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The Secret Garden Distillery, located below the Pentland Hills in Edinburgh are pleased to announce the reopening of our Distillery Gardens and Gin Tours to the public. After a temporary closure to the public over the winter, we are excited to welcome visitors back to our beautiful gardens and offer gin tours once again from Saturday 22nd April 2023.
During the closure, we made several landscaping improvements to the gardens to create a more immersive space for our community. These enhancements include the installation of an educational Juniper Woodland, and the completion of our Apothecary Rose Garden with additional seating to create a more enjoyable experience for our visitors.
To help us support the upkeep of the carpark and our Gardens, this year we are introducing a small fee to view and walk around the gardens. This fee will also aid us to produce our new ticketed events throughout the year. We remain committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all of our guests. However, the free access for those local community groups who experience our gardens as a source of well-being and serenity for their members will continue.
Our community was and will continue to be the heart of the distillery. We will be introducing several community days throughout the year. Beginning with Easter Sunday, where children will get free admission to the gardens to enjoy an easter egg hunt, arts & crafts and other activities.
All these exciting projects are part of the shift the new owners are making to the Distillery estate. “The business has grown so much that our emphasis for the garden must be in support of the beautiful botanics that inspire our gins and so we are now repurposing many of the ornamental beds to gin botanic production”, Imogen Armstrong, one of the new directors told us. “This has meant rethinking the Nursery element of the business which was always an ancillary business when we grew planting for the ornamental gardens and sold the excess. Our decision to let the Nursery side of the business wind down was a difficult one but it allows us to use 100% of our garden team in maintaining the Gardens for our visitors and for the Distillery”. Plant sales will be available for a limited time only this Spring as we finalise this switch in focus to the functionality of the gardens of the long-term growth of the distillery, creating a Secret Garden Visitors Experience.
But it isn’t all change. The Secret Garden Café & Bistro are still an integral part of the Gardens, offering breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas and some of the best cakes in the area baked on site. We are also pleased to announce that we will be partnering up with Café & Bistro for their first Full Moon Dinner on Saturday 8th of April. And the new entry fees only apply to the Garden: the Café, Shop and carpark are still free for everyone.
"We are thrilled to reopen the Secret Garden Distillery Gardens and Gin Tours and welcome visitors back to our beautiful space," said Isobel Armstrong, our other new director. "We have made significant upgrades to our grounds and look forward to sharing these with our guests. With the ongoing Distillery upgrades, we move to make the space more Distillery focused with plans to hold various events throughout the year.”
For more information about Secret Garden Distillery and to purchase tickets for the gin tours, please visit our website at www.secretgardendistillery.co.uk.
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