Broughton House And Garden

This walled garden is a surprise and a delight; located behind a large historic 18th century house and gallery in a quaint seaside village on the South West coast of Scotland.

The building, garden, collections and archive are of national significance to Scotland, while its library ranks as internationally important.

Between 1901 and 1933, Edward A. Hornel, the renowned artist and member of ‘The Glasgow Boys” added an art gallery and a studio overlooking the gardens, which lead down to the estuary of the Dee. Edward was born in Australia on 17th July 1864 and died at Broughton House in 1933.

The Glasgow Boys were a group of artists influenced by the social realism of painters such as Jules Bastien-Lepage and Whistler. Hornel is particularly well known for his works such as Summer, The Coming of Spring and Seashore Roses.

Most of the garden is made up of dense plantings traversed by a network of paths. A wander through the garden continually reveals new vistas and unexpected features in both garden architecture and plant life.

Hornel’s artistic interest in Japanese culture and design lead the garden to be influenced by that style. It is also something of a plantsman’s paradise. The gardens cover an area of about 2 acres (0.8 hectares). The garden can be considered as a series of compartments of different character, containing a diverse collection of plants and many tone troughs and artifacts.

Broughton House can be found at:
12 High Street,
DG6 4JX.

From time to time, the garden is closed for conservation works, so it is advisable to check ahead before visiting.

More information about this magnificent garden can be found at the National Trust of Scotland website at
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