Teviot Water Gardens
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The gardens are laid out along three terraces. They were designed in 1990 with the aim of creating a peaceful garden space echoing the beauty of the river below. The main garden area links to a quiet riverside trail. Near the entrance is a small ornamental fish pond.
The gardens are a haven for wildlife, including otters, the elusive kingfisher, and woodpeckers. There is a busy garden shop with plants and gardening tools for sale. The Teviot Water Gardens have been featured in several magazines and television programmes.
The gardens form part of the Teviot Smokery, offering locally-made smoked chicken, trout, and salmon. Smoked meats are made using traditional techniques; fresh local produce is soaked in brine then smoked slowly over oak chips. The gardens are free to enter and as of this writing are open 7 days a week.
A special note of thanks to the staff of the Teviot Smokery. I arrived literally seconds before the advertised closing time. I asked - without much hope - if there was any chance I could see the gardens. The staff told me that it would take them some time to close up the shop, do the bookkeeping, and lock everything up. So I enjoyed a lovely time exploring the garden even though it was technically closed.
About Teviot Water Gardens
Address: Kelso, Borders, Scotland, TD5 8LE
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: On the B6400/A698, south of Kelso
Website: Teviot Water Gardens
Phone: 01835 850 253
OS: NT707 271
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Waterloo Monument - 3.4 miles (Historic Building)
Kelso Abbey - 4.3 miles (Abbey)
Floors Castle - 4.7 miles (Historic House)
Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre - 5.4 miles (Museum)
Jedburgh Abbey - 5.5 miles (Abbey)
Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum - 5.8 miles (Museum)
Mertoun House Gardens - 6.2 miles (Garden)
Smailholm Tower - 6.3 miles (Historic Building)
Nearest Accommodation to Teviot Water Gardens:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01573 22 8055
Fax: 01750 21886