The warm air from the Gulf Stream allows tropical plants to flourish in this area. There are six Galloway Gardens close to Harbourside and you can visit each one of them during your holiday. You can collect your garden passport from one of the gardens and enjoy discounted entry fees to each of the gardens you visit.
Dunskey Gardens has walled and woodland gardens, lochs and glasshouses and is only a mile from the village of Portpatrick. There is a tour with the gardener every Wednesday at 11.30am from April to October.
Logan Botanic Garden near Port Logan is Scotland’s most exotic garden with a wealth of exotic flowers, trees and shrubs. Visit the Potting Shed Bistro for delicious food and drink and the Botanics Shop has a fantastic selection of local crafts, gifts and plants for sale.
Logan House Gardens features champion trees, sweeping lawns and pathways through trees and monkey puzzle avenue.Rhododendrons take centre stage in March, April and May.
Glenwhan Gardens is filled with exotic plants, seasonal colour and rare species. Wander the paths through a variety of habitats with a 17 acre wildflower walk with 120 recorded species of flower, grass and fern.
Ardwell Gardens is a naturally unspoilt and idyllic location with stunning views over Luce Bay. You can see wide variety of azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons in Spring and early Summer. The walled garden grows a wide range of summer bedding plants and produce for visitors to buy.
Castle Kennedy Gardens comprises of 75 acres of magnificent avenues and gardens and is situated between two natural lochs. Enjoy the two acre circular lily pond, 21 Champion trees, rare and exotic plants, family trails, woodland and loch-side walks.
Another wonderful garden to visit in the Rhins of Galloway is Aldouran Wetland Garden and bird hide and this can be found at Leswalt village, near to Aldouran Glen and woodland. The woodland is owned and managed by the Woodland Trust Scotland.