Historic Walled Garden

Discover Living Heritage


Welcome to the Walled Garden, and it’s immediate surrounds – over ten years in the restoration and continually being developed.

“few people have worked so hard on their garden as you have especially in terms of introducing so much variety – it’s been an inspiration to me and I’m sure lots of other people too and this will continue”

One of only nine private gardens in Scotland to be awarded Partner Garden Status by The Royal Horticultural Society.

Housing part of the National Collection of Backhouse Narcissus a unique collection of  many rare daffodils bred over three generations of our forbears the Backhouse family between the mid 1800’s and the mid 1900’s.

Spring brings – the Spring bulbs including Galanthus, Narcissus and Tulip,  Fruit tree blossoms, Auricula and Iris. Backhouse introduced Erica carnea, heaths and heathers, New Scree and Rock garden Alpine plants.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the threat to our plants, trees and woodlands, The Department of Agriculture has asked us to use Foot Mats to contain the likes of ell worm and Phytophthora ramorum. This is placed at the entrance to the garden and we would ask you to walk both feet through it, as it contains diluted Jeyes fluid to help stop the cross contamination from garden to garden. Thank you for your understanding. 

The National Collection Backhouse Daffodils. See the stately ‘Emperor’ and ‘Empress’ daffodils bred by William Backhouse the first of the daffodil raising dynasty, Mrs RO Backhouse his daughter in law always remembered for her namesake daffodil the most widely known and widely grown pink daffodil for over 90 years ‘Mrs RO Backhouse’ her husband RO Backhouse raised the showy double ‘Glowing Phoenix’ and their son William Ormston Backhouse the first division 1 red trumpet. Lovely sparkling white ‘Niveth’ was raised by Henry Backhouse, RO Backhouse’s brother. All these beautiful heritage daffodils grow in the garden here at the Backhouse Centre in Rossie Estate and are much loved and we admit it, occasionally talked to! We hope you like them too.

Summer – herbaceous borders, colorful perennials, rarities, and grasses. Potager with cut flowers,  soft fruit herbs and vegetables. Scented roses scramble over archways above the DNA Pathway alongside Lilium and Dianthus, new Allium plantings surround a grass Labyrinth, Water feature, Glass house, Shade borders. Shrubbery walk, Summer flowering heaths and heathers.

Autumn – Hardy and half hardy  Nerines, Autumn crocus, Dahlia’s, Herbaceous borders, Crocosmia and late flowering perennials, Monastery walk (shrubs), Changing leaf colours, conkers,  Soft fruits and Apple harvest, Grass labyrinth, Water feature, Glass House.

‘I started to remake my mother’s garden but ended up creating my own’ – Alice Walker

“In that story I gathered up the historical and psychological threads of the life my ancestors lived, and in the writing of it I felt joy and strength and my own continuity. I had that wonderful feeling writers get sometimes, not very often, of being with a great many people, ancient spirits, all very happy to see me consulting and acknowledging them, and eager to let me know, through the joy of their presence, that, indeed, I am not alone.”

Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Prose