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Botanical Travels Around The World In Inverewe Garden, Scotland

    Traveling the spectacular west coast of Scotland it’s not the first thing which poped into our minds to visit a botanical garden as the rugged landscape of Wester Ross in the North-West Highlands itself is astonishing enough. It wouldn’t be Scotland if the weather wouldn’t cut it’s capers. Instead of heading off to our planned three hours hike in unsteady weather we decided to give Inverewe Garden a shot. 

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    We were very surprised to see the parking lot almost full with cars and tour buses in this remote location. The smart manager of Inverewe Garden must have had the good idea to offer special shaded parking spots for people with dogs as they are not allowed in. First time I saw such a thing. I was very pleased.

    Inverewe Garden is certainly on the  international tourist route as we heard all languages from Spanish to Dutch and German as we queued for the tickets. I got a good introduction at the counter with a map what we shouldn’t miss as it was in bloom at the moment and how far it was to walk from one side to the other. The estate encompasses 2000 acres. 100 acres is woodland which shelters the gardens. It takes about 1 1/2 hours to walk most of the paths.
    Coincidentally we stepped first into the part where South African plants flower. Nothing new for George and also I recognized some of the plants, especially the unfriendly spiky once! In South Africa almost all plants have thorns, probably as protection against the abundant wildlife.

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    A few steps further we entered the walled garden with neat rows of vegetables, herbs and some flowers. My vegetable garden never looked so tidy!

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    We passed the newly renovated Inverewe Garden House which is to be opened for the public soon in Summer 16. The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) spent £1.5m for the refurbishment.

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    Along the Rhododendron Walk – as the name says – the Rhododendrons bloomed in diverse colors. I learned only here that they actually originate from Nepal, China and the Indian Subcontinent. It can be a threat to the local oaks as they spread evasively. A beautiful invasion though!

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    We headed down the Jetty Path to the – guess what! – Jetty 😉  Just a few hundred meters away two herons were sitting on a pine tree.  One of them on a nest. Unfortunately we weren’t able to spot the chicks and also the otter who is at home somewhere at the jetty didn’t emerge.

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    We passed some beautiful romantic spots along the shore and ascended to the ‘High Viewpoint’. It’s hard to believe that just by the initiative of one man from the 1860s, Osgood Mackenzie, and his daughter, Mairi, a formerly barren, windswept headland was transformed to this unique garden.

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    As we emerged between the tall trees to some ponds the sub-tropical, lush plants became more numerous. Despite the northerly latitude, these plants flourish here, thanks to the warm currents of the Gulf Stream .

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    Walking towards the exit we traversed further patches with colorful, exotic plants from around the world.Inverewe is regarded as one of the most beautiful gardens in Scotland. It’s certainly an enjoyment to spend some time in this abundant nature paradise.

     

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    Highlights

    Wollemi Pines (Australia)
    Blue Poppies (Himalaya)
    Olearia (New Zealand)
    Eucalypts (Tasmania)
    Rhododendrons (China, Nepal and Indian Subcontinent)

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    And of course, there is a fully stocked gift shop and restaurant.
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