If you listen very carefully you can almost hear the kookaburras singing their song as you enjoy a meal and look out onto the Wallis Family Garden Bed. A stunning staggered garden bed bordered at the top by roses and stepped with structural moss rocks.
This garden, full of cottage plants and bulbs, has something happening all year round, but blooms at its absolute best from November to April with special surprises in Spring. Enjoy the soft pink colour scheme of the roses including the Pierre de Ronsard rose, the Pink Moon Rose and the Thank You Rose dedicated to Bob Wallis by his daughter Michelle. And did you see the kookaburras watching you from the birdbath?
Romance and fun abound on the large, beautifully manicured lawns flowing out from the front of the house and framed by stunning well established deciduous and evergreen trees. Picnic on the lawns, chase the kids or get married under the giant English elm tree. The perfect venue for wedding photos, outdoor ceremonies, a marquee, outdoor cinema, a game of croquet or just a relaxing drink and some food. A delightful meeting place for locals and tourist alike with easy access from the street, carpark or Auchendarroch House.
Sit, stay and enjoy all year round. With each season you can discover something new and beautiful. These gardens have truly been transformed offering heritage with a modern twist. Original oak trees and ornamental pears surround the area with daffodil lined driveways, borders of agapanthus waiting to put on their flower display, dramatic trees offering their shade, roses and more roses delighting with their colour and fragrance, and adventure, surprises and romance all around. Inspiration for the home gardener, romantic photo opportunities for your wedding, a wide open space for the kids to run or a tranquil place to just sit and enjoy some food and drinks or just for the peace – Auchendarroch House gardens are open to everyone and have something for everyone.
Tapestry Sunlight and Shade
A gardener’s challenge, this visually amazing Tapestry Sunlight and Shade garden bed is under a blanket of thick shade but with a burst of full sun in the middle. Marvel at how this garden displays a tapestry of beautiful colours and textures all through the use of varieties of foliage like tree ferns and cordylines – the only flowers being the ever hardy yet visually spectacular Canna Lillies.
Joanna’s Garden of Serenity
You cannot help but feel relaxed as you move through Joanna’s Garden of Serenity. Named after Joanna Barr-Smith, the former owner of Auchendarroch House, this garden is at its best in winter where the shade loving plants are at their peak. A feeling of peace, serenity and old world charm engulfs you in this garden. Brimming with fernshy, clivea, geraniums, violets, pink bergenia and a border of hellebores. Amazing bulbs – bluebells, jonquils and snowdrops will spring to life to add to the calm, cool ambience of this garden. You might be lucky enough to catch the resident cookatoo survelling this garden from its favourite spot on the birdbath.
Heritage Rose Garden
No visit to Auchendarroch gardens is complete without a walk around the Heritage Rose Garden. Summer is the time to really take in this garden’s beauty with the pale pink through to apricot and red roses in full bloom. Be charmed by the Double Delight Hybrid Tea Rose with its citrus and spice fragrance and stunning red and cream blooms flowering from spring right through to autumn. See the La Sevillana Rose with its orange-red colour and mild fragrance and The Sir Donald Bradman Rose with its velvety dark red, long lasting blooms, long stems and strong fragrance which takes its place in this garden as a tribute to the cricket loving Wallis family. Romantic photo opportunities for bride and groom in front of the “Lover’s Statue”, and surrounded by roses, is nothing less than spectacular. The fragrances and colours are enchanting and with the choice of some modern roses like the Cinderella Climbing Rose, the Wallis family pay homage to their love of cinema and Disney.
Jemima’s Kitchen Garden
Who doesn’t love the tales of Beatrix Potter, and in particular the antics of Jemima Puddleduck! Potter’s influence can be felt in the garden with her English heritage, her love of Scotland and her passion for landscapes, flora and fauna. You can find Jemima and her friend in the aptly named Jemima’s Kitchen Garden which is bathed in winter sun and cool and shaded in summer, thanks to the amazing tree canopy it resides under. While beautiful, it is also practical, bursting with herbs like mint and thyme – and if you are there early enough you might just catch our Chef cutting fresh herbs for you to enjoy when you dine with us.
Garden Weave of Natives
Follow the stepping stones on a journey through the Garden Weave of Natives. Sit on a bench and relax and take in the natural beauty or escape along the meandering paths. Correas provide year round colour, hardy Australia Native Westringia attract the bees and small birds to visit and Erica’s compliment the history of the House with their Scottish Heather feel. Bordering the bed is the amazing Crepe Myrtle tree with distinct black foliage and masses of crimson blooms in summer. Explore the myriad of photo opportunities for weddings and tourists alike.
Auchendarroch Flora and Fauna This garden is hot! Full sun all day long – so here in Auchendarroch Flora and Fauna is where you can find the hardy, tough, sun-lovers. See the striking yuccas framing the edge of the garden bed and catch the magnificent magnolia when it bursts out in its stunning white flower. Cycads, cordyline, proteas and warratahs complete this magnificent display and are the inspiration behind the Auchendarroch House logo. Find the beautiful peacock, a symbol of spirituality, guidance, protection and watchfulness.
Auchendarroch Flora and Fauna
This garden is hot! Full sun all day long – so here in Auchendarroch Flora and Fauna
is where you can find the hardy, tough, sun-lovers. See the striking yuccas framing the edge of the garden bed and catch the magnificent magnolia when it bursts out in its stunning white flower. Cycads, cordyline, proteas and warratahs complete this magnificent display and are the inspiration behind the Auchendarroch House logo. Find the beautiful peacock, a symbol of spirituality, guidance, protection and watchfulness.
Dee Dee’s Secret Garden
Cross the lawns to Dee Dee’s Secret Garden. Roses are a feature in this delightful gem – a special place for Deanna Wallis to remember her grandfather and the special times they spent together. Dedicated to her grandfather and the short time she had with him are My Hero Rose, a rose of extraordinary health and vigour and Brief Encounter Rose with its single fragrant salmon pink blooms that last forever on the bush in all weather. Sit on the bench under the Manchurian Pear Tree and create your own special memories in this calming space full of sensory delights.