Threave ready for open day and open air theatre too

The National Trust for Scotland’s Threave Garden, near Castle Douglas is readying for a range of events over the next few weeks, including a wildlife festival, a garden open day and open air theatre.

This Sunday, July 31, the garden takes part in the Garden Wildlife Festival. Throughout the day there will be guided walks around the garden by national and local wildlife experts on a variety of topics from butterflies, small mammals and ladybirds to beekeeping, bumblebees and composting. These walks will help with the identification of various species and give tips and advice to make your garden more wildlife friendly.

The day will also focus on helping with the identification of different invertebrates species including bumblebees and ladybirds with the aim of encouraging members of the public to send their wildlife sighting to the Dumfries and Galloway Environmental Resources Centre.

Then on Sunday, August 7, the Trust and Scotland’s Gardens Scheme have teamed up to put on a repeat of their successful garden open day in May.

As the home of the Trust’s School of Heritage Gardening, Threave has something for every type of keen gardener to enjoy. Visitors can expect to find magnificent colourful herbaceous borders, extensive flowering shrub and tree plantings, a new rose garden, a heather garden, large rock garden with rock pool and cascade, temperate and tropical glasshouse displays, various ponds, a sculptured water feature, not to mention the stunning walled garden with fruits and vegetables. A garden trail quiz and guided tours with the head gardener are also on offer throughout the event.

The open day takes place on August 7 from 10.00 to 17.00. Tickets are £6.50 for adults and £5.50 for concessions. For more information, please call 0844 4932245. Home baking and light refreshments will be on sale. No dogs except for assistance dogs, please.

And, also on Sunday, August 7, the gardens will be filled with drama, as an outdoor production of the Taming of the Shrew takes to the stage.

The Festival Players Theatre Company will embark on their 26th touring Shakespeare production with this ‘fun-packed, energetic and brilliantly inventive’ production centred on Shakespeare’s feisty female creation Katharina, who in this production will be played by a man.

The performance begins at 7.00pm. Tickets cost £12 for adults and £6 for children and can be booked online at www.nts.org/events.

Audience members should dress for the weather and bring something to sit on as well as a picnic.