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Estate management is really just gardening on a grand scale. It gets more intimate for the more formal areas around Winton Castle where an experienced team provides colour and year-round interest.
In the spring when the ground is covered in yellow daffodils, there is an annual open day in aid of Scotland's Garden Scheme.
Recognition for opening for the longest under the Scotland’s Gardens banner was one reason for Winton being selected for the 85th birthday celebrations since the charity began. Winton was there at the start and Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Rothesay was there to mark the event. Naturally the gardens were at their best and a Mulberry tree is now growing with royal assistance.
Watch the video above: Celebrating 85 years of Scotland's Gardens with the charity's President, The Duchess of Rothesay.
The gardens' history goes back to the 17th century. The walled garden north of the castle had some walls altered to allow an inner wall to be heated for growing exotic fruit trees and other plants. There is a central feature with an ornamental Celtic knot-shaped rose garden with herbaceous borders on either side of a path. The other main design, a Scottish Thistle, includes this central feature and links with the walls on either side.
There is a terrace on the west side inspired by the work of Osgood MacKenzie of Inverewe in Wester Ross. On the south side are three terraces between the House and Sir David's Loch.
Woodland gardens and wild flower gardens link the formal grounds of Winton Castle with the surrounding Estate, Winton Walks and Pencaitland.