Garden Overview

This evening, I am posting information on the stunning garden at Drummond Castle, Muthill, near Crieff, Scotland. Location is about forty four miles N.E. of Glasgow.

Aspect of garden.

  • The current garden ultimately traces back to the 2nd Earl Drummond who succeeded to the title in 1612 who was influenced by gardens he had seen in France.
  • The garden features as its centrepiece an obelisk sundial which has 50 faces to show the time in Europe’s capital cities.
  • Surveys in 1755 and 1810 reveal the garden was well established by those dates.
  • Leading gardener, Lewis Kennedy was responsible for the parterre and formal terracing during the early 19th century. Drummond is believed to be Lewis Kennedy’s greatest career achievement.He was responsible for the formal flower garden.
  • Queen Victoria visited the garden in 1842 and ‘walked in the garden which is really very fine with terraces, like an old French garden’.
  • Whilst recognising French influences, the statuary in the garden suggest an underlying Italian inspiration.
  • The gardens suffered neglect during the two world wars after which Phyllis Astor, wife of the 3rd Earl of Ancaster, oversaw extensive restoration work.
  • The main feature today is the box hedge parterre, designed to represent the Saltire (Scotland’s flag).
  • The garden contains many ornamental trees including Japanese maples, the Fastigiate Golden elm, two Purple oaks, specimens of Acer pseudoplatanus and Prunus cerasifera.
  • The conical shaped clipped trees are English and Irish yews.
  • Design ensures the surrounding countryside is drawn into the garden.
  • The garden requires the services of three gardeners working full time and three working part time.

View of castle from garden

View of castle from garden

Aspect of garden