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Perthshire – Tea Garden and Orchard Tour, Megginch Castle



The Drummonds of Megginch are an ancient Scottish family who have been farming at Megginch Castle since 1660.

In 1785 one Camillia bush was brought back by Captain Robert Drummond on his East Indian Tea Clipper. This same bush, still growing in the garden, inspired the current family to grow Camillia sinensis (tea) bushes on a larger scale and they have created a small tea plantation within the walled garden.

The castle grounds also include a ten-acre heritage orchard housing over 1,400 fruit trees with two National collections. The tour will be led by Catherine Drummond-Herdman, 12th of Megginch, environmentalist and pomologist.

Members will have a tour of the gardens, learn about the process of growing and plucking tea. Then move into the orchard to examine and, depending on the growing season so far, taste some of the 384 apple varieties.

The afternoon will finish up with tea, sandwiches and cake and a chance to ask Catherine questions and network with each other.

  • 2.00 – Meet and greet at the front of the Castle with Catherine Drummond-Herdman
  • 2.15 – Walk through the gardens to see the tea plantation & learn how it is grown and used
  • 3.15 – Move into the orchard to look at the heritage fruit trees
  • 4.00 – Tea and questions

The cost of this visit is £25 for members and £30 non-members.



Event Details

Date: September 07, 2024

Start time: 14:00

End time: 16:30