Gardening at the Edge: Gardens of the West Coast of Scotland

Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Manchester Community Library  { MAP } Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door



Simon Jones

National Trust for Scotland

This presentation will introduce you to three of the most remarkable coastal gardens on the British Isles where visionary gardeners have created landscapes of extraordinary natural beauty containing both native and subtropical plants. Simon Jones will take us on a tour of these gardens, maintained and protected by the National Trust for Scotland.

  • Inverewe, begun with a deer fence and windbreak in 1862, which is now a lush, tropical oasis as well as a botanical garden of extraordinary breadth and fame;
  • Arduaine, on a barren headland in 1897, a place of peace on a wild shore, whose sheltered gardens lead to woodland trails, magnificent rhododendrons, and a stunning lookout point across the Sound of Jura to the Atlantic Ocean;
  • Brodick Castle on the island of Arran, whose 74 acres of gardens include a walled garden created in 1710.

In addition, Simon will explore some of the key issues they face to balance the needs of history, heritage and modernity. What inspired the original creators of the designed landscapes and how have NTS gardeners had to adapt to a changing climate as well as the biosecurity obstacles generated by the modern day movements of plants and people? This talk will touch upon what role the NTS must play within the horticultural industry in Scotland.

Simon Jones is responsible for many of the National Trust for Scotland’s gardens in the Glasgow and West region. He started his horticultural career, after university, in commercial horticulture in the Middle East on date trees, mangos, olives and cotton fields. From there he worked in hard landscaping in the Middle East and Scotland. Having gained further qualifications at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh, he joined the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland where he curated, designed and constructed over 30 exhibits, most notably for giant pandas. He is also Practitioner with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, and Vice President of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.