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Gordon Castle Walled Garden

Designer Arne Maynard has brought dynamic, contemporary design to Gordon Castle Walled Garden an enormous, historic plot in Scotland's Spey Valley.


GAP Photos/Carole Drake - Angus and Zara Gordon Lennox/Arne Maynard

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At over seven acres and bounded by 680 metres of brick wall, Gordon Castle's walled garden is one of the largest in the UK. Located near Fochabers in the Spey Valley, a surprisingly mild corner of eastern Scotland, it was built in 1803 as a powerhouse of food and flower production stoked by 40 gardeners. Used for commercial raspberry growing after the Second World War, it had lain dormant for some years by the time Angus and Zara Gordon Lennox took over the Gordon Castle estate in 2008. Rather than recreate what the garden would have looked like in its heyday, Angus, Zara and Arne Maynard have created an adaptable, contemporary garden, where plants form the structure. 'Apart from the paths and the plant and tree supports there's very little hard landscaping. Instead we have used fun, planted structures including a mown maze and raised earth banks, to draw people around the garden', explains Arne. Head gardener Ed and his small team of just one full time and two part time gardeners, and with regular hands-on help from Zara and a band of enthusiastic volunteers, produce a wealth of fruit, flowers, vegetables and herbs that go into a dazzling array of Gordon Castle products ranging from three different gins and two ciders to jams, condiments and scented candles. Everything grown in the garden has a use and once again the walled garden is the beating heart of the Gordon Castle estate.



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