NATURE fans and story lovers should save a date in their diaries this May bank holiday for a fantastic storytelling event at Culzean Castle and Country Park.

This is event is part of ‘Growing Stories’, six storytelling events across Scotland organised by Scotland’s Gardens Scheme and The Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

With 2018 celebrating the Year of Young People, Scotland’s Gardens Scheme has teamed up with The Scottish International Storytelling Festival, to share the stories of some of Scotland’s finest gardens.

Scotland’s Gardens Scheme and the National Trust for Scotland are delighted to be co-hosting this event at Culzean Castle and Country Park on Monday, May 7.

Gardens are places of stories, each with their own distinctive ‘storybank’, and the gardens at Culzean Castle are certainly no exception.

Storyteller Alison Galbraith will lead visitors around the unique walled garden, created in a double plan blunt diamond shape to maximise sunlight but also to create working and pleasure gardens in one space.

She will recount the tale of the former slave Scipio, who was brought to Culzean a child, but earned his freedom and the right to the land where the walled garden now sits.

Alison will explore how Culzean’s unique situation and climate allow many usually tender plants to flourish outdoors.

Visitors can get up close to the exotic pineapple guava Acca sellowiana, the dazzlingly tall, two metres high, Canary Island echiums, or the Loquat tree Eriobotrya japonica.

The storytelling event is raising money to support renovations at Culzean’s Walled garden and for Scotland’s Gardens Scheme beneficiaries.

The ‘Growing Stories’ events are a fun packed way to explore some of Scotland’s gardens. Admission to the event is £5 in addition to standard country park admission.

Gareth Clingan, Operations Manager at Culzean Castle & Country Park, said: “We are excited to be part of Scotland’s Gardens Scheme’s “Growing Stories” events.

“It’s a unique opportunity to share the treasured stories of our gardens with the public”

The event runs from 1pm - 4pm. Admission details can be found on the garden’s website via