Dawyck Botanic Garden
Dawyck is an exceptional example of an arboretum. It is located just south of Peebles, at Stobo, and is part of the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh.
Dawyck was recently awarded 5 star status by VisitScotland, making it the first garden in Scotland to achieve world class recognition.
As with many aroboreta, Dawyck is perhaps at its most beautiful during autumn when the leaves turn. However, the garden has been planned to over interest in every season, with many fine tree specimens, including rare and exotic species, underplanted with seasonal bulbs and perennials, and complimented by acid-soil shrubs such as azaleas and rhododendrons.
The garden is open from 1 February to 30 November.
J. C Loudon was the first writer to use the word ‘arboretum’ in his 1838 book, Arboretum et Fruticetum Britannicum. Loudon describes ‘collecting trees from a distance… to assemble them into one plantation or arboretum.’