Get Fresh at Philiphaugh

26th June 2017 Blogs

Since it’s the height of Summer, we thought this was the perfect time of year to feature our friends at Philiphaugh Garden.

We are proud to support the magnificent food producers and growers of the Scottish Borders and as you will know from reading our newsletter, one of our local food heroes just has to be the team at Philiphaugh Garden near Selkirk who supply us with much of our fruit and vegetables. The quality and freshness of the fresh seasonal produce available to us throughout the year, means that they feature on every single menu here at Seasons and quite amazingly during every month of the year. But what you might not be aware of is that you can also visit the garden for yourself and buy their lovely local produce to enjoy at home too.

Back in 1899, Philiphaugh Garden near Selkirk was actually the second biggest walled garden in Scotland. Thankfully though, a range of Mackenzie and Moncur glasshouses still survive and are in use today along with a small fruit room. The garden has now been fully restored and their skilled team  produce an abundant supply of flowers, fruit, plants and vegetables, all available to buy fresh from the Borders soil to take home to your own kitchen.

There are several magnificent glass houses which you will find brimming with tomatoes, grapes, courgettes, cucumbers and figs throughout the summer months and house plants during the winter.
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The Philiphaugh Orchard grows a wide variety of tasty apples that are available from September each year and strawberries and raspberries are always a firm favourite and you won’t find a better crop for taste and juiciness each summer. You will also find a whole host of lovely root and salad crops available for most of the year too.

The wide variety of produce can also be tasted at the Waterwheel Café or bought fresh to take home. As well as this, they usually have a good selection of flowering and house plants and during the lead up to Christmas, they have trees for sale and make Holly Wreaths from the abundance of foliage to be found on Philiphaugh Estate. Gardeners too can buy everything from azaleas and primroses to daffodils and bedding plants when in season.

Philiphaugh Garden is situated about 2 miles west of Selkirk just off the A708, the garden is signed from the main road and is open from 8am till 4pm Monday to Friday and at weekends by appointment only. If you have time, the Waterwheel Cafe and Salmon Viewing Centre (4 Star Visitor Attraction) are located close by and a hydro station on the River Ettrick is a short walk from the Salmon Viewing Centre itself. There are also a number of beautiful walks on Philiphaugh Estate too, including the Battlefield Path alongside the site of the battle where the Marquis of Montrose was defeated by Earl Leslie in 1645. If you are feeling a little more energetic then you can park at the nearby Corbie Lynn car park and head off towards one of the most iconic views in the whole of the Borders – the famous Three Brethren.

Philiphaugh Working Garden is an absolute hidden gem and we thought it would be good to let you know where much of our fruit and vegetables are grown, we also hope that we have inspired you to pop by and say hello to Bob if you are out and about too.