Last castle garden open day for the Keenans

Pictured from left are - Lee Harris (WEP gardener), Richard Keenan (co Head gardener), Conor Cook (gardener), Laura Keenan (co Heady), Ian Mcnicol (incoming Head gardener), Elaine McNicol and Ed Christie. (gardener).

Pictured from left are - Lee Harris (WEP gardener), Richard Keenan (co Head gardener), Conor Cook (gardener), Laura Keenan (co Heady), Ian Mcnicol (incoming Head gardener), Elaine McNicol and Ed Christie. (gardener).

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THE WEATHER was good as Lord and Lady Dalhousie opened the garden at Brechin Castle for the Scotland’s Garden Scheme charity for the 71st year in succession.

Although the sun played hide and seek all afternoon it was warm and very pleasant in the garden.

Despite the lateness of spring this year there were plenty of rhododendrons to dazzle the eyes, and the added bonus of great swathes of daffodils still in bloom thanks to the slow start. Visitors were delighted by the heady perfume of Rhododendron edgeworthii blooming in the tender house and that of the hyacinths around the fountain.

A great many families came on the day and the children enjoyed the games and activities under the supervision of Helen Christie.

The gardens will be open again this year alongside the castle from the May 25 to June 23, and will be well worth a visit then, as they are at any time of year.

It’s a time of transition for the garden staff as joint head gardeners Laura and Richard Keenan will be leaving for pastures more southerly. The post will be filled by Ian McNicol, who held the post until seven years ago.

Lauren and Richard commented: “Good luck to him and wife Elaine in the best garden in Angus.”

For more pictures from the open day, see next week’s Brechin Advertiser.