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Broadwoodside


A garden in Lowland Scotland. The buildings of a former farm steading, dating from the seventeenth century to the present day, surround two sheltered courtyards. Around the outside of these, the garden extends into the surrounding farmland and woods on an ambitious scale, with many areas of planting, a pond, temple and other incidents in the landscape.

People very often talk of starting a new garden with a blank canvas. Broad­woodside was more like painting by numbers: the layout was determined by the footprint of the existing buildings and the many old walls that surround them. Planting the garden has been like an exercise in ‘colouring-in’. But unlike a painting in a frame, a garden is always a work in progress, constantly changing. These changes are recorded on Instagram:

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‘A garden of singular style and wit … achieved with considerable aplomb and originality.’
Tim Richardson, The Daily Telegraph, 2018
‘I was spellbound by the wit and elegance at Broadwoodside – a garden created in less than two decades by Robert and Anna Dalrymple from derelict yards surrounding an ancient agricultural steading in East Lothian.’
David Wheeler, The Oldie, 2017
‘A garden that employs all the classical devices of symmetry, perspective and precise alignment but does so in such a witty fashion that the familiar becomes fresh and exciting.’
Agnes Stevenson, Garden Design Journal, 2015
‘This is one of Scotland's finest contemporary private gardens, with excellent structure, imaginative use of objects, and some of the most eye-catching planting in Scotland … Cutting-edge garden design combined with imaginative planting; who could ask for more?’
Kenneth Cox, Scotland for Gardeners, 2014
‘Broadwoodside proves that a well-designed garden can look beautiful all year.’
Anna Pavord, The Independent, 2013
‘Fast becoming one of the most influential new gardens in Scotland.’
Caroline Donald, The Sunday Times, 2012
‘A major new garden.’
Noel Kingsbury, Gardens Illustrated, 2010