A huge thank you to Newtonairds Hostas and Gardens who have opened their beautiful grounds throughout the summer under the Scotlands Garden Scheme with PPMBT being the chosen charity of owners James and Carol Coutts.
Visitors to this interesting 1.2 acre garden, situated in the Cairn Valley, 7 miles North west of Dumfries UK, were treated to teas and Scottish Piper Andrew Wheeler played during an OPEN Garden Afternoon in aid of PPMBT. There they enjoyed its fascinating mix of planting punctuated by topiary trees, shrubs and statuary with a gravelled rose & clematis ring surrounding a Heritage vegetable area.
The opening of Newtonairds Hostas & Garden has raised £847 this year under the Scotlands Gardens Scheme and a total of £3871 over the last 4 years, with PPMBT being the chosen charity of owners James and Carol Coutts.
PPMBT Chairman Dame Barbara Kelly visited Newtonairds and received their donation on a sunny day in September. PPMBT Trustee and Volunteer Coordinator Caroline Buck said
“The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust is extremely grateful to Carol and James for their loyal and generous support. We always look forward to enjoying the beautiful plants and happy atmosphere at Newtonairds Lodge Garden Openings as one of the most pleasant days in the PPMBT calendar.”
James and Carol have created the Garden over the past 11 years from a largely blank canvas to what it is today, a vibrant and individual garden which is encouraging visitors from all over the world, particularly this year which has seen a record 645 visitors thanks to an appearance on BBC Gardeners World in March. Many of these visitors come to see the National Plant Collection (Plant Heritage) of over 130 cultivars of fragrant flowered Hostas, which James maintains in the Garden. It has been a big boost for the business which encompasses a small nursery with plants propagated on site, specialist Hostas, a small Gallery with art and crafts and of course the 1.2 Acre Garden open to the public between May and August every year.
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Since the ‘garden gates’ opened around 2008 over £6000 has been raised for local charities such as The Alexandra Unit (Specialist Palliative Care), SWS RnR a charity which provides holidays for soldiers injured on active service, Dumfries North West Church Free Meals Project also Plant Heritage, the world’s leading garden plant conservation charity.