Logie House Garden

An interesting woodland garden with burnside planting, open lawns and herbaceous plants. Open every day, 10 - 5

Logie House originates from the seventeenth century since when it has evolved and grown.  Similarly the garden has changed over the centuries.  In the early twentieth century there was a formal flower garden with a small private golf course on the big lawn and on the slopes down towards the river.  Until 1991 the traditional walled garden had a large area for vegetable growing, many formal clipped hedges of yew and box, small lawns, large herbaceous borders and annual planting.  Most of what you see now has been planted since then when the decision was made to grow more shrubs, trees and perennials with year-round interest.  Local designer and plantsman, Gavin Dallmeyer, led this first phase and was also very instrumental in Phase 2 which started in 2010 when the decision was made to make the garden more of a woodland garden.  The burn was opened up and the woodland planting was extended into a larger area allowing for the introduction of many interesting and unusual plants into different areas to suit their preferences.  Ewen Manson built the drystane walls and bridges, and Ronald Grant of Gervally moved tons of earth and stone:  starting with his huge machinery and ending up with a small rake for precision.

Every year new plants are sourced and trialled in the garden.  If and when they prove their worth many of them are then propagated for sale in the Farm & Garden Shop

As members of the Hardy Plant Society we are able to benefit from the extensive seed list from which we have grown many unusual plants.  The Hardy Plant Society has members all over the world – for Scottish members there is a very active Northern Group which arranges talks and visits throughout the year, as well as producing interesting publications – it is well worth being a member.

Plant Heritage (also known as the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens) work hard to protect and conserve, grow, propagate, document and make available the amazing resource of garden plants that exists in the UK.  The main conservation vehicle is the National Plant Collections whereby individuals or organisations undertake to document, develop and preserve a comprehensive collection of one group of plants in trust for the future.  Most of the collections are based around a related group, for example a collection of oaks or daffodils. This allows the scheme to develop systematic coverage of cultivated plants in the United Kingdom.   Plant Heritage has local Groups who run activities and events for members across the country:  see Grampian and Tayside for more information. Another organisation it is worth joining!

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Meet the Gardener

Panny Laing is the driving force behind Logie House Garden and the way it looks today is, at its core, down to her vision and ongoing hard work.

When exploring the garden, you may well stumble upon Panny deep in a flower bed, where she spends as much time as possible. Panny is ably assisted, albeit on a very part-time basis, by Jane Spoor and Martin Allen, Ewen Manson and Craig MacDonald …. and the Armadillo!


The garden is a short walk from the Logie Steading car park; there are a couple of disabled car parking spaces near the garden gate

Admission is £4 (children are free).  There is an honesty box at the gate and also a QR code for paying by smartphone. If all else fails please pay at the Farm and Garden Shop.

HHA members – please enjoy the garden and then register your names in the Farm & Garden Shop

Friends Scheme

Logie House Gardens Friends Scheme is popular with local visitors.  Membership lasts for 12 months from the date of purchase and gives

  • free entrance to the garden
  • 10% of the price of plant purchases in the Farm & Garden Shop
  • twice yearly special guided tour of the garden (members only)

Other Gardens to Visit

Find other gardens to visit at Discover Scottish Gardens 

Magazine Article about the garden

Logie House garden was featured in the November 2021 edition of The English Garden written by Julia Watson with wonderful photographs by Ray Cox


We can all make a difference to the environment with easy tasks high-lighted by the RHS – see ’10 ways to be more sustainable in your garden’

Logie House Garden Propagation

Many of the plants for sale in Logie Steading Farm & Garden Shop are propagated from plants growing in the garden.  This allows us to learn more about the plants, and their suitability for different growing conditions. You will see the potting sheds and tunnels at the bottom of the garden. We specialise in hardy plants and the conditions of our own garden certainly help us determine their suitability!

The kiss of the sun for pardon, the joy of the birds for mirth, you are closer to God's heart in a garden than anywhere else on the earth' Whatever one's beliefs the walled garden at Logie is a peaceful but interesting place to visit.

Logie House Garden Groups & Guided Tours

Groups & Guided Tours

While we aren’t able to accommodate large coach parties without prior warning, if you would like to arrange a group garden visit please contact Panny Laing directly.  A guided tour can usually be arranged.


01309 611278

Logie House Garden Redesign

The walled garden underwent major restructuring between 2009 and 2012. The formal planting schemes were replaced with more trees, shrubs and woodland plants creating a more relaxed atmosphere.

Having been closed from autumn 2009, the Gardens at Logie finally re-opened – on Thursday 21st June, 2012 – in time for the longest day. They are open every day, even when the Steading is closed.

We closed the garden at the end of summer 2009. What followed has been fairly major relandscaping. Ronald Grant and his huge diggers shifted hundreds of tons of topsoil out onto the big lawn in front of Logie House so that he could shape the bed of the burn; he shifted tons of stone into the garden to give it some new structure. The burn that used to be piped under the garden now flows from one side to the other. Ewen Manson built the most wonderful drystane dykes and bridges that already look as if they have been there for years. Gavin Dallmeyer gave wise help and advice from the start of the project through to the planting. We had to contend with the two challenging winters of 09/10 and 10/11 during which we were not able to do anything but gaze at the white landscape followed by wet unmanageable ground conditions – we had hoped to have been able to re-open in 2011 but that idea soon became unrealistic but in 2013 the gardens were finally ready to welcome visitors once more.

