The Queen Elizabeth Walled Garden

Read about the stunning Queen Elizabeth Walled Garden at Dumfries House

The Queen Elizabeth Walled GardenDumfries House Estate

The Queen Elizabeth Walled Garden is perhaps the best known of all the gardens on the estate; the five-acre walled garden is one of the biggest in Scotland and features a notably steep drop of five metres from its highest to lowest points.

The Queen Elizabeth Walled GardenDumfries House Estate

The walled garden was redeveloped over a seven-year period by members of the East Ayrshire community, including adults with learning difficulties from the local Things Tae Dae group.The walled garden was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen & The Duke of Edinburgh in 2014

The Queen Elizabeth Walled GardenDumfries House Estate

The Oldest Tree

The sycamore tree that sits in the centre of the Walled Garden is the oldest tree on the estate and is thought to date back to 1599.

Next to the Walled Garden, visitors will find The Pierburg Building and Kauffman Education Gardens, a one-acre organically-managed garden which is used to introduce thousands of visiting school pupils to gardening, the provenance of food and sustainable practices every year.

Thistle Fountain - QE Walled GardenDumfries House Estate

The Thistle Fountain

The centrepiece of the garden is a Thistle Fountain designed and constructed by William Pye, which features a thistle at the top.

The Queen Elizabeth Walled GardenDumfries House Estate

The Delphinium Border

Delphinium elatum line a 130ft-long, 13ft-deep border at the foot of The Queen Elizabeth Walled Garden.

The display of delphiniums is underplanted by iris and richly-scented phlox, providing colour for months, rather than merely weeks.


The delphinium display was planted in early-2014 and is at its best throughout June and early-July

Corrie Crawford, gardener, works in The Glasshouse (2018) by Iain BrownDumfries House Estate

The Glasshouse

A display glasshouse at the lower part of the walled garden is like a big conservatory and is primarily for enjoyment by members of the public. It is heated all year round to accommodate exotic planting, allowing our gardens team to extend the growing seasons to maintain scented and beautiful display plants throughout the year. 

A row of coldframes at the front of the display house contains plants that need to be hardened before they are fully exposed to the elements. The display glasshouse is one of three glasshouses in The Queen Elizabeth Walled Garden. Their primary purpose is to provide a microclimate to enable the raising of particular seeds and plants. 

Flora & faunaDumfries House Estate

In the Kauffman Education Garden, allows early cultivation of flowers, fruit and vegetables, including tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and melons, that are then planted nearby for use in education activities or as ingredients for use by chefs in the estate’s Woodlands restaurant.

In the adjacent public garden, a production glass house at the top is split into sections and incorporates a potting bench, a heated bench, and growing areas comprising nectarines, red grapes, and green eating grapes.

Belvedere, The Queen Elizabeth Walled Garden, Dumfries House estate, Cumnock, Ayrshire, ScotlandDumfries House Estate

The Belvedere

The Belvedere is a stunning feature of The Queen Elizabeth Walled Garden, located in the garden's north-east corner. It was completed in just two weeks ahead of the opening of the garden by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in July 2014.

Modern ArtisanDumfries House Estate

Designed by HRH The Prince of Wales, The Belvedere roof comprises 56 lead panels weighing in excess of three tonnes and features ornamental lead-cast wyverns, mythical dragon-like creatures.

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