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Trustees’ Tree-planting

December 14, 2012

The first tree to be planted on behalf of Trustees in the Arboretum coincided with the autumn Trustees’ meetings on Friday 2nd November.  All Trustees and many of their spouses were present to witness the Trust Chairman, Sir Garth Morrison, planting a specimen tree on an extremely frosty morning.

This ornamental tree, a Red Cappadocian Maple will produce rich, deep red spring foliage, turning to green in the summer and will then develop stunning golden colour in the autumn.  In 20 years’ time it could grow as high as 4 metres.

The Douneside Arboretum is a work in progress  with plans for shrub borders, mown paths, spring bulbs, seats and a wildlife pond.  Guests and visitors to Douneside have been donating to this development over the last few months; a commemorative book in the Library records all the donations with names, thoughts, memories and dedications.   The gardeners and garden trainees have been very busy this autumn, planting a variety of trees as well as 8,000 spring flowering bulbs.  Pond life is also taking shape and we look forward to lots of activity come the spring!

It is just over 100 years since Lady MacRobert set out to develop the gardens at Douneside.  A collection of trees from all over the world is a fitting tribute to Lady MacRobert’s vision for Douneside Gardens and her dedication to horticulture which The Trust seeks to sustain on a number of fronts.

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