Beautiful Scotland / Haddington 700

Congratulations to The Club and Horizon Volunteers who got the Memorial Garden ready and have now won the Haddington 700 award and Silver Plate in the Beautiful Scotland Seaside Town category












Beautiful Scotland / Haddington 700


The judges visit the garden on August 4th. Doulas Samways talked them through some of the History and installment of the Q codes. Allan Cairnduff talks them through all the improvements and installations that the Horizon Group have undertaken.



Beautiful Scotland / Haddington 700


To see the route the judges will take on August 4th click here.


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The Burns Club Committee and Horizon Volunteers get ready for action.

QR Codes are going to be a feature of the Garden Entry. They are linked to performances by local worthies and a copy of the Burns In Mearns booklet. Give them a try here. to see what is on offer.

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Tam O Shanter by Robin Barclay

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             Burns In The Mearns

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A Red Red Rose by Jean and Peter Webster

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The Posie by Kirsty Duncan

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To A Mouse by Andrew Urquhart

How The Garden Is Looking

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Celebrating Burns
The Burns Memorial Garden will be one of the features which the Stonehaven Horizon Project plans to present to the Beautiful Scotland this year.
The Burns Garden
Situated at the bottom of Belmont Brae at the Bridge of Cowie, this garden was last laid out in 2008, when it was designed with elements featuring in Burns poetry. It is also purposefully an area of contemplation and meditation. The centre piece is a heather bed in which stands a statue of Robert Burns carved by local monumental mason Robert Taylor (Ghostie Bob).
The Mearns is the birthplace of Burns’ father William. In conjunction with the Stonehaven (Fatherland) Burns Club, this area is undergoing rejuvenation with some interactive features currently being investigated.
New Heathers for 2021
The Central bed is now planted with 413 plants - heathers and thyme. The Calluna Vulgaris selected are a mix and have coloured foliage which will still give colour even when not flowering: Corries White flowers (Jul/August), Joy Vanstone  orange  (Late summer), Beoley Crimson red (late summer), Tricloriflora lavender (Aug/Sept), Hugh Nicolson white (June/Sept), Dark Beauty dark red (late summer), Tib lilac pink (summer), Springbank (Spring), Jana Deep Pink (Aug/Oct), Pats Gold pale lavender with gold foliage (late summer/ Autumn). Read more in this e-newspaper article.




Photos l-r: 2008 planting the original beds. Note back row second left is Iain Thomson, retired from Aberdeenahire Council landscape services, and now a KSB Green Flag Award judge; April 2021 preparing and planting out the central bed; our recent addition to the garden an old horse drawn plough donated by local agricultural heritage collector Mr Jim Bruce is on the left. On right President Burns Club, Douglas Samways and Centre is Horizon Past Convenor Allan Cairnduff.

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