Don’t miss last chance to visit Leathad Ard

A flourishing oasis in Carloway, Leathad Ard is well worth a visit
A flourishing oasis in Carloway, Leathad Ard is well worth a visit

There’s just under two weeks left to visit the Carloway paradise that is ‘Leathad Ard’ as Stuart and Rowena Oakley’s ‘open garden’ will close on Saturday, August 30th.

Stuart and Rowena have opened their garden to raise funds for charity as part of Scotland’s Garden Scheme for that past 11 years, and have donated around £8,000 to the charity during that time.

They have enjoyed a number of visitors this year, with June proving a busy month, but they are keen to ensure that anyone who wishes to, but has not yet visited, doesn’t miss the chance this year.

Created on a steep hill, with high rainfall, salt-laden winds, acidic and nutrient poor soils, ‘Leathad Ard’ is indeed a testament to the hard work of Stuart and Rowena and boasts herbaceous borders, cutting borders, bog gardens, grass gardens, exposed beds, a patio garden and new pond, as well as vegetable and fruit patches.

Stuart and Rowena will give visitors a tour of the garden, which is open every day except Fridays and Sundays, from 1.45pm to 6pm, until Saturday, August 30th.

Entrance (or exit) is by donation with a suggested minimum of £4 per head, all of which is donated to charity.

And as well as viewing the garden, visitors can buy plants propagated from the Oakley’s own stock.