Garden Portrait: Glamis Castle Walled Garden

Glamis Castle lies in Angus, Scotland and is probably best known as the childhood home of the Queen Mother (Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon). At the age of four her father inherited the Earldom of Strathmore and Kinghorne and with it Glamis Castle and the family spent some of their time there.

It is the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth and is referred to several times in the play: – “Glamis thou art” “and yet woulds’t wrongly win: thou’dst have great Glamis”. It is widely believed that Duncan was murdered here by Macbeth.

Today it looks more like a French Chateau having been extensively renovated in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The walled garden is reached via a short walk through the estate alongside the Nature Trail and Pinetum.

Once used as a fruit and vegetable garden for the castle it fell into disrepair and only recently has major redevelopment work started, including the installation of a spectacular fountain.

Even in late September the garden was full of colour. Roses were still blooming.

The wide gravel pathways radiate from the centre of the garden with deep herbaceous borders on either side. Sedums, monarda, heleniums, echinacea, rudbeckia and asters were dominant.

Trellises and pergolas were still covered in flowering roses and clematis and more dramatic colour can be seen in the brightly painted Japanese bridge and the vivid red door in the wall.

Naturally I was drawn to the lean-to Victorian style glasshouses, which appear to still require a lot of work. However, the dilapidation has a charm of its own.

Next time we’ll have a wander around the Italian Garden.



28 Comments Add yours

  1. What a surprise to see the castle shaped thusly. And as always tour garden photos are great – because you love gardens (and because you’re a good photographer).

    1. Heyjude says:

      We really enjoyed the house tour too. Such a comfy place, saggy old sofas etc. You could imagine a huge family gathering there.

  2. restlessjo says:

    Love all those drooping daisies in such a glorious swathe of colour, Jude. The walled garden reminds me very much of Wynyard Hall, up here, which has been recently restored. No charming old glasshouses though. All trendy new stuff. This was a nice surprise this wet and dreary morning, so thank you very much. 🙂 🙂
    We’re back to Leeds later today to do last bits and bring a glass topped coffee table and huge TV home. 😦

    1. Heyjude says:

      He’s a lucky lad that he has such accommodating parents! I’m not a fan of huge TVs – they dominate a room – but must admit watching tennis on a 20″ one is somewhat challenging!

      1. restlessjo says:

        House now looks like a bomb’s dropped with the influx of his stuff. I shall be reaching for the wine glass soon. 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          A familiar scene with me! Though at the moment we are pretty much sorted.

  3. So many beautiful flowers. Every time I see echinacea I think I must grow some in our garden.

    1. Heyjude says:

      They are lovely.

  4. J & D > This is exactly what we miss most about the mainland. Thanks for bringing it to us!

    1. Heyjude says:

      You are most welcome. Nice to know that people enjoy the post 🙂

  5. Tish Farrell says:

    Brimming with late summer magic, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It was indeed Tish. A welcoming sight.

  6. Anabel Marsh says:

    Beautiful – I’ve never been to Glamis.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s very interesting, I even enjoyed the house tour.

  7. Gorgeous garden and I love the red door! What a lovely contrast

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, the red door is lovely.

  8. rusty duck says:

    September can be a lovely month in Scotland, as your photos show!

    1. Heyjude says:

      It certainly was last year.

  9. Joanne Sisco says:

    The gardens and flowers are lovely, but the castle itself has captured my heart. Oh my. SO. MANY. TURRETS!!!

    I think I’m in love.

  10. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I always admire, gardeners who manage to keep a garden going so beautifully, late in the season. Of course having a good budget helps! The daisy shape plants in September are some of favourites too. Excellent photos Jude 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Daisy-like plants are lovely aren’t they and so many different ones. I discovered a new plant in the parking area yesterday – small daisy heads on quite delicate leaves, but about 30cm tall. I need to get a photo!

  11. BeckyB says:

    Beautiful…my Mum would love it. Maybe a trip to take her on one of these days x

    1. Heyjude says:

      She’d probably love the inside too. We did, interesting tales about the Royals 🙂

      1. BeckyB says:

        Oh it sounds perfect for her…..I’ll investigate tours for her ☺

  12. French chateau indeed! I’d heard of the castle, but that’s not what I imagined it looked like. What a lovely garden. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not what we imagined either and inside is much more homely than you might expect.

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