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1st April - 31st October; daily; 10 am - 5pm.
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Sunday 16th June
April - October
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Sculptured landforms and rhododendrons and herbaceous borders
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Creebridge House Hotel, Minnigaff, Newton Stewart
Plantings, half a mile away.
The sixteenth century, but now ruined, castle is set in 75 acres of landscaped terraces and avenues and stands on a peninsula between two large natural lochs, the Black Loch and the White Loch. The gardens are famous not only for the collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and embothriums, but also for the Monkey Puzzle Avenue planted in about 1890 from the first imported seed. The garden is best understood as a Scots interpretation of Bridgeman's style.
The garden was laid out by the 2nd Earl of Stair, with work carried out by the Royal Scots Greys and the Inniskilling Fusiliers. Stair was a Field Marshall and the garden has 'military' grass terraces and a 2 acre circular lily pond.