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    Posted August 9, 2014 by
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    Inverewe Garden & Estate

     
    Touring Scotland for this first time this May I was struck by the varied grandeur of this incredible country. Enormous mountains of the highlands pouring "Tears of the Giants," sweeping peat bogs, emerald fields with sheep and highland coos, lush gardens and snow-capped peaks, I fell in love with this country on the spot.

    My morning tour of Inverewe Garden & Estate was not dampened by the rain! A must see, Inverewe Garden is a lush sub-tropical garden overlooking Loch Ewe.

    The garden started back in the 1800's by Osgood Mackenzie, then owner of the estate. He began with a few willows and shrubs, gradually expanding the garden as he acquired more and more exotic plants. The Gulf Stream heavily influences climate here, and the warm breezes allowed Mr. Mackenzie to add plants and trees from around the world. Eucalyptus trees share space with redwood trees and blue Himalayan poppies nestle in with rhododendron from China. I enjoyed the rambling, natural feel of Inverewe Garden. No formality here; Colors and textures overlap like a quilt of nature.

    Inverewe Garden & Estate is now a National Trust of Scotland property. Visitors find well-kept paths winding throughout the vast acreage that lead to various sections: The Pond Garden, The Devil's Elbow, Jubilee Walk, Rhododendron Walk, 'America,' and 'Japan," to name only a few. The family home is still nestled within the gardens but remains private. I hope to go back one day and see it in the sunshine.
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