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Cambo Gardens

The 1200 acre Cambo Estate in south east Scotland has been home to the Erskine family since the late seventeenth century. The garden features bold planting inspired by the New Perennial Movement which reaches its peak in late Summer and Autumn.


GAP Photos/Carole Drake

Feature No:   4625 

Qty of Images:    75 


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Lady Catherine Erskine and her husband Sir Peter took over the estate in 1976, began offering volunteering and training opportunities to the local community and opened to the public in the 1980s at snowdrop time when the grounds around the house are carpeted white. Developing the walled garden was a logical next step in making a garden of interest to visitors all through the year. Former head gardener Elliot Forsyth introduced bold planting inspired by the New Perennial movement using grasses and late season perennials that didn’t need staking or deadheading, achieving high output for low input. In late summer and autumn these plantings reach a peak of beauty and interest as the grasses flower amongst herbaceous perennials including persicaria, asters, eupatorium and sedums. Now Elliot has moved on and the garden has entered a new chapter which may include training opportunities, an event space, and a contemporary cutting garden.



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