Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Paying too much for broadband? Move to PlusNet broadband and save£££s. Free setup now available - terms apply. PlusNet broadband.  

 

Castle of Mey Opens Jubilee Rose Garden

28th August 2012

Photograph of Castle of Mey Opens Jubilee Rose Garden

The charity which runs The Castle of Mey, the Caithness home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, celebrated the Diamond Jubilee and commemorated the 10th anniversary of HM The Queen Mother's passing by officially opening a new rose garden on Saturday 25th August.

The Diamond Jubilee Rose Garden, with flowers all specifically chosen by HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, is situated in the walled garden, which was a favourite place of Her Majesty The Queen Mother and her corgis. She regularly frequented the Shell Garden on her visits to her Caithness home.

The new garden will be full of blooming roses of all sizes and colours, and is a fitting tribute of the anniversary of the Gathering of The Queen Mother as well as the important milestone of the Diamond Jubilee.

Ashe Windham, Chairman of The Castle of Mey Trust comments: "2012 has been an important year in the history of the Royal family as well as the Castle of Mey and we are delighted that we have been able to commemorate such important milestones with such fitting tributes - our new Rose Garden and our exhibition. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother bought the Castle of Mey in 1952, and the castle, as well as the gardens, had been neglected for some years. However, The Queen Mother's dedication to the building as well as her passion for gardening ensured that life within and outwith the Castle thrived. We are proud to have continued the work that was started here 60 years ago with as much pride, love and hard work as there has ever been. "

From 1962, head gardener James Sinclair began work in restoring the gardens to their full glory. Sandy Webster continued the work and then, in 2000, Grant Napier became head gardener. Gradually and successfully he adapted the gardens so that there is now more for the visitors to enjoy during the season when the gardens are open to the public.

Gardening Consultant Day Howden now gives regular input to help with extending the season and in 2011, Olga Ridley took over and as an experienced and passionate plantswoman has continued to make great progress. Olga, says: "We are delighted to be opening the new Diamond Jubilee Rose Garden for our visitors to enjoy and appreciate. Being based in the most northerly point of Scotland does give us challenges when choosing plants and getting them to successfully grow, but through picking the right flowers and our own perseverance anything is possible! The Queen Mother even managed to nurture her favourite old rose, Albertine, into scented abundance behind the Great Wall of Mey and this rose, along with a host of beautiful blooms chosen by HRH Prince Charles will all be part of our new Rose Garden."

The Diamond Jubilee Rose Garden is the second tribute made by the Castle and the Trust, which has already launched an exclusive exhibition of photographs of HM The Queen Mother within Caithness and The Castle of Mey as well as displaying exclusive images and memorabilia from the 1952 Coronation.

The exhibition, which was curated by Christine Shearer - and is housed in Chauffeur's Cottage near the Castle - has already been a popular addition with the Castle's visitors.

The Diamond Jubilee Rose Garden, along with the exhibition, is dedicated to the memory of the much-loved owner of The Castle of Mey, who, over a period of fifty years, bought the building and the gardens back to life. Her Majesty's legacy lives on through the Trust and thanks to the annual visits to the Castle of HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay and the North Highland Initiative, which he launched in August 2005 to promote and develop the economy and to support the rural communities of the North Highlands.

 

Related Businesses

 

Related Articles

Castle Of Mey Awarded £193,440 By Historic ScotlandThumbnail for article : Castle Of Mey Awarded £193,440 By Historic Scotland
£1.5 MILLION AID FOR HISTORIC BUILDINGS.   More than £1.5 million has been awarded to help repair seven historic buildings across Scotland as part of Historic Scotland's Building Repairs Grants scheme.  
Wedding Fayre At Castle Of MeyThumbnail for article : Wedding Fayre At Castle Of Mey
Sunday 28th October at Castle of Mey.  
Castle Of Mey Photos and Memorabelia Exhibition
Castle of Mey Celebrates and Commemorates with an exhibition of exclusive photographs and memorabilia "When I came here, I felt at once at home and among friends" *The charity which runs The Castle of Mey, the Caithness home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, will be celebrating the Diamond Jubilee and commemorating the 10th anniversary of HM The Queen Mother's passing by opening an exhibition of exclusive memorabilia and never-seen-before photographs.   Open from May 1st 2012, the exhibition will showcase the affection and dedication HM The Queen Mother had for Caithness and The Castle of Mey as well as displaying exclusive images and memorabilia from the 1952 Coronation.  
Prince Of Wales Opens New Visitor Centre At Castle Of Mey
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall today opened a visitor's centre built in memory of The Late Queen Mother.   The 900,000 centre is based at The Castle of Mey, The Queen Mother's former summer residence.  
Mey Selections Barrogill North Highland Blended Malt LaunchedThumbnail for article : Mey Selections Barrogill North Highland Blended Malt Launched
Inver House Distillers and North Highland Products launched the first ever North Highland Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, Barrogill, as part of the prestigious Mey Selections range of food and drink products, at the Castle of Mey in Caithness today.   Mey Selections Barrogill Blended Malt Scotch Whisky takes its name from the history and heritage of the Castle of Mey, the most northerly castle on the Scottish mainland just a few miles from John o'Groats.  

[Printer Friendly Version]