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The Merry month of May

The Merry month of May

May 9, 2022

May merrily tiptoed in accompanied by the distinctive cry of oyster catchers heralding an explosion of vibrant colour across the garden, where over three thousand tulip blooms illuminate tubs and flower beds;  from rich golds, to pastel pinks, ruby reds and every colour in between.  Tulips are a member of the lily family so where … Read More

Happy Easter from The Walled Garden

Happy Easter from The Walled Garden

April 12, 2022

April arrived with chilly winds and squally showers, however, mother nature is undeterred. A host of golden daffodils toss their heads in hearty welcome perhaps a reminder that although storms may come the blessing of spring always arrives in the end. Fruit trees are coming into blossom. First the plums, then the apple & pear … Read More

Crocus Time

Crocus Time

March 28, 2022

On a dull gusty early March day I drove towards The Walled Garden past budding daffodils which line the drive; a promise of golden flowers or Easter bells as they are known in Germany. Then a surprise, just through the large iron entrance gates: WOW a carpet of the purest white crocuses stretches down the … Read More

Planning Ploughing Pruning

Planning Ploughing Pruning

February 2, 2022

Drive over the bridge into the estate, take a moment, slow down, look right…  Reclining on its grassy couch lies the trunk of an ancient beech without doubt over 300 years old, a mother tree which survived wars and storms, a symbol of permanence.  Sadly its aged hollow trunk was no match for storm Arwen; … Read More

December in the Garden

December in the Garden

December 16, 2021

 Everyone at the gardens and many beyond are celebrating the prestigious award of being voted best historic walled garden in Britain. However, the ferocity of storm Arwen brought a bit of a wake-up call. Sadly hundreds of ancient trees did not survive, one of the oldest, a gigantic beech tree, fell across the avenue and … Read More

Gordon Castle Walled Garden wins Garden of the Year 2021

Gordon Castle Walled Garden wins Garden of the Year 2021

November 16, 2021

We won! In a record-breaking vote, we have won Garden of the Year Award 2021, sponsored by Christie’s auction house, accumulating over `three thousand votes for the first time in the competition’s 37-year history. It is the first success for a Scottish garden since 1998, and is the first Scottish garden ever to win the award … Read More

Landward, Clafoutis and Book Signings

Landward, Clafoutis and Book Signings

November 9, 2021

The weather is cold and most days are wet although there are some bright interludes of piercing low winter sun which lights the gardens, dazzling in its brightness. The leaves on tree and shrub have turned from forty shades of green to as many autumnal hues of russet, crimson and gold as they gently fall … Read More

Late summer recipes

Late summer recipes

October 12, 2021

The Autumn equinox has past but it seems that the late summer sun is still very much with us and most days are bright with the heat of the sun pleasantly warm. September has been a dry month, however, the gardens have welcomed the days of rain which have done no end of good. Never-the-less, … Read More

The Midas touch

The Midas touch

August 24, 2021

Driving under the arched gateway towards the castle I became very aware of the majesty and peace of this place. Ancient larch and pine trees, tall and strong, stand on each side of the drive. Over centuries they must have seen hand carts and horse drawn carriages give way to Model T Ford cars, bicycles, … Read More

A Feast for the Senses

A Feast for the Senses

July 14, 2021

A FEAST FOR THE SENSES The garden is waltzing into summer dressed by Mother Nature in an amazing techno-colour dream-coat. Sensational in every sense of the word. Any artist would be over the moon to possess such a palette of vibrant colour. Trees,  shrubs, the herb garden, all bursting with growth, soft fruit bushes rich … Read More

The Start of Summer

The Start of Summer

June 9, 2021

It is Tuesday, 25th May; the weather is dull and less than warm as I drive along the avenue of green towards the castle gardens. Suddenly a bright field of sunshine yellow rapeseed flowers illuminate my path and, in their midst, in majestic contrast stand two ancient copper beech trees surveying the scene. Wow! What … Read More

Wedding Shoot at Tower Hall

Wedding Shoot at Tower Hall

May 26, 2021

We are so lucky to have an incredible selection of local suppliers within Moray. To celebrate their talents, and show off our new venue, we worked with Esme Saville Photography to make this dream shoot a reality. Those amazing suppliers were: Suppliers Photography – Esme Saville Creative Venue – Gordon Castle Estate Models – Lori … Read More

Spring in the garden

Spring in the garden

April 29, 2021

Today is dry and sunny with a hint of a breeze as I turn into Gordon Castle. What a lovely surprise to glide up the newly tarred road to the gardens to meet up with Ed Bollom, the head-gardener during what is the busiest time in the gardening year. The greenhouses are filled with trays … Read More

Recipes for the Christmas Kitchen

Recipes for the Christmas Kitchen

December 2, 2020

RECIPES FROM THE WALLED GARDEN FOR THE CHRISTMAS KITCHEN The year is drawing to a close, but, at Gordon Castle the garden is still a hive of activity. Ed the head Gardener and his staff are busy with the autumnal clear up and harvesting the last crops of the year. Leeks, parsnips and ‘Brussels sprouts’ … Read More

Dig for Victory!

Dig for Victory!

March 24, 2020

It seems the whole world has been turned upside down this spring, but outside nature carries on as normal, the birds are singing, the grass is growing and the first green shoots of spring are beginning to appear. It’s hard to resist listening to the radio or continually checking my phone for the latest news … Read More

Spring Recipes from the Garden

Spring Recipes from the Garden

March 2, 2020

Liz Ashworth, author of our Walled Garden Recipe Book, has written some spring recipes using season produce currently in the garden. We hope you enjoy and if you make any of the recipes please share your pictures with us.  “The garden looks bare just now, inert perhaps, but underground things it is a different story. … Read More

Apple and Cinnamon Pancakes

Apple and Cinnamon Pancakes

February 25, 2020

APPLE + CINNAMON PANCAKES Taken from our Walled Garden recipe book (available for £5) written by Liz Ashworth This recipe was inspired by German friend Gisela’s Mutti when I went on a visit to Munster many years ago. Makes 8 to 10 pancakes 115g (4oz) self raising flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 level teaspoon … Read More

Coping With Climate Change

Coping With Climate Change

January 29, 2020

Believe it or not I’ve had to add mowing to our list of jobs this month. Who’d have thought our visitors would be enjoying sunshine, warmth and the smell of freshly cut grass at the beginning January! Trying to deal with the unpredictable weather is a huge challenge for gardeners, but it hasn’t always been … Read More

From Sweden With Love

From Sweden With Love

January 16, 2020

Today’s guest blog comes from Carina Olander who stayed with us last summer when she and her colleague Anna Truelsen were writing an feature about Gordon Castle for swedish magazine Gods Och Gardar. My name is Carina Olander and I am a photographer from Sweden. In August 2018 my work for a Swedish interior magazine … Read More

Looking over 2019

Looking over 2019

December 23, 2019

It hardly seems possible that another year is coming to an end and we have certainly packed in a huge amount over the last 12 months across the whole estate and Walled Garden. From the fishing to the castle, the cottages to the garden, from the professional to the personal, it has been a busy … Read More