Sanquhar House - Dumfriesshire

Sanquhar House - Dumfriesshire

The walled garden at Sanquhar House, in Dumfrieshire Scotland was created by Catriona from 1989 onwards until she finally left Sanquhar for France in 2004. This garden of approximately 2.5 acres, was totally neglected when she first arrived from London, with her young family.

Over the next 15 years she planted and created a formidable array of different garden areas inside and outside the 20ft granite stone walls. By the time she and her family moved to France the garden had been featured in the national press, and specialist gardening magazines and regularly was open to the public as part of the Scottish Open Garden Scheme.

Catriona collected plants from many of the specialist local nurseries in the area, notably Micheal Wickendon's rare plants nursery, and Elizabeth Macgregor's viola nursery near Gatehouse of Fleet. Some of these rare plants have now been brought to her garden at Gignac in the Herault valley near Montpellier.

Catriona also was much influenced in her planting by Nori and Sandra Pope, whom she supplied with St Jean de Fos vases for their garden at Hadspen. Visits to other iconic gardens of N.T gardenTintinhull, Hadspen,Great Dixter and many others all helped Catriona develop her own unique gardening style.

The Sanquhar House garden was the first real garden project Catriona took on. The climate in Dumfriesshire is fairly mild in summer, with a lot of rain. The winters can be very cold with snow, and wind from the Ochils surrounding the Nith Valley.

The soil was heavy and acidic, but rich with much leaf mould from years of natural mulching from the trees surrounding the sunken walled garden. The protection of the high walls meant that temperatures were significantly higher within the garden than on the outside .
Planting included many climbing plants - roses,clematis,hydrangeas,loniceras,ivies and in the main deep mixed borders a wide range of rare and specialist plants. A large variety of hostas, acqualegias, hardy geraniums ,lilies ,roses, grasses, peonies, irises, azaleas and many spring bulbs were planted around the walled garden as well as in the borders.

Catrions's large collection of St Jean de Fos and Anduze vases and pots were placed on the terraces and in the herb garden - all planted with a selection of summer annuals and perenials.



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