Dr Neil’s Garden is one of the most remarkable gardens in Edinburgh. Hidden behind the 12th Century Duddingston Kirk, it is so much more than a garden, it is a haven for people and wildlife. This secret garden is the result of the imagination, dedication & sheer hard work of Drs. Andrew & Nancy Neil. They began work on the garden in 1963 and their patients were encouraged to assist to benefit from the outdoor activity & the peace of its setting. A Trust was set up in 1997 to safeguard its future.
The planting is mainly conifers, rhododendrons, heathers & alpines interspersed with magnolias, azaleas & primulas & underplanted with spring bulbs. There are also herbaceous borders & a physic garden, a memorial to the founders & their life-long interests in horticulture & medicine
Claudia Poittier has been the gardener at Dr Neil’s since 2000 and now has the help of a loyal group of volunteers.
You will meet Claudia on arrival at 2pm and she will then take you on a tour of the garden where there will also be an opportunity to meet some of the volunteers.
The cost is £10 per person which includes a hot drink. Please bring weather appropriate clothing.