Imagine wandering round a beautiful garden, glass of fizz in hand, with live music in the background on a Saturday evening in July – and all in aid of a worthwhile cause. Imagine no longer – this could become reality if you attend the private event in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support at Portmore Gardens near Eddleston. Starting at 4pm on Saturday 28 July, you get the chance to see Portmore Gardens in all its beauty, while refreshing yourself with fizz and canapes – and having a flutter on the raffle. There’s plenty of cover if the weather turns inclement, and there will also be the opportunity to buy plants grown on site. A photographer will also be on hand to record the occasion for you.
Portmore House stands in a pretty wooded spot some 900 feet above sea level, and the gardens include a 1.5 acre walled garden with double borders, potager, a rose garden, herb garden, ornamental fruit cages, restored Victorian glasshouses, and a grotto. The greenhouses are filled with fruit trees, tender plants, geraniums, pelargoniums and fuschias which supply the house with plants throughout the year. The Italianate grotto features ferns and lilies. Behind this is a vegetable and fruit garden, cold frames and a propagating house.
To the east of the walled garden is the Water Garden with a little stream bubbling down to a pond and meandering paths through specimen trees, shrubs, meconopsis and much more. There is also a charming woodland walk with views to the Peeblesshire hills.
Tickets cost £15. Enquiries to Liz Leith on 07557238875 (email@example.com) or Elizabeth Gray 07767345279 (Elizabeth.Gray@wynvr.co.uk)
Please note there is very limited disabled access.