The Quaker Garden Trail (TQGT)

Take a step back, breathe and enjoy finding the layers of Quaker connections in these interesting curated gardens and grounds.

Discover and Explore

An outstanding collection of curated gardens and grounds with Quaker connections both contemporary and historic. Including those managed traditionally using skilled techniques in growing fruit, flowers, vegetables and herbs, a National Plant Collection, a nationally recognised Art and Sculpture collection, a Romantic literary garden, a Museum with Quaker flower garden and Tapestries, Educational establishment’s gardens and those retaining connections to their Quaker owners and heritage of long ago.

Visitors have an opportunity to take a step back, breathe and discover the different dimension offered in these places, finding unexpected still and contemplative spaces in these interesting gardens & cared for grounds.

Discover Quaker botanists and Plant Hunters lesser known contribution to our knowledge of plants from around the world. See examples of these historic introductions growing in various ‘TQGT’ gardens.

Several gardens have a strong environmental ethos, many are ecologically managed.

Not all gardens connections with the Religious Society of Friends is still extant.

Our Aims

The creation of a Quaker Garden Trail to include selected, individual properties and their gardens, and cared for grounds, with Quaker connections either past or present offering visitors an opportunity to Take A Step Back, Breathe & Discover a Different Dimension to the gardens and grounds, finding unexpected still and contemplative spaces.

To engage new audiences in the history and present-day relevance of the work and contribution of Quaker Botanists and Plant Hunters and their supporters by growing or, showing through a variety of media (built, historic, created or grown) different aspects of Quaker history which can be enjoyed on this Trail.

Garden Visits

Please contact individual gardens directly. See the interactive map with Gardens location and page details including website details for opening times, access, facilities and contact details.

Join us

If you work in and or manage a garden with Quaker connections and would like to join the Trail, please contact us. If you know of a garden with Quaker connections near you which may be interested in joining TQGT, please let them know about this project.

Please see Join Us page.

If you would like more information about TQGT please contact:
Caroline Thomson: The Backhouse Heritage and Education Centre, Backhouse Rossie Estate, Fife KY15 7UZ

Email: [email protected]                  Phone: 08444 145803