No.1 Shrub Place

From No.1 Shrub Place, Edinburgh, a dynasty of gardeners grew. No.1 Shrub Place was where Melville Christie and his wife Jane raised their family. Melville Christie was employed as a gardener … Continue reading No.1 Shrub Place

The Auld Gardener

John McGregor was Gardener for Dunblane. Today he would be called a “Council worker” but in his time his occupation was termed: “Statute Labourer”. John McGregor lived with his wife … Continue reading The Auld Gardener

Glassingall Gardener

Glassingall Mansion House, just North of Dunblane, was demolished in the months before my birth. I have seen photographs of it, and to my eyes, it looks to have been … Continue reading Glassingall Gardener

Keir Gardens

Keir estate is a most ancient one. For centuries it was owned by the Stirling family but is now in private ownership. If you have traveled on the M9 is … Continue reading Keir Gardens

Garden Cottage

For nearly half-a-century Nicol Cathie was gardener at Airthrey Castle. He and his wife lived in Garden Cottage by auld Logie Kirk. Garden Cottage has been abandoned for many years … Continue reading Garden Cottage

AYE

This film is a little bit mad. It features the village of Bridge of Allan in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic. The voices that you here are of Grayson … Continue reading AYE

Sandy Islet

On Monday I took a walk along the Allan Water towards Stirling and it’s castle. Leaving Mossgrove, I passed the play-park where children are currently no longer free to play … Continue reading Sandy Islet

“Golden Nap”

It is not recorded when sap stopped rising in this ‘Veteran Pear Tree’. It grew in the orchard of our family, in the charming village of Blairlogie. The above description … Continue reading “Golden Nap”

‘Nature’s Fashionable Lounge’

Today, I was [again] humbled by [another] happenstance reminder of how little I really know about the world that surrounds me! This reminder happened in the natural course of the … Continue reading ‘Nature’s Fashionable Lounge’

‘A life revisited’

What follows are a few extracts from ‘A Life Revisited’ by Philip Eade, which is a marvellous account of the life of Evelyn Waugh:    

from End to End

This short artistic film is about a gardener, who I call ‘the gentle gardener’.  This Victorian gardener carried the same name as me. He died in 1885 aged 57 years: … Continue reading from End to End

The Gardener

In a forthcoming film I will try to share, what I can, of an unknown gardener. Meantime, here are some words of literary gardeners, past and present: