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Explore the Splendor of the Dawyck Botanical Garden

Just southwest of the town of Peebles, in Scotland, awaits the world’s most spectacular arboreta. As the breathtaking blankets of daffodils and snowdrops give way to summer and its wondrous beds of rhododendrons and azaleas, the earth is getting ready to shower the Dawyck Botanical Garden with an explosive display of warmth, as the garden turns to red and orange for autumn. And amidst the magnificence of color and fragrance, stands a vast range of trees that have growing in the garden for more than three hundred years.

The Dawyck Botanical Garden is open to the public from February to November, with ample parking that also accommodates tour busses. The visitor centre provides guests at the garden with spectacular exhibitions, refreshments and a variety of unique botanical gifts that can be purchased at the gift shop. The gardens prohibit footballs, bicycles and dogs to be brought in, making exception to guide and assistance dogs. Guided tours are available, but visitors are also able to purchase guidebooks to help them identify and explore the gardens on their own.

There are many landmarks and features that define each section of the Dawyck Botanical Garden, such as the Azalea Terrace and the Swiss Bridge. In these areas visitors will be introduced to some of the oldest members of the gardens, and they will be able to see different firs, ivy and scrape burn. One of the oldest trees in the garden can be found at the Dynamo Pond, which is an old larch. Beech Walk is another recommended part of the garden. The former owner of the Dawyck Botanical Garden, Sir John Naesmith, was responsible for the magnificent ornamental urns, terraces, paths and stonework that bring the beauty of the different areas together. With each of the parts of the garden being unique in its layout, plant selection and atmosphere, visitors have described the garden to feel as if they were transported from one magical world to another.

The Dawyck Botanical Garden in one of the most popular attractions in Scotland, for both local and international visitors, as its beauty and splendor is unsurpassed. With each season comes renewed life, color and magnificence, making the garden an attraction that can be visited at any time of the year. To explore the realms of trees of the world and to enjoy the tranquility and inspiration that flows through nature, visitors are advised to not miss out on the opportunity to stand amongst the splendor of a garden that has been amazing visitors for centuries.


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