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IN THEgarden Q&A


ISLAND GARDEN OPENS FOR THE FIRST TIME One of the National Trust for Scotland’s most remote gardens is set to open to the public for the fi rst time in support of Scotland’s Gardens Scheme. The Walled Garden at Canna House on the tiny Hebridean island of Canna will be open on the last Wednesday and fi rst Saturday of each month from now until August. The two-acre walled garden is two years into a fi ve-year programme of restoration and boasts an array of fruit trees, vegetables, ornamental lawns and fl ower beds.


Visitors will also be able to enjoy an 80ft escallonia tunnel, spectacular views of neighbouring islands and an exhibition charting the history of the garden. ‘It’s quite a journey to get to Canna,’ said Ann Steele, the Trust’s gardens and designed landscapes adviser, ‘so a visit to the garden will be quite an adventure.’ Visitors can reach the Isle of Canna via


the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry service from Mallaig Pier.


Dates when the garden at Canna will be open are: April 28th, May 1st and 26th, June 5th and 30th, July 3rd and 28th, and August 7th and 25th. The garden will open between 10.30am and 4pm.


Can I pick rhubarb that I have planted this year? It is best not to pick it this year, in fact some growers like to leave it for three years before they start to pick any stalks. If you can’t wait that long then make sure that you leave at least two stalks on the plant.


I would like to screen off an ugly shed in my garden but without resorting to building a fence. Can you suggest anything that will look pretty? Try a living willow screen. Not only will this look super after only a year – the best thing of all is that it will never need painting!


Hairy Bikers roll into


Dundee Would you like the chance to buy from an amazing array of plants, enjoy gardening demonstrations and meet a Hairy Biker? Then here’s a date for your diary – Dundee Flower & Food Festival 2010 is taking place in September from 3rd – 5th The packed weekend’s entertainment includes all of the above plus free cookery demos and live entertainment. The 2010 Festival also plays host to the National Vegetable Society’s Championships, and helps the Society celebrate its 50th anniversary. TV celebrity duo The Hairy Bikers will be spending time cooking and mingling with visitors to the Festival. www.dundeefl owerandfoodfestival.com


FABULOUS SCULPTURES INSPIRED BY NATURE Stuart Murdoch is a sculptor living and working on Speyside. Inspired


by the nature and scenery around him he produces unique sculptures, water features and letter carvings, whether intricate or monumental, in reclaimed wood, stone and slate for the home or garden of any size. Subject matters include carved panels and clocks, abstract and fi gurative pieces inspired by the scenery, nature, heritage and traditions of Scotland. Personal design commissions a speciality. email stuart@speysidesculpture.co.uk or tel: 01807 500214 www.speysidesculpture.co.uk


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