The grounds of Balmaclellan House will be open to the public as part of Scotland’s Gardens Scheme

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The gardens of Balmaclellan House will be open to the public this weekend for Scotland’s Gardens Scheme.

The landscaped gardens are well worth a visit and of particular interest is a formal garden created in 2011 on the site of a former tennis court.

It stands in the six-acre woodland garden and its design is based on the Balmaclellan Mirror, a very early Iron Age bronze mirror found nearby and currently in the National Museum of Scotland.

The mirror was part of a hoard of objects found at Balmaclellan in the 19th century, spread across four separate parcels wrapped in coarse linen.

The decoration on the mirror was considered so evocative of Scottish Iron Age art that it featured on the frontispiece of Scotland in the Pagan Times by Joseph Anderson, keeper of the National Antiquarian Museum of Scotland.

The mirror is represented in the garden by a raised basin and other decorative elements from the original are replicated by raised beds and granite paving. Although the planting has been designed to provide year-round interest, it is particularly vibrant at this time of year with daffodils and tulips providing a colorful display.

A small wooden building dating from 1896 is where the resident minister is said to have written his sermons. It’s still an inspiring place with granite seating at strategic points on the woodland walks to take in the beautiful view of the Rhine from Kells.

The garden will be open on Sunday April 24 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Homemade teas and plant sales will be offered. Admission is £5, children are free and proceeds will go to the Glenkens Community and Arts Trust.

Balmaclellan House is on the B7075, just off the A712, approximately 22 km north of Castle Douglas.

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