Thanks to the generosity of our supporters across the United States, The Foundation was able to grant $50,000 to the restoration of the Percy Cane-designed garden at Falkland Palace in 2016.
The National Trust for Scotland has now completed the research report and the planting plans based on what is known to remain of the original garden. The research has also identified those plants which are original, and as much as possible where known plants have gone.
Taking that as their basis, the gardens team – Susan Thores, Interim Head Gardener, and her team Stuart Brown and Ewan Crighton supported by Gardens & Designed Landscape Manager Colin Wren – have cleared the first island bed of plants and shrubs, potting up many plants which are not being used in the new plans as they go along. These are to form the basis of a spring plant sale at Easter 2017. The proceeds from this will also go towards the restoration work.
The team has also applied for consent from the local council to remove trees, which is currently pending. As the garden is within the surroundings of a scheduled ancient monument and listed building, within a conservation village, a lot of paperwork is required!
Next steps will be to begin sourcing the new plants for the border, and to create interpretation for visitors to the garden as the season progresses. Please note that the beds will look somewhat bare until the scheme becomes established.
Members, be on the look out for a feature on the garden in the spring Scotland in Trust magazine due to arrive in mailboxes in March.
Please enjoy these images of the garden from the 1950s courtesy of the NTS archives.