Gilmerton House operates as an exclusive venue for weddings and corporate events. The walled garden is set some distance from the house and is presently being established as a separate Community Interest Company. The garden will operate as a facility for work experience for those temporally unable to work due to mental ill health. In the process of work experience, volunteers will restore the garden and develop a range of kitchen produce to be used at Gilmerton House.
The late 18th century 8 acre walled garden housed a commercial fruit farm in the latter half of the 20th century but more recently has fallen into disrepair. The Estate is now at the beginning of a major rejuvenation project for the garden with the aim that it will open to the public during 2013
The walled garden is under restoration, and hopes to open formally in 2013. One greenhouse up and two to go. Best to visit on Sat am and Weds pm. The emphasis is on the cultivation of fruit, vegetables and flowers from the period 1875-1900, especially those grown in the islands of Guernsey and Jersey as well as nearby Normandy. Walk in all year round except Sundays.
Privately owned garden open during the summer. The park and garden used to belong to Beatrix Potter’s uncle and the walled garden there is thought to be the inspiration for the kitchen garden in The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies. Charming garden recreated as closely as possible to its original layout, mostly flowers with some vegetables and espaliered fruit trees.