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    Gardens of Southern Scotland

    Scotland's long history of horticultural beauty

    This tour has ended but we hope you enjoy reading about the gardens and sights of Southern Scotland. Please join us on another unique AHS tour.

    We visited world renowned public landmarks as well as private gardens, where the owners kindly and exclusively opened their gates for the American Horticultural Society.

    J. Dean Norton accompanied us on this tour. He is the Director of Horticulture for George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. With a degree in plant sciences from Clemson University, Dean is one of the most passionate and personable horticulturists you will ever meet.

    Our tour leader was Specialtours’ Verity Smith. Verity studied history of art at Bristol University and has a particular interest in architecture. Verity led our successful AHS trip to Gloucestershire and the Chelsea Flower Show in 2014. 




    • Explored renowned gardens including the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the Garden of Cosmic Speculation.
    • Visited Abbotsford House, the restored home of Sir Walter Scott (the author of Ivanhoe), with gardens he designed.
    • Enjoyed a reception on board the Royal Yacht Britannia, one of the most famous ships in the world and former home to Her Majesty The Queen.

    Top-rated accommodations


    • The Blythswood Square hotel in Glasgow, is a 5-star spa hotel overlooking beautiful gardens and one of the most elegant and chic properties in this culturally rich city.
    • The Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian, affectionately known as “The Caley,” sits in the shadow of the Edinburgh Castle and is just a two-minute walk from the designer stores and fashionable bars of George Street.
    • The Roxburghe Hotel in Roxburghshire, set in the beautiful Scottish Borders region, boasts a championship golf course and is also noted for its personal touches.


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