Recognition for former Brechin Castle gardener from horticultural society

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A former Brechin Castle gardener has been awarded a certificate of merit by the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.

Kevin Whyte, who is now head gardener at Glenbervie House by Stonehaven, had previously worked as under-gardener at Brechin Castle Centre.

Kevin received his honour at the society’s annual general meeting earlier this month in the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.

The outgoing Honorary president, Jim McColl, and his successor, George Anderson, presented Caley Awards to 16 recipients from all over Scotland. Certificates of merit awards were handed out to seven recipients, including Kevin.

The society re-introduced the certificate of merit in 2002, and they are awarded annually to acknowledge a wide range of service to gardening or horticulture.

Kevin started his gardening career with Angus District Council, learning the job from Harry Myles. He moved to Kemback House, near Cupar, in 1981 before spending time at Usan Estate, which has a walled garden.

It was after this job, that Kevin joined the team of gardeners at Brechin Castle. During his three-and-a-half year spell at Brechin, he helped prepare the gardens for the annual Scotland’s Gardens Open day.

He then moved to Dunninald near Montrose, where he developed the walled garden in to an ornamental fruit, vegetable and flower garden with great success.

Kevin moved to his current position as head gardener at Glenbervie House in 2003, where he maintains the walled garden, greenhouses and grounds.

His employer at Glenbervie House, commented: “Kevin works exceedingly hard and is meticulous in all he does.

“He is a very skilled gardner and the garden is always at a very high standard. He enjoys a challenge and works at his very best when implementing innovations to the garden.”