Torosay Castle & Gardens

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Address and contact details
Torosay Estate, Caignure, Isle of Mull, Argyll, PA65 6AY
Tel: 01680 812421
Fax: 01680 812470
Latitude: 56° 27' 18" N
Longitude: 5° 41' 27" W
Background to the collection
Ownership:Private, Mr C James
Mr Mike Swift
Mr C. James
Contact person: Mr Mike Swift
Total Staff:5
Physical environment
Altitude:1-40 m
Soil type:Sand, acid
Total area:6.9 ha
Other sites of collection:Chilean Woodland (Fenella's Wood)
Weather recordsRecords kept
Direction:South and west
Plant collection
Notable plants within the collection:
Cornus capitata one of the largest in the British Isles
Geographical area(s) of specialisation:
China, Australia, North and Central Mexico, Southern South America
Special families within the collections:
Cornaceae, Pinaceae, Compositae, Ericaceae, Eucryphiaceae, Flacourtiaceae, Myrtaceae, Primulaceae, Papaveraceae
Special genera within the collections:
Cornus, Pinus, Olearia, Rhododendron, Eucryphia, Azara, Myrtus, Primula, Meconopsis
Special collections:
Conifer, ICCP – 52 Genera, 98 Species, 99 Taxa, 135 Plants.
Record Keeping:Records kept
Plant-collecting trips:No
Facilities on site
Research facilities:No
Identifications:Undertakes free identifications for the general public. Internal verification of material
Teaching and Education:Potential for primary, secondary and taxonomic
Interpretation:Supervised garden walks, brochures
Friends Organisation:No
Visitor facilities:Restaurant, plant shop, gift shop
Access to the collections
Public access:Admission charge
Visitors per year:40,000
Public opening hours:Mon-Sun: 10am-dusk
Guiding principles behind the collection
The garden aims, firstly, to be enjoyed by the public, both local and holidaymakers; secondly, to house a series of plant collections, with the emphasis on Chile.
Location map

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