Exploring Perth's Hidden Gem: Branklyn Garden
In a bid to enjoy the unexpected September sun, my mum and dad took me to Branklyn Gardens. Frankly, I'm astounded I've never been in my near forty years of life. How has this been hiding in Perth for so long?
Nestled on the outskirts of Perth lies a horticultural treasure waiting to be discovered by nature enthusiasts and garden lovers alike. Branklyn Garden is a hidden gem that offers a delightful escape into a world of botanical beauty and tranquility.
Branklyn Garden was born from the passion and dedication of John and Dorothy Renton. In 1922, this dynamic duo purchased the property and began transforming it into the botanical haven it is today. Over the years, they collected an impressive array of rare and exotic plants from all corners of the globe, carefully cultivating and arranging them into this delightful two-acre masterpiece.
The garden was bequeathed to the National Trust for Scotland in 1964, ensuring its preservation and allowing future generations to revel in its splendor.
Despite its relatively small size, Branklyn Garden boasts an exquisite design that maximizes the use of every inch of space. The garden is divided into a series of themed sections, each offering a unique horticultural experience. There's even a few rubber ducks to spot, a wormery, and bee hives.
There's a small cafe filled to the brim with charm and sophistication. It was a pleasant surprise to find a selection of vegan cakes on offer. They only have almond milk as an alternative but in a place as wonderful at Branklyn Gardens, it wasn't a biggie. Hot drinks are served with proper China cups and cute tea cosies. I felt very fancy.
The staff were friendly and knowledgable, eager to talk and give further inside into the gardens. There's a small shop packed with Scottish gifts and they even had a small selection of plants for sale, many grown from their own cuttings and starting at just £1.50.
It cost £7.50 for myself to get in and was free for Mum and Dad as they're National Trust members.
If you find yourself in the vicinity of Perth, don't miss the opportunity to explore this enchanting garden and immerse yourself in its beauty and serenity. I could have stayed there all day!
Postcode for your sat nav: PH2 7BB
One adult family £12.50
Young Scot £1.00