Crarae Gardens

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Place Category: History, Bronze Age & Prehistoric sites, Nature, Forests, and Nature Reserves

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  • Crarae is one the finest examples of Himalayan-style woodland gardens in Britain. The 50 acre site is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the banks of Loch Fyne in Argyll, Scotland.

    Crarae Garden was created in 1912 by Lady Grace Campbell, the aunt of intrepid plant hunter Reginald Farrer, who sourced trees and shrubs from China, Nepal and Tibet.

    The lower garden at Crarae is also home to a neolithic chambered burial cairn.

    Crarae Gardens are home to one of three National Collections of Nothofagus (the Southern or false beech) in the UK. They are planted throughout the gardens with a number of larger specimens in the upper Eucalyptery.

    The gardens are managed by the National Trust for Scotland and also supported by The Friends of Crarae, a small charity concerned with the preservation and enhancement of the historically and botanically important Garden of Crarae.

    There is also a seasonal plant sale area next to the Visitor Centre.

    The National Trust Visitor Centre, gift shop and cafe is open from April to October, times do vary with the seasons; the gardens are open all year round from 09:30 to dusk.

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