Croft to open its doors for Scotland’s Gardens scheme

Helen Rushton
Helen Rushton

Nature lovers from across the north-east will have a rare opportunity to see wildflowers at a special event next month.

As part of the Scotland’s Gardens initiative, Helen Rushton is inviting members of the public to the grounds of her family’s renovated croft house at Rothienorman, near Inverurie, on Sunday, July 3.

Helen’s garden has been a labour of love for 25 years, and the upcoming open day will mark the ninth time she has hosted an event under the scheme.

The 1.5 acre grounds started as grassland, and have been transformed to become home to rare horticultural attractions including five species of gigantic Himalayan lilies and the seldom-seen Scottish primrose along with many other rare and unusual plants.

Visitors can tour a gravel plot with alpines, an orchard, herbaceous borders, fruit and vegetable garden, pond and labyrinth.

The garden also includes nesting sites for birds.

Bruckhills Croft will be open on the day from 12pm to 5pm, with admission £4 for adults and free for children.

Plants, tea and homebakes will be on sale.

The garden is also open by arrangement during July.

The funds raised will be split between Befriend a Child, Advocacy Aberdeen and beneficiaries of Scotland’s Gardens, which include Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres and the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland.

Helen said: “The garden is constantly evolving. We have something new every year. We’ve experimented with rabbit-proof planting, although deer-proofing is proving to be more of a challenge. The Himalayan Lily should be in flower for the open day.

“Hopefully people will come out to enjoy the afternoon in the garden, while raising money for some good causes as well. More than 200 charities will benefit from the Scotland’s Gardens scheme which celebrates its 85th anniversary this year.”

To find the gardens from Rothienorman take the B9001 north, just after Badenscoth Nursing Home (approximately 2.5 miles) turn left, and after 1 mile you will be directed into a field behind the croft.