On Sunday 10th of April, Winton House throws its doors open for its annual Spring Open Day with funds being raised for Maggie’s Centres, which provides support for cancer care, as well as Scotland’s Garden Scheme.
On the day, the daffodils will be out in force and there will be lots of entertainment for families:
- A treasure hunt through the grounds, a bouncy castle and face painting.
- An opportunity to meet a team of Siberian Huskies who provide husky racing at Winton during the winter when the weather is colder.
- Historical tours of Scottish Renaissance Winton House with its intricate plaster ceilings and links to Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie.
- Walks through the terraced gardens, walled garden and extensive network of Winton Walks.
- Homemade cakes, sandwiches and soups at ever popular Café Winton.
Entry to the garden and estate is £4 per adult and children are free. Guided House tours are £5 per person and £3 for concessions.
Winton House aims to manage its gardens sustainably
(Based on an interview with Toby Subbioto, Head Gardener)
At Winton House, we aim to manage and develop our gardens and grounds sustainably; we grow a lot of our own plants, encourage wildlife, recycle what we can – water, pots and compost – and minimize the use of pesticides.
Winton’s plant stock is developed by division and potting on. Some 1,000 plants are cultivated annually from cuttings and seeds. We try to use peat-free compost as much as possible.
Nearly all our bedding plants are grown from seeds or cuttings as are many other plants like bulbs. These include lilies, crocuses, irises, tulips, sweet peas, marguerites, geraniums, salvias and fuchsias. Some shrubs are also propagated from cuttings.
The garden and planting is done so that it is as wildlife-friendly as possible. Some areas are left wild and not over-cultivated or kept too tidy. Consequently, the garden attracts butterflies, ducks, herons, geese, buzzards, woodpeckers, fieldfares, house martins and swallows, and even partridge, hares, roe deer and badgers.
We have areas of natural and old coppiced woodland areas, open meadow and grassland, as well as a range of aquatic and marginal habitats which are home to dragonflies, toads, frogs, coots, moorhens, herons and cormorants. Read more…