Expert insight into Floors Castle gardens

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Garden enthusiasts will have the rare opportunity to enjoy an escorted tour of the stunning garden and grounds of Floors Castle in Kelso, Scottish Borders as part of this year’s Massed Pipe Bands Day event on August 28.

The Castle’s acclaimed head gardener Andrew Simmons (former head gardener at Balmoral), will give interested groups a personal tour of the Castle’s garden showcasing some of its many features including the walled garden, kitchen garden and Millennium garden.

The garden layout originates from a formal design by William Adam in the first half of the 18th Century but a less formal landscape evolved during the life of the 6th Duke who created the walled garden in the late 1850s. This walled garden now features herbaceous borders, a fruit cage, vinery and peach house.

Other highlights of the grounds include the Millennium Parterre designed in the traditional French style and featuring the linked initials of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe, the Star Plantation linking the Walled Garden to the rest of the grounds, and the riverside walks. Other attractions at the Massed Pipe Bands Day include performances by over 150 pipers and drummers, highland dancers, children’s activities.

As part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Borders Festival of The Horse, there is the chance to see the spectacular mounted Household Cavalry regiment that escorted Prince William and Kate Middleton at their wedding perform the “Musical Ride’ – a complex display of military and equine skills set to music.