Monday, November 6, 2017

Fife Gardens - Glassmount House

Glassmount House * Fife
At the crest of the hill between Kinghorn and Kirkcaldy, overlooking the Firth of Forth is Glassmount House. It's in the book - SCOTLAND FOR GARDENERS by Kenneth Cox - and one of those places that I had not seen that I MUST see from just one look at this glorious Mackenzie and Moncur greenhouse.

Here is what others call densely planted and what I call wabi/sabi, authentic, bohemian. There are several sheds, a walled garden, topiary, yew hedges, rambling roses, a myriad of perennials, a fish pond, a painters studio, and more stacked firewood that I have ever seen together in one place.

Outdoor pavilions, small lawns and romantic views over woodlands. This is an artist's place. This is an original place where one can create and dream and organize their life in colour.

Created by Irene and James Thomson over 35 years ago and now attended by artist and gardener Peter McLaren

Here is the dream come alive.

Are we sure we are not in a Philip Pullman novel?

The Declaration of Independence was signed with ink made from this flower I am told. It is the Virginia Poke Weed.