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Gardens of Scotland - Inveresk Lodge

Gardens of Scotland - Inveresk Lodge
Gardens of Scotland - Inveresk Lodge
Gardens of Scotland - Inveresk Lodge
Gardens of Scotland - Inveresk Lodge
Gardens of Scotland - Inveresk Lodge
Gardens of Scotland - Inveresk Lodge

I’m fortunate enough to live within a mile or two of several lovely gardens, including a couple that belong to the National Trust for Scotland. One of these is Inveresk Lodge Garden near Musselburgh. Strangely enough, given its proximity, I have never visited this garden during the summer months and have therefore never seen it at its ‘best’; it’s only during the winter months that it occurs to me to visit it. I can’t say why this is, but whatever the case, it’s a rather lovely place to wander on a frosty winter’s day.

This hillside garden has suffered from lack of investment in recent years, and indeed recently the NTS had threatened to close it. Local volunteers do their best, but there’s an impression that they barely have enough capacity to maintain it, let alone re-plant or re-invent it. It used to be a well known and well loved garden – in days of yore it had a rose border designed by Graham Stuart Thomas – but the magnificent Shepherd House garden just across the road snaps up most of the visitors, leaving Inveresk Lodge as merely an afterthought. (More of Shepherd House later.)

The upper terraces at Inveresk are comparatively formal, but once you descend to the pond and the River Esk at the bottom of the garden things become more relaxed – this is natural woodland and wetland, full of bird life and with attractive views across the fields to the Pentland Hills. Around the meadow pond, the bullrushes on a frosty morning are particularly attractive.

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