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“Always stunning, and enthusiastically staffed”

Pitmedden Garden & Museum of Farming Life
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Ranked #18 of 153 things to do in Aberdeen
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Reviewed 22 August 2011

It should come as little surprise that Pitmedden Gardens are well cared for, and that you will receive a warm welcome - this is a pretty consistent trait of all National Trust for Scotland properties.

The Northeast is home to many castles, quite a few of which have formal gardens, but in the case of Pitmedden there really is no building - the star of the show is the gardens. A full time staff of 4, very capably lead by the charming Head Gardener and Property Manager Susan Burgess, keep every inch of these gardens in immaculate shape. The borders contain innumerable shrubs, annuals and roses; South facing walls groan under the weight of apples and pears espalied along them.

A quaint collection of farming implements and memorabilia could easily be overlooked, but is worth the time it takes to peruse. The tea shop has a limited selection of snacks, a pretty good range of homebakes. Everything is prepared on the premises and, providing you're at the right time of year, will include fruit or vegetables from the gardens.

If you have the opportunity make sure you take one of the guided walks, during which you'll learn much of the history and day to day operations. Also be on the look out for special events such as the annual Jazz in the garden, or occasional Gilbert & Sullivan performances.

Before you leave make sure you take a look at the jams and jellies produced from the garden's bounty each year, they're a good way to extend the memory of your visit.

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Reviewed 19 August 2011

My wife and I drove out to Pitmedden Garden on a day trip from Aberdeen and were very impressed. These gardens are really beautiful.

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Reviewed 11 August 2011

Pirmedden is well worth the trip if you are interested in landscape gardening. The main attraction is a massive, sunken, walled garden that contains both formal box hedges and more exuberant flower borders. Despite the awful summer in Aberdeenshire, they somehow managed to make the garden a gorgeous delight: hats off to their horticultural team. There is also a kitchen garden and museum of farm life in the 19th century. The cafe is quite nice and I recommend having tea on the patio with some home-baked pastries if the weather permits.

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