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A Focus on Gardens

24 Jul 2015

At Haddo you will find both wildlife gardens and formal gardens.  It's the season to visit our gardens to see the large range of flowers, plants, bees, butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies in different habitats.

With the school holidays already half way through we have seen lots of children here at Haddo, in the play park, feeding ducks and geese or walking and cycling around the lake in between the showers.  Although the weather has been damp it has not deterred our visitors.  Staff have also been kept busy looking after the gardens and park.  

Volunteer project

The Art in Nature project is progressing well with volunteers meeting twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays, to clear the paths in the wildlife garden and make space for the art workshops taking place in August, using recycled materials.  Ellon Indoor Market have kindly donated a large number of old CDs to help line the pond to create a mirror effect around the edge, reflecting the surrounding trees and changing skies above.  Whilst clearing the garden we found some interesting things this past week.  Simona uncovered a hidden path leading to what could be a willow arch - this is something we hope to recreate over the summer with volunteers.

Holly, Hannah, Lianne and Mhairi have also cleared a small overgrown area for installing a seat to overlook the pond.  More volunteers are always needed and we especially need someone with basic woodworking skills to help us make bird feeding stations and benches.

Beginners Birdwatching - Tuesday 29 June

The Tuesday Guided Walks have been slow to start due to bad weather but hopefully the programme will attract more people as the weather improves.  Tuesday July 29th will be an opportunity to learn how to identify birds in the park - join the Beginners Birdwatching guided walk from 1030h - 1200h from the Visitors Centre (only £5 per adult, £3 per child).  Bookings on our Events page or phone us on 01651 851041.

2 months and 20,000 plants

The beautiful formal gardens of Haddo House, part of the National Trust for Scotland at Haddo, are an attractive aspect of any walk around the park.  The head gardener, Una, has a team of seasonal gardeners and volunteers who have been busy planting over 20,000 plants over the past 2 months as part of the restoration of the terraced gardens to their 19th century splendour.  The roses have been specially sourced as original varieties from the 1830s and 1840s, including Blarii No. 2, The Garland, Felicite Perpetue and Russelliana.  The roses are all ramblers and will be held upright with rose poles, copied from the originals taken from the James Giles landscape drawings of Haddo during the 19th century.  In addition to the roses there are other new plants on the terrace incudling Lobelia Crystal Palace, a variety dating from 1839 and Scarlet Geranium from the 1840s.  The Haddo Urns are either originals or specially commissioned replicas and now sold as a unique design by the name of Haddo.


A Garden Quiz for the Children

The Garden Quiz is something to keep your children interested and help them learn more about plants and gardens.  The Quiz is just £1 and available from the NTS Shop with a prize for each one completed!

Want to know more?

We hope to see you at Haddo this summer in the park or gardens, our staff are always here to help you find something new and interesting to discover.  Call into the Visitor Centre for a map of the park and to find out what is on offer this summer!