One of only nine private gardens in Scotland to be awarded Partner Garden Status by The Royal Horticultural Society.
Housing part of the National Scientific Collection of Backhouse Narcissus a unique collection of many rare daffodils bred over three generations of our forbears the Backhouse family between the mid 1800’s and the mid 1900’s.
Spring brings – the Spring bulbs including Galanthus, Narcissus and Tulip, Fruit tree blossoms, Auricula and Iris. Backhouse introduced Erica carnea, heaths and heathers, New Scree and Rock garden Alpine plants.
Find out more about our opening times for Café, Gardens and available tours also wedding and events venue.
As we approach Spring, there are lots of lovely things to spot around the garden. The snowdrops, crocuses and snowflakes are out, and bees and butterflies have started to be spotted. The Christmas Rhododendron in our woodland is now in flower, and many other flowers are starting to emerge.
There is lots of wildlife to see in the garden including red squirrels, moorhens, long-tailed tits, redwings, bullfinches, treecreeper and sparrowhawk.
We have seasonal self-guided family trails around the garden. They are free with garden entry. At the moment we have the following trail(s):
Springo- Search for signs of Spring around the garden and draw a picture of each spring thing that you see, hear or smell!
Natural Play Area
We have a new natural play area in the garden. There are six fun play structures: the scramble ropes, plank walk, climbing tree, stump jump, Eucalyptus log and stepping stone walk.
How do people become gardeners? How do you know what to do and when? Do I even need a garden? What equipment do I need? How expensive is it? Am I fit enough? I prefer to/don’t want to work by myself….
Like every hobby, gardening has lots of areas of interest. You may be interested in growing food or possibly flowers for display or to improve the bee population. You may prefer using containers for growing or be interested in house plants, hot house plants, insect eaters or just chatting to people who are happy to share their knowledge with you.
As well as designing the house, Robert Lorimer also designed the 113 hectares of landscape at Hill of Tarvit, primarily with reference to its relation to the house. His aim was to enfold the façade of the house in a totally green setting. On the south side of the house, the sloping hillside allowed him to create extensive terracing. With its imposing central double staircase, the terrace gave views of Mr Sharp’s golf course beyond the topiary at the base which, along with the sunken rose garden, was added at the Sharps’ request.
Shelterbelts and walls create a localised micro-climate that allow less hardy plants to thrive here. Beyond the formal gardens are areas of more naturalistic planting.
Woodland walks are accessed from different areas in the grounds and link back to the mansion. Waymarked paths lead through the wider estate, one of which leads to the top of Tarvit Hill (211m), with magnificent views over the surrounding countryside.
The Centenary Walk gives views of the house and hill from the south. It also leads to the impressive doocot, probably dating from the late 18th or early 19th century, whose pigeons provided eggs in spring and summer, and fresh meat in winter before days of refrigeration.
The Gardens at Teasses boast a stunning collection of trees, shrubs and herbaceous perennials. Sixty acres have been lovingly turned into landscaped gardens and the greenhouses have been re-built. The gardens are open seasonally for visitors to meander through woodlands, formal gardens and our stunning Walled Garden. Find out more about our opening times and available tours.