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Inveresk, East Lothian,
Scotland, EH21 7TH

0131 665 2570

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

WINTER: 10th February to 26th February Tuesday and Thursday 2-4pm
SPRING AND SUMMER: 14th April to 9th July Tuesday and Thursday 2-4pm
Best Times of Year to Visit: April - Early July
Open in aid of SGS and other charities

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 21st and 22nd February 11am to 4pm
In conjunction with 'Scottish Snowdrop Festival'.
Charity opening in aid of 'Scotland's Gardens' and 'Lamp of Lothian'
Artist's Prints and Cards for sale ENTRANCE £4.00

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 25th AND 26th April 11am to 4.0pm
Charity opening in aid of 'Scotland's Gardens' and 'lamp of Lothian' . .
Artist's Prints and cards for sale. No teas.

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Please contact by phone or email

Group Appointment: Yes

Please contact by phone or email

House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: Yes

(SGS days)

Best Times of Year to Visit:

Feb April - early July

To see:

Collection of 50 different species of Snowdrop Large collection of tulips and other bulbs. Early perennials. Roses. Rill parterre and potager.

Admission Prices

£4.00 by Honesty Box Groups Welcome by Arrangement

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: No
Teas: No
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: No
Plants for Sale: No
Refreshment: No
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: No
Picnics: No
Special Events: No
Other Facilities & Comments:
Garden Features & Events

New for 2014 Architect designed Shell House now fully complete.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Self-catering cottage can be booked at

Inns & Pubs:
Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

18th century village of Inveresk near to Musselburgh and 7 miles east of Edinburgh.

Description of Garden

The garden at Shepherd House was one of only two in Scotland featured in the late Rosemary Verey's book Secret Gardens and lives up to its reputation with many individual gardens nestling inside each other like Chinese boxes. It reveals itself slowly starting with the Millennium Garden nearest the house planted with lavender, irises, oriental poppies and salvias.

The main feature of the garden, however is the elegant stone rill flowing for 40 yards under rose covered arches planted with nepetia and alliums. The rill connects the central formal pond with a raised pond at the back of the garden containing four fountains which overflow to feed the rill.

Other features of the garden include a bulb meadow, a woodland garden, a knot garden, a shrub rose border and a rose-covered arbour.

History Of Garden

Shepherd House dates from 1690 and the garden is surrounded by high stone walls. Inveresk was a Roman camp so the ground has obviously been cultivated for hundreds of years. However, when the present owners moved to the property in 1957, the garden was a wilderness. After consulting ancient maps, they first restored the central path and began the task of clearing the remainder. They began re-designing the rest of the garden and slowly the garden has evolved. Remarkably, they have never employed a garden designer nor operated to a central plan.

NEW FOR 2014 - Architect designed Shell House

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