ISITORS to Westerhall near Bentpath were treated to a glorious display of colourful shrubs and magnificent trees during its open afternoon on Sunday.
On a bright but breezy day people travelled from near and far to stroll through the walled garden, the Ladies Ford garden and the mature woodlands, with interesting pieces of sculpture dotted around for interest.
The azaleas, magnolias and rhododenrons were vibrant and one of the main attractions. The mature trees, which towered over everything else, included cypresses and an awesome Chilean pine, known as a monkey puzzle tree.
The meconopsis or Himalayan Blue Poppies, were startlingly blue and waved prettily in the breeze. The dappled shade and moist acidic soil provide the perfect conditions for the large, silky-blue flowers.
The gardens were open for Scotland’s Garden Scheme and raised £892 for various charities.
Gardener Grant Moir and his team have been busy since the previous open day two years ago and there were many new additions to the plant collection.