The seat of the Drummond family since the 14th century, Drummond Castle is best known today for its elaborate French-inspired parterre garden, laid out in the 1830s by Lewis Kennedy, who had worked at Malmaison in France for Empress Josephine. Designed in the shape of a St. Andrew's Cross, at its heart is an unusual obelisk-shaped sundial dating to the 17th century. Other garden elements, such as fountains, terraces, urns, and statuary, indicate Italian stylistic influences. Although the garden was somewhat redesigned and simplified after World War II, it still contains much plant material reflecting its historic past, including yew hedges, individual yews, and two copper beeches planted in 1842 by Queen Victoria. The property is now under the aegis of the Grimsthorpe and Drummond Castle Trust, established in 1978 to maintain the castle, gardens, and surrounding lands.
Persons associated with the garden include the Drummond family (owners, 14th century to date) and Lewis Kennedy (landscape designer, 1830s).
The folder includes worksheets, photocopied book excerpts, and additional information about the house and garden.
Garden has been featured in G. Allan Little, ed., Scotland's Gardens (Edinburgh: Spurbooks in association with the Scotland's Gardens Scheme, 1981), pp. 136-139
Garden has been featured in James Truscott, Private Gardens of Scotland (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1988), pp. 122-127