Woodside Walled Garden

I saw my first dragonfly, hovering over the pond at Woodside Walled Garden – it was a magical moment and when I realised how much I missed the close connection with nature that feeds the soul.   It is a place I return to regularly – sheltered by the walls it warms quickly and is a haven for wildlife and an amazing array of small birds.  The Birdhouse Tea Room quickly fills in the summer with photographers, looking to get the best shots of the birds gathering round the feeders strategically placed on and outside the windows.  Head over to the RSPB display in the wildlife garden to discover the names and lifestyles of all these birds.   Sit contemplatively (or not if you have small children) by the water garden and see if you can spot a dragonfly – their wings so fine it is hard to believe they can support their bodies to fly.
Woodside Wildlife Garden

Woodside Wildlife Garden

 Woodside Walled Garden

Owners Stephen and Emma Emerson took over the established Woodside Walled Garden in 2011.  Already owners of a trade nursery in Kelso, which Stephen concentrates, Emma lovingly tends Woodside.  Built on a south facing slope it was originally the fruit garden for the nearby Monteviot House www.monteviot.com and is still home to some of the original apple trees.   As well as a plant centre, stocked from their own nursery, there is the Birdhouse Tea Room, a Kitchen Garden, Garden Shop filled with all the stuff gardeners need and a Homes for Wildlife garden in association with the RSPB.  There is  no charge for just enjoying the garden and plenty or room for the children to run about and explore.  If you still need to burn off some energy the walk to the nearby Waterloo Monument on Peneilheugh will certainly do the trick.   Here’s a  route for a walk to the Waterloo Monument on Peneilheugh.

Woodside Garden in the Winter

Woodside Garden in the Winter

Events

Throughout the year there are many events for both children and adults to participate in.  Check the website for  Wee Woodsiders days, photography, art classes, gardening, building a home for wildlife, basket making and making a wreath for Christmas.

Events at Woodside Garden

Events at Woodside Garden

Birdhouse Tea Room

The Birdhouse Tearoom

The Birdhouse Tearoom

The award winning cafe, serves great scones – possibly the best in the Borders .  All the food is home made, with produce from the kitchen garden and their own jams and chutneys.  Its a lovely place to have a light meal, coffee and cake or afternoon tea sitting outside in the sun under a parasol.   The cafe has a log burner for the colder days always the birds that are the star attraction.  Try remembering all their names – if you get stuck there are leaflets and books to help you out.

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Guest Chef Sukie Barber

Former Rural Scottish Chef of the Year, Sukie Barber cooks a delicious three course set menu (£30), once a month. Her own restaurant won the Visit Scotland ‘Flavour of Scotland’ award and the Good Food Guide ‘ Restaurant of the Year.  Her meals have been described as “superb”, “delicious” and  “like home-cooking with knobs on!”  She uses ethically sourced ingredients and seasonal vegetables, mostly from the Woodside garden.  The bread is always home made and smoked items on the menu are all smoked in her own home-smoker.  Check the dates on the website and call Emma on 01835 830315 to book.

How to find Woodside 

Woodside Plant Centre & Birdhouse Tearoom, Woodside Walled Garden, Nr Ancrum, Jedburgh TD8 6TU.
Situated just off the A68, north of Jedburgh, and is easily accessible from all the Border towns. From the A68, at the turning almost opposite the road to Ancrum, take the B6400 (signposted to Nisbet) and take the left turn after about 800m and follow the signs.  There is a free carpark.

Open every day:
  • 9am to 5pm March to October
  • 10am to 4pm November to February
  • Closed Christmas and Boxing Day, New Years Day and January 2nd

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