Linn Botanic Gardens — Scotland
Where to start with Linn Botanic Gardens. Words fail us on this one and we couldn’t possibly capture everything we saw so you’ll have to trust us when we say it’s a humdinger.
Founded in 1971 by botanist Dr Jim Taggart, the gardens are the culmination of almost 50 years of love, hard work and a unique vision with plants sourced from all over the world. Described as a ‘botanical zoo’ the garden is made up of over 4000 different species that ordinarily grow miles and miles apart - this place is far from being a natural habitat and yet is wonderfully wild.
We found overgrown glasshouses, discarded brooms and handwritten labels everywhere - a real Haarkon wonderland that perfectly depicts the play between man and nature. This place is engineered by hand but very much under nature’s thumb. It’s spectacular, if you’ve got the correct footwear.
Before we visited Linn Botanic Gardens we read Alison Turnbulls book about the garden and found it a great introduction to the history and sentiment that has made it what it is. Yes the paths are a little indistinct but that’s just a reminder that the owner is now in his 90s (and charming as could be - we met him towards the end of our visit and felt very honoured to have done so) but what a place. What an experience.
We’d recommend reading Alison’s beautiful book and of course a real-life visit to Linn Botanic Gardens to walk the 1km waymarked route. Do it in any season and do it in every season. It will delight, inspire and no doubt move you as it did us.
Linn Botanic Gardens is open from dawn until dusk all year round. It’s £5 entry per person.