The plant and bulb names used are believed to be Botanically “true to name” and identified as such solely by their scientific names in Latin. We do not grow or display Horticultural varieties, other than Heathers, and therefore cannot supply plants of that sort.
The plant and bulb species are offered in the belief that they are true to name but are not warranted as such. Seed of most species is ” open pollinated “, much of it wild collected, or from known wild origin. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the plants are true to species there is always a possibility that a few might be hybrids.
All plants and bulbs offered are of species which are north temperate in origin. Many are capable of withstanding minimum a temperature of -15c, some may be hardy to -25c. The approximate equivalent USDA hardyness zones for our location here in northern Scotland would be around 6 or 7.
It is up to the customer to satisfy themselves as to the suitability of any particular species, and its hardyness, for their own locality. No warranty on hardyness is offered at all.
The Collection [ November 2000 ] currently contains relatively young plants: 20% c.1980; 17 % c.1985; 22% c.1990; 23% c.1995, and 18% current to 2000.
The current collection represents some 78 families, 231 genera, 369 species and 2, 500 + specimens (these numbers are frequently changing due to ongoing increases to the accessions programme).
Where ever possible we try to plant a minimum of three individual, seed originated specimens per species, from known wild origins, or parents of known wild origins.
Overall, the collection has, and is being, planted within an existing pinewood area that has been thinned on the Perpetual Cover Model. This provides a modified climate.html through shade and wind protection. As well as a pleasant visual structure, due to the more mature nature of the original forest cover.
The actual Garden’s site lays roughly 210-250 metres (or 700 – 800 feet) above mean sea level, on a glaciated river terrace, composed mostly of granitic sands and gravels with some localised thin peat. It is on the valley bottom, which lays below the Cairngorm Mountains, that are composed largely of igneous rock.