We are delighted to invite you to our annual Open Day in Gilmerton House Kitchen Garden. We will be open on Sunday 4th September from 12 noon to 4 pm. Come and see the garden at its best and purchase some flowers and other produce, for a donation to the garden.
As always, entrance is free but you will have the opportunity to buy raffle tickets with a number of valuable prizes up for grabs (including afternoon tea for 10 people in Gilmerton House). What else is on offer? Well there will be:
An exhibition and demonstration of willow weaving and a chance to buy some woven products.
The opportunity to find out all there is to know about honey and beekeeping from our resident apiarist and a chance to buy honey from our hives.
There will be tea and cakes produced by our expert and renowned team of bakers.
The afternoon will give us the opportunity to officially open our new craft building, which will be used as a centre for such rural activities as willow weaving, beekeeping, horticultural skills and textile dyeing.
Proceeds from the open day, and any further donations, will go towards the construction of a replica early medieval roundhouse. A local experimental archaeologist, Hamish Darrah, with expertise in roundhouse construction, has selected our garden as the perfect location to build such a structure and will use hazel and our own willow in its formation. Local volunteers and organisations can participate in the build and once complete, the house will become a significant visitor attraction. We hope to exhibit details of this project.
Finally, two requests to make your visit as enjoyable as possible: please bring cash if at all possible and if you decide to bring your dog, please have it on a lead and under control at all times.
Signs will guide you to the garden but full directions are on our website: