History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
This walled orchard close to the ruins of Melrose Abbey includes historic apple trees. Most of the plants grown are suitable for drying. Flower arrangements are for sale in the shop, and courses on flower arrangement are offered. Priorwood stands within the precincts of medieval Melrose Abbey.
The orchard is one of the most important features at Priorwood, and several historical varieties of apples survive here. The orchard area may have been originally part of a kitchen garden for the monks of Melrose Abbey. Over 7 varieties of heritage apples at grown in the orchard.
The gardens cover 2 acres, including a special area for growing plants suited to drying. This area provides the dried flower arrangements made on the site and offered for sale in the shop.
The gardens are separated into three areas; a dried flower workshop, where you can also learn about the garden's history. Then there is the orchard, with its varieties of historic apples. Beyond this is a woodland garden, which adds a lovely touch of informality to the more formal areas close to the visitor entrance.
It is rare to see two historic gardens so close together - the other in this case is another National Trust for Scotland property, Harmony Garden, just down the street. Though a sudden shower tried to dampen our visit, the pretty and very colourful plantings at Priorwood wouldn't let it - this is a very enjoyable garden, particularly if you enjoy fruit trees.
Priorwood is a wonderful garden for colours and scent, but its main focus is on dried flower cultivation and arrangements. Visitors can even choose their own custom combination of dried flowers to purchase.
About Priorwood Garden
Address: Melrose, Borders, Scotland, TD6 9PX
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: Next to the Abbey in the centre of Melrose
Website: Priorwood Garden
Phone: 01896 822493
National Trust for Scotland
OS: NT548 341
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Melrose Abbey - 0 miles (Abbey)
Harmony Garden - 0.3 miles (Garden)
Eildon Hills - 1.2 miles (Countryside)
Abbotsford House - 2.5 miles (Historic House)
Dryburgh Abbey - 3.1 miles (Abbey)
Mertoun House Gardens - 4.6 miles (Garden)
Smailholm Tower - 5.6 miles (Historic Building)
Halliwell's House Museum - 5.9 miles (Museum)
Nearest Accommodation to Priorwood Garden:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01835 863 170
Fax: 01750 21886