Gardening for the Queen

Brian Corr, head gardener, talks about the gardens at Balmoral

By Historic Houses

The front lawn at Balmoral Castle (2019-03) by BalmoralHistoric Houses

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Balmoral is the Scottish country home of HM Queen Elizabeth II, set against the backdrop of Scotland's Cairngorm National Park. Here, Brian Corr, head gardener, talks about the gardens.

Richly composted beds at Balmoral (2021-03) by BalmoralHistoric Houses

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The gardens include a large Conservatory, glasshouses, vegetable and cutting garden as well as a series of sunken gardens, terraces and herbaceous borders. 

Geraniums in the Glasshouses at Balmoral (2020-07) by BalmoralHistoric Houses

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An impressive variety of geraniums are grown for display in the house when the Queen is in residence for the Court Period in August. The colourful display of hothouse blooms also makes them firm favourites with members of the public.

Queen of Scots, Sovereign of the Most Ancient and Noble Order of the Thistle and Chief of Chiefs (2010) by Julian CalderScottish National Portrait Gallery

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HM Queen Elizabeth here wears the robes of the Order of the Thistle, Scotland's senior chivalric order but in the gardens at Balmoral she is on holiday and can relax with her family.

Winter snow in the gardens at Balmoral (2021-01) by BalmoralHistoric Houses

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Winters can be harsh in the Highlands of Scotland and the gardening team at Balmoral often have to contend with snow that can lie for months. 

Seedlings ready for planting out at Balmoral (2021-03) by BalmoralHistoric Houses

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The gardening team at Balmoral delay planting tender seedlings until the early summer. Even in June they may need protection at night.

Organic vegetables growing at Balmoral (2020-07) by BalmoralHistoric Houses

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The entire garden at Balmoral is run on organic principles. The gardening team lavish attention on soil condition and employ companion planting as one of several strategies to discourage pests.

Bees in the Lily border at Balmoral (2020-07) by BalmoralHistoric Houses

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Employing organic methods of pest control in the gardens at Balmoral allows all forms of beneficial pollinators to thrive.

Borders in the South Garden at Balmoral (2020-07) by BalmoralHistoric Houses

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Visitors enjoy the gardens at Balmoral through Spring and early Summer before the Royal Family arrive for their holidays in August.

The delphinium border at Balmoral (2020-07) by BalmoralHistoric Houses

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The new delphinium border shows off the subtle shades of these stately perennials to best advantage and is an important recent addition to the ever evolving gardens at Balmoral.

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