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Gardens of Scotland - Shepherd House (part 1)

Gardens of Scotland - Shepherd House (part 1)
Gardens of Scotland - Shepherd House (part 1)
Gardens of Scotland - Shepherd House (part 1)
Gardens of Scotland - Shepherd House (part 1)
Gardens of Scotland - Shepherd House (part 1)
Gardens of Scotland - Shepherd House (part 1)

I’m delighted that I’m going to be spending the next 12 months photographing Shepherd House Garden at Inveresk, just outside Edinburgh. Shepherd House is one of the finest small gardens you’re likely to see (it was one of only two in Scotland featured in the late Rosemary Verey’s book “Secret Gardens”). I feel very privileged to live so close to it, and I was a regular visitor even before this photography project commenced.

The owners of Shepherd House, Sir Charles and Lady Ann Fraser, took over the one-acre property more than 50 years ago, and the garden has been evolving under their loving care since then. What started off as a wilderness and their children’s playground has become (without the aid of any professional garden designer) a glorious combination of individual gardens linked by a central, nepeta-flanked rill under rose-covered arches.

Lady Ann is an accomplished botanical artist, whose work has been awarded a Silver, a Silver Gilt and in 2010 a Gold Medal for her paintings by the Royal Horticultural Society. She is represented in many private collections in the UK and USA. All the plants that she paints – tulips, irises, hellebores, snowdrops and poppies – have been nurtured in her own beautiful garden.

Here is a small selection of images from the start of this one-year photography project. I’m now just waiting to photograph the garden’s annual profusion of tulips…

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