Sunday, September 25, 2011

Mosaic Monday - Inverewe Garden





The most famous of Scotland's gardens is situated in the Northwest and very far north (latitude 57.8 degrees), about the same latitude as Hudson's Bay here in Canada. It is an oasis of greenery and colour warmed by the Gulf Stream and able to sustain plants from many temperate regions of the world.

It was started by Osgood Mackenzie in 1862 when he was 20 years old. By 1870 it was well on its way by establishing shelter belts of Native and Scandinavian pines, to provide protection from the strong winds and salt spray. He concentrated on the walled garden, reclaiming seashore with good soil reputed to have been bought from Ireland.

Osgood's daughter, Mairi, took over the garden on her father's death in 1922. The present Inverewe House was built by her second husband in 1935 the original having been destroyed by a fire. Mairi continued to care for the garden, opening it to the public for the first time during World War II. Before she died in 1953 she made arrangements for the National Trust for Scotland to take over responsibility for the garden.

Mary from Little Red House hosts Mosaic Monday and would love for you stop in and view the beautiful images everyone contributes.

Have a wonderful week!!!

30 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Lovely gardens! It looks like a beautiful place to spend the day. Lovely photos and mosaic. Have a great week!

Marydon said...

Awesome! Wow! I wish we had visited here when we were in Scotland, the warm inviting country.

TY for sharing.

Have a beautiful week.
TTFN ~
Marydon

Rohrerbot said...

Beautiful gardens. Hopefully I'll make it to that part of the world one day:) Thanks for sharing.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Looks absolutely fascinating and beautiful.

Snap said...

I'm really enjoying your trip to Scotland. I do love gardens and Inverewe House Garden is a real winner!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Such a lovely garden. Love the walls. V

Georgianna said...

I've always wanted to visit there, Jen. I'm just amazed at those colorful borders that seem to be thriving so far north. I'm sure I could learn something from the gardeners there!

Enjoying your Scotland photos so much! Have a great week.

– g

Pieces of Sunshine said...

This is an amazing garden and it has quite a history too. Your photos are wonderful, capturing the delights for us all to enjoy.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

This is an amazing garden and it has quite a history too. Your wonderful photos have captured the delights for us all to enjoy.

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

You've captured the most beautiful images!!! Love all the garden shots but I love the doorway shots so much!!! Have a beautiful week!!!

podso said...

This is a stunning mosaic ... so interesting and you captured it well it seems!

Carol said...

What a beautiful place! Gorgeous gardens and what a stunning view. Terrific captures, I enjoyed your post.

Pondside said...

Places like this are national treasures - so good that generous owners deed them on so that generations can enjoy them.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Stunning, beautiful gardens...I can see how they would inspire these mosaics!

Lorrie said...

Gardens like this are beautiful places of creativity and peace. I love the long beds radiating from the walkway.

Naturegirl said...

Love the gardens you show wonderful images of a far away garden!

Teagarden said...

What a lovely garden! Thanks for sharing!
Have a nice week,
Markus

GrandmaK said...

So very lovely! A real national treasure! Have a wonderful day! Cathy

Jann Olson said...

Breathtaking! I can just see the Scottish feel. All of your mosiacs are wonderful. Must go there someday!

Jill Harrison said...

oh wow! what an amazing place - and such a beautiful garden. I would be in heaven! thank you for taking me there. I love the framing in the last shot.
Thankyou also for stopping by my blog and saying hi. Have a wonderful week.

Riet said...

OH WOW what a beautiful garden . I have two favorites , second row left and bottom row left. All that blue is gorgeous. I must keep Scotland in mind. Would love to go there.
Riet

Icy BC said...

Gorgeous views and amazing garden! I feel all the beauty around me..

Giga said...

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Ingmarie We said...

Great photos and mosaic! Such beautiful gardens. I would love to visit there. Have a nice week.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a lovely garden with an interesting history. The rows of flowers and vegetables are so perfect and well cared for by the Natonal Trust of Scotland.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How amazing! I feel like I could enlarge each one of these photos and experience this beautiful garden right here on my computer! your photos are so clear and crisp! ♥

Cindy said...

Such a beautiful mosaic! I would love to be able to visit this garden!!!
Blessings,
Cindy

Sheila said...

What a fantastic and utterly beautiful garden. Your photos are beautiful. Thanks for taking us along.

Janet said...

You've been to one of my favourite gardens (apart from the midges!) it's an inspiring place for a gardener. Great photos make me all nostalgic. Time for a return visit!

Linda said...

Just visiting from Brookwood Letters, and curious to see your trip to Scotland. You seem to have experienced all the variety of Scottish weather in one day! It's always interesting to see one's country through other eyes. We were on Skye this summer, and had the most fantastic time.