St Mary’s Pleasance Garden
St. Mary’s Pleasance Garden is maintained for the public by the Haddington Garden Trust Charity. The garden occupies 1.6 acres adjacent to the churchyard. Some of the garden’s boundary walls were built by Napoleonic prisoners of war. The design reflects the features of a 17th century Scottish garden. There is a mount, a sunken garden, boxed hornbeam walk, cottage garden, orchard and meadow, period rose border, raised herb beds, and central lawned area with specimen trees”.
The pleached allee of laburnum is its most spectacular feature in May and June. The trees in the orchard represent varieties from the 17th to the early 20th century, including white Melrose, Galloway pippin, Stobo Castle and Stirling Castle.
The meadow is planted with spring bulbs and wild flowers to provide a display of snowdrops early in the year to oxlips in April. Summer wild flowers then take over after a mid-summer mowing.
Haddington House has been described as “the finest specimen of domestic architecture” in Haddington.
Amisfield is one of the largest walled gardens in Scotland.
The eight-acre Amisfield Walled Garden is being restored and developed by volunteers of the Amisfield Preservation Trust for the enjoyment and benefit of the public and, in particular, the health, well-being and education of the local community. Over the past twelve years, the garden has been transformed from a neglected and overgrown wilderness into a beautiful garden space and thriving community facility. The garden is leased by the Trust from East Lothian Council and is open to the public free of charge.
Care has been taken to design planting to be in character with the historic 18th century walls and garden buildings and to be in scale with the 8-acre garden space. Although there are no historical records of the original planting design, footpaths have been laid out on the 18th century layout. These paths divide the garden into a number of spaces, which have been designed to have individual characterstics, including mixed shrub and herbaceous borders, vegetable beds, espaliered apple walks, a maze, a wildflower meadow, sensory gardens and a winter garden. Hedges of beech, hornbeam and yew are used to divide spaces and provide enclosure. Trained fruit trees, including apples, plums, figs, cherries and apricots are grown against the high stone walls. In 2020 an Outdoor Akadinda Xylophone was added with a bench nearby for those who just want to listen to the wind-chimes and trickling pool. Investigate each of the beech circles if you come to visit.