Strathspey Open Gardens

Abernethy Open Gardens

2012: Abernethy Open Gardens

Started in 2004 and modelled after a similar scheme in New Zealand, Strathspey Open Gardens raises about £1,000 to £2,000 each year for a small local group or charity when they themselves find it difficult to get funding. Each year the group receiving the cash is a different one but it is always based in the Nethy Bridge area.

About 10 to 12 private gardens open on a specific Sunday in late June or early July and anyone buying a ticket can wander around the gardens to get ideas of plantings, chat to other gardeners or maybe the garden owner.

An option is to have a home-made lunch of soup and sandwiches or afternoon tea and cakes from the Community Centre at the heart of Nethy. This was for the first 9 years served at Auchendean Lodge where folk could enjoy their food whilst taking in the wonderful views of Strathspey and the Cairngorm Mountains.

A garden from Grantown-on-Spey on show

A garden from Grantown-on-Spey on show

Originally called Abernethy Garden Tour, then Abernethy Garden Party, this became Abernethy Open Gardens for many years before the title was widened out to more accurately reflect the gardens it included from Grantown-on-Spey, to Dulnain Bridge; Boat of Garten, Street of Kincardine and on to Tulloch – and so became known as Strathspey Open Gardens.