The Walled Garden
Continuing the traditional use of the most fertile, sheltered and productive ground on the estate we are utilising this area to produce organic and nutritionally rich crops, colourful blooms for cutting, drying and arranging. A no dig system is in place to limit the disruption of the natural flora and fauna of the rhizosphere and protect our most precious resource, soil.
We also house the more tender and select ornamental species within the shelter of the walls. A traditional ¾ span greenhouse overlooks the garden from the top terrace. It provides a refuge for the most tender collections which include Lapageria rosea, frost tender Rhododenrons and ferns. A geographically ordered alpine collection is being amassed and housed on the greenhouse terrace and in the cold frames.
The Chapel Field
St Comghan’s chapel was dedicated in July 2018 and provides a space for religious and spiritual contemplation and connection with God. The grounds around the chapel are kept muted and simple with structure and form being the main features. Seasonal displays of flowering cherries and bulbs add interest without causing excessive distraction for the mind.
Anita’s Cottage and Kilchoan Farmhouse Gardens
A highly manicured, ornamental space surrounds these private homes. Features such as the terraces, decking, outdoor cooking and dining areas make the most of the impressive view down Loch Melfort and beyond. The planting is an informal cloth of mixed trees, shrubs, roses and herbaceous plants. The upper terrace features palms and a high proportion of south African species, giving an almost tropical feel, while topiarized yew and English roses have a much more traditional and recognisable feel throughout the rest of the garden.
A newly planted collection of trees from across the world, a mix of species chosen for both their beauty and those with high conservation value are housed at Kilchoan. The arboretum acts as an exsitu conservation collection for the International Conifer Conservation Charity and houses threatened species from across the globe.
A gentle path leading up-hill takes you into the shelter of native hazel woods, interplanted with a Chilean tree and shrub collection.
As with most Scottish gardens the areas surrounding the gardens are not left in a fully natural state. Informal plantings of trees are incorporated into the woodlands, providing interest on those longer walks from the properties and act as a transition from the manicured and ordered gardens into the wild temperate rainforest, heaths and farmland of the wider estate.