Crathes Castle Garden

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Address and contact details
Crathes, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, AB31 5QJ
Tel: 01330 844 525
Fax: 01330 844797
Web site:
Latitude: 57° 4' 5" N
Longitude: 2° 26' 19" W
Background to the collection
Ownership:The National Trust for Scotland
Umbrella organisation:PlantNetwork (NT) and Individual, National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens, The National Trust for Scotland
Head Gardener: Mr James Hannaford
Total Staff:23
Total Horticultural Staff:23
Accessions:Specific policy for national collection of Malmaison carnations.
Physical environment
Altitude:75 m
Soil type:Acid
Total area:Walled Garden 1.6 ha, Estate 222 ha.
Area heated:300 m²
Weather recordsNo
Strength:Below average
Average annual:730 mm
Plant collection
Notable plants within the collection:
Taxus baccata topiary from early 1700s
Geographical area(s) of specialisation:
China, Northwestern USA, Northeastern USA, E. Siberia, U.K.
Special genera within the collections:
Viburnum, Rosa, Clematis, Dianthus, Taiwania, Berberis, Deutzia, Philadelphus, Taxus, Iris, Lonicera, Thalictrum, Phlox, Paeonia, Davidia, Arthrotaxis, Abies
Special collections:
Malmaison carnations, NCCPG, – 12 Accessions, 30 Plants.
Record Keeping:Kept since 1929
Computerised - currently being updated.
Record System:Currently changing from Demeter
Plant-collecting trips:No
Facilities on site
Research facilities:No
Publications:Yes. Most recent: Susan Bennett, The Gardens and Landscape of Crathes Castle: A Four Hundred Year Story
Identifications:Undertakes identifications for visitors and members. Internal verification of material
Teaching and Education:Primary, secondary, public education
Interpretation:Supervised garden walks, brochures, lectures
Friends Organisation:No
Visitor facilities:Restaurant, plant shop, gift shop, Go-Ape Adventure, Woodland and Estate walks.
Access to the collections
Access conditions:As per the garden opening times
Public access:Admission charge
Visitors per year:82,000
Public opening hours:Varied opening times throughout the year - please refer to NTS website
Guiding principles behind the collection
Generally, as defined by the founding principles of The National Trust for Scotland and specifically, to develop and maintain the garden according to the Arts and Crafts style and principles.
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