THIS Sunday sees the first ever open garden charity day at Ha Hill Cottage on the Torhousemuir Estate near Wigtown.
Liz McLaughlin and her husband Adrian have worked hard over the last six years to develop new features on this sunning garden, originally created 30 years ago by Lady White of Torhousemuir.
Liz said: “It made gardening sense to expand and diversify in order to develop a range of new features. Initially a wet corner of the adjacent field, we excavated then flooded to form a pond. Planting was undertaken to create an aquatic environment with associated flora and fauna. Perennial beds, lawn and meadow were created. New planing in the form of trees, shrubs and bulbs surround the main water feature. In addition a small bog garden was created to make another site of interest. The work was matched with complementary expansion in areas such as woodland garden, vegetable plot and plant establishment in the ruin of the original mill.
“Most gardeners will appreciate the need for greenhouses, potting sheds, cold frames and compost heaps. They were also constructed to assist in the management of the garden.
“Now it is time to let others enjoy this garden and hopefully through charitable donations help others to benefit from the cultivation and experience of the garden.”
Ha Hill garden is open to the public on Sunday, April 1, from 10am to 4pm to raise funds for Crossroads (Newton Stewart and the Machars) and Smile Train for Children.