Explore this magical woodland garden and discover some of Perthshire’s most fascinating plants and wildlife.The garden was created by Bobby and Betty Masterton. When they arrived in the 1950s there were a few trees – conifers, beeches and oak, but more notably the two magnificent Wellingtonias you can see today. One of them is Britain’s widest conifer, with a girth of 11 metres. Although over 150 years old, these natives of North America are still youngsters as the trees can live for a thousand years.
The Mastertons had a particular interest in Himalayan plants which thrive in the garden’s perfect conditions. Many of the seeds they grew are now large trees, such as the Tibetan cherry, notable for its mahogany peeling bark. Perennials that flourish here include lilies (including some over 4m high) and Meconopsis (blue poppy). Since 1987 the garden has been cared for by their daughter Wendy and her husband John Mattingley.
- keep to the paths by following the numbered route around the garden.
- take care walking around the garden in wet weather; walking sticks may be borrowed.
- do not pick any flowers or seed heads.
- if you would like to buy any of the plants on sale, leave the money (or cheques made payable to Cluny House Gardens) in the box on the plant stall.
£5 per person, children £1. Annual season ticket: £10
Opening times: 10am – 6pm 20th February to 31st October inclusive. Over the winter from the 1st November to the 19th February we welcome visitors. We only ask for a donation towards red squirrel and wild bird food. Thank you.
If you are visiting Cluny we would plead that you are honest with your entrance money. We are finding some visitors are being dishonest. The charge is £5/adult and this money not only goes to keeping the garden open, but a proportion also goes to charity through Scotland's Gardens Scheme http://www.scotlandsgardens.org/ Also many, many hundreds of pounds are spent on squirrel and bird food annually so that all visitors have a fantastic opportunity of seeing wildlife very easily.
We also sell a variety of home-produced plants suitable for woodland gardens. Our own seed is available for sale during the season at the garden and by post throughout December and January. We also have a unique selection of Cluny postcards for sale. They include the plants and the red squirrels.
Cluny is one of the sites included in the Perthshire Big Tree Country Heritage and Access project, celebrating the amazing woodland heritage in the area, and co-ordinated by Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust.
If you see one of us working in the garden and you have any questions, we would be delighted to answer them, if we can.
If you have any queries or would like to know more, please contact Wendy Mattingley at email@example.com
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