The garden was the sole Scottish nomination, joining two other UK sites – Arundel Castle and Kew Gardens – in a 15-strong list of the ‘The world’s most beautiful gardens‘. Other gardens which featured in the list from across the globe include the Gardens of the Palace of Versailles and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York.
Attadale Gardens were designed and created by Nicky Macpherson following a severe storm in the 1980s. Her daughter, Joanna, has now taken over the reigns. She says: “Imagine our delight to be included in such distinguished company; it is a true accolade to my mother whose vision it was to create this beautiful garden and as we prepare to reopen to the public on 15 July, it couldn’t have come at a better time.”
The mild climate of Wester Ross is influenced by the Gulf Stream which allows many more tender plants to flourish and thrive while water features, magnificent trees and rhododendrons form the backdrop to this secret gem. There are several individual areas like the Peace Garden, the Sunken Garden, Japanese Garden and the Fernery and various sculptures dotted throughout the gardens.