Benmore Botanic Garden

[Benmore Botanic Garden]

Benmore Botanic Garden is the mountain outpost of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, set on sloping ground above the River Eachaig in Argyll. Though a little rough around the edges, this is a fascinating place and a huge one - fortunately a map is provided. The garden specialises in trees and rhododendrons, extending 120 acres across the strath and up the south facing slopes of A' Chruach. The hilly, north-west half of the garden is creatively laid out into several areas each representing a different part of the world - Japanese Valley, Tasmanian Ridge, Bhutanese Glade and Chilean Rainforest Glade to name a few - each incorporating native flora and architecturally striking shelters. Zones are mostly laid out in vertical strips; this allows great views but means a lot of ascent and descent is required to explore each one. Formal gardens, ponds, aboretums and a red squirrel hide cover most of the flatter part, while rhododendrons are all over: visit in May or June to catch these at their colourful best.

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Name: Benmore Botanic Garden ★★★★☆
Location: A815 4 miles north of Sandbank, G.R.: NS 143856 ///absorb.vine.dairy
Open (2017): Daily, March to October (probably best in May / early June)
Cost (2017): £6.50 (adults), free for children

[Benmore Botanic Gardens]

[Benmore Botanic Garden]

[Pond]

[Orchid]

[Benmore Botanic Garden]

[Formal Garden]

[Benmore Courtyard]

[Deer loose in the garden!]

[Chilean Viewpoint Refuge]

[Chilean Rainforest Glade]

[Chilean Rainforest Glade]

[Chilean Condor Shelter]

[Tasmanian Ridge & Fernery]

[Fernery]

[Golden Gates]

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