The garden at Ardtornish has been sculpted out of a rocky hillside from every part of which there are extensive views south west along Loch Aline to the northern hills of the Isle of
The soil is shallow, stoney, acid, and wet or boggy in many places. Rainfall averages 85 inches (2150mm) and gales occur frequently.
Despite these apparent drawbacks, many fine plants thrive here, plants which can be difficult in drier regions. To the front of Ardtornish House is a fine verandah, adjoining a mixed border and formal lawn which had more Cotula (an unusual weed from New Zealand) and moss than grass until a fairly recent re-sowing improved this.
Eucryphia x nymansensis
"The Ardtornish Garden" by Faith Raven includes a short history of the Garden, with photographs of the people who have owned it and of the people who have worked in it and of the plants they grew. It describes the changing colours of the seasons in the Garden and how the work of the gardener has to fit in with the difficulties of the climate. Take a tour of the Garden using the detailed maps and see some of the best view points and the most interesting plantings. 105pp
£10 plus £2.60 postage and packing.
Phone:01967 421288 and ask for Alan.
Email: The Ardtornish Garden
Write: Ardtornish Estate, Morvern, Oban, Argyll PA80 5UZ