Dumfries & Galloway possesses some of the loveliest
gardens in Scotland, both large and small, along with a wide range
of specialist nurseries which, together provide a mecca for the
garden lover. The Dumfries and Galloway Gardens and Nurseries
Association was formed to promote the gardens and nurseries
of Dumfries and Galloway for the benefit of visitors and the local
economy, and all our member gardens and nurseries are represented
in this site. For further information about the Association click
The region is blessed by a mild oceanic climate, a
product of the warming influence of the Gulf Stream. We also have
mostly free-draining and lime-free soils and are generally less
exposed to strong winds and hard frosts than areas further north.
This combination is not only ideal for growing rhododendrons and
azaleas, which are the pride of many gardens within the region,
but also a diverse range of other plants from many different parts
of the world.
In addition to favourable growing conditions, Dumfries
& Galloway has seen a succession of imaginative gardeners, who have
left behind a legacy of gardens of different periods and styles.
These range from historical stalwarts, such as the 2nd Earl of Stair
at Castle Kennedy and Lord Garlies and Captain Neil McEacharn at
Galloway House .....to many of our talented and inventive present
day gardeners. Through the work of the School of Practical Gardening
at Threave, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway continues to
contribute to international horticulture.