Learn about all our local hidden delights

THE GARDEN History Society of Scotland are preparing to host a very special programme of presentations and visits.

Taking place on Saturday, September 8 at Brechin auditorium, in Brechin Business Park, members of the Angus Landscape Survey Group and guest speakers will set the mood for two afternoon visits.

Starting at 10am the day begins with registration and coffee before the 10.15am introduction.

At 10.30am Marilyn Brown, Royal Commission on the anicent and historic monumnets of Scotland, will present her talk ‘From Paradise to Wilderness.

Following Marilyn will be Alice Bremner who will delight her audience with a talk on Stracathro Walled Garden in anticipation of the visit there later in the day.

At 11.10am Vanessa Stephen, freelance landscape architect, will talk about restoring historic landscapes.

Dave Walsh of the Angus Landscape Survey Group will then discuss some Angus estates before Sue Hewes finishes the presentations by unravelling the setting of the House of Dun.

There is just over an hour’s break for lunch before the first of the two visits takes place at the Stracathro Walled Garden.

At 3pm, the group will leave for the House of Dun for the final visit of the day where they will enjoy a guided tour of the designed landscape.

The day will finish at 4.30pm.

A spokesperson for the group said: “Unlike the houses for which they provide the setting, gardens and designed landscapes are fragile, often subjected to change and sometimes abandoned. However, they are an important part of our heritage.

“This event is an opportunity to learn how to ‘read’ gardens and landscapes. gain insights into their conservation, discover how to interperet as well as admire what you see, see something of the wide variety of gardens and landscapes in Angus and enjoy some guided visits to two of these gardens.”

This fact filled and interesting day will cost just £10 including a buffet lunch, coffee and tea, however, your own transport for the visits is required.

To book a place, please send a cheque for £10 per person made payable to The Garden History Society to Sue Hewer, Clintlaw Farmhouse, Lintrathen, Kirriemuir, DD8 5JF.