowers. Greeted with a perplexed expression, I explained who I was, how we were local and the reason for my visit. … Read More

Four Years On

Four Years On

July 6, 2018

It’s our fourth birthday this Saturday (7th July) and we cannot believe what has been achieved in such a short space of time. In just four years the eight-acre site has gone from a barren field to a beautiful, tranquil space for locals and visitors alike. The 15th century plot has been painstakingly restored and … Read More