In 1793 Mr Robert Brown of Dickson and Brown transplanted some of the Scots Briars from Kinnoull Hill into his nursery. After much seed sowing and propagation 8 good quality, double variety, stock plants were produced to propagate and sell on. Over the centuries the popularity of Scots Roses fluctuated however it has been extensively used in rose breeding due to their hardiness.
The garden in Kinnaird was established in the early 1970’s by a group of local residents after the closure of the village school. The grass was kept and flower beds were added.It was decided to plant Scots Briars, Rosa pimpinellifolia (also known as Rosa spinosissima) the traditional Scots rose, because of the local connection.The Scots Briars are growing either side of the path leading to the “shelter shed” and will flower from early May until the middle of June.
With a relatively mild winter the Scots Roses are showing signs of new growth but it will be some weeks before they will be in flower. However there is some colour in the garden. Viburnum opulus, situated in the bed opposite the “shelter shed”, with its delicately scented pom-pom like flowers is in bloom along with, a little further away, Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis with its small pink flowers.
The first of the Scots roses are in bloom.
This rose has a small pale yellow to white flower with a darker yellow centre.
Many of the roses are now in bloom and the garden is worth a visit.