Well over 2,000 plants were planted and during the past few years since, the garden has begun to mature. It is a very different place to how it was – it is calmer and more relaxed and, hopefully, more interesting – and we have taken the opportunity to plant lots of unusual plants in the various different conditions that have been created. Rockdust and mulch (compost, leafmould, woodchips) are helping the soil regain its natural balance after all the disturbance.

There is still a lot to do but maybe a garden is never really finished.

Panny Laing

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Terms & Conditions for fishing on Logie Estate

  1. Fishing on the river is restricted to 2 rods per beat and is to be by fly only. All fishing is from the right bank. By arrangement with the neighbouring estate there is no left bank fishing on the Relugas Middle and Top beats.
  2. The fishing is split into two 2 rod beats, Logie and Relugas, with Relugas sub divided into Middle and Top.  Beats can be taken together or separately. Logie is fished Monday to Saturday, Relugas Middle on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Relugas Top on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Beats change at midnight.
  3. Fishermen must contact Logie Estate office on 01309 611300 a day or so before arrival to organise being shown onto the river. A map of pools, beats and access routes will be provided.
  4. Bio-security is important to the future of the river and anglers are asked to observe protection measures. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Conservation Code will be strictly observed. To summarise: All fish caught up to 14th May inclusive must be released. From 15th May, all salmon over 9 lbs / 4 kg / 28 inches / 72 cm are to be returned.  Below that measurement at least 70% of salmon and 50% of grilse caught should be released and a maximum of 1 salmon and / or 2 grilse per rod per week may be retained. In September all fish are to be returned. No gaffs or tailers are allowed.
  5. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Bio-security measures will be strictly observed and all fishermen in the party must sign the Bio-security Declaration. (Also available at http://www.fnlft.org.uk/downloads/)
  6. The Estate recommends that barbless hooks are used, fishermen are in possession of a disgorger and that knotless nets are used. All possible care should be taken when returning fish to the river, they should be handled as little, and gently, as possible and should not be removed from the water.
  7. The catch should be reported at the end of each day of fishing to Logie Estate Office on 01309 611300. If the office is closed, please leave a message on the answering machine with the date, weight and pool. Please also report a nil catch day.
  8. Dogs are allowed on the river but must be kept strictly under control at all times. The Estate reserves the right to ask tenants to remove dogs if they are considered to be out of control.
  9. Rod, line and fly size are dependent on prevailing weather and water conditions and personal choice. In general, maximum rod length needed is 13ft with a size 8 or 9 line, usually floating. Fly sizes range from 6 – 8 in the spring down to 12 or less in summer low water.
  10. Safety must be considered at all times. All beats have a variety of pools with some suitable for most heights of water. Little wading is necessary and river paths are good however the fishing is within the Findhorn gorge, access to some of the pools is quite steep and a degree of rock scrambling is often necessary when playing and landing fish. Please be aware that a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required. A buoyancy aid for each rod is provided and should be collected from Logie Estate Office on arrival, and returned to the Estate Office (or to the outbuilding opposite if office is closed) on departure. Logie Estate strongly recommends that buoyancy aids are worn when fishing and not doing so is entirely at fishermen’s own risk. Please pay attention at all times, avoid slips and falls, wear appropriate footwear, look out for overhead electricity lines, watch the weather and pay attention to livestock. Take extra care if fishing alone.
  11. Anglers need to supply or hire their own equipment (except buoyancy aids, which are provided).
  12. Ghillieing/tuition is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. A half day ghillieing/tuition is approx. 3 hours, full day approx. 6 hours. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. Rates do not include discretionary tips.
  13. Rod, Reel & Line hire is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. A rod, reel and line set is for one person and is subject to a fully refundable damage deposit of £100.
  14. Aside from fishermen, others, including rafters and kayakers, enjoy this stretch of river and mutual respect and consideration is expected.
  15. Bookings are confirmed when initial payment is received. Subsequent changes in dates or number or rods are entirely subject to the Estate’s discretion and to availability. Change of dates, if accepted, incur an administration fee. In the event of a cancellation the tenant must advise Logie Estate immediately, whereupon Logie will endeavour to re-let. If a new tenant can be found the deposit will be returned less any expenses incurred for advertising, office costs, etc., and less any shortfalls in discounted list price. Until such time as a vacancy has been re-let the hirer is responsible for making any further payment by the due dates. Failure to do so may mean that the hirer forfeits any refund if the dates are re-let. If it is not possible to re-let, all payments are still payable by the due date(s). It is unlikely that a refund can be made for a late cancellation. Logie Estate recommends that fishermen take out relevant cancellation insurance.
  16. Subletting fishing is only allowed with Logie Estate’s permission.
  17. Logie Estate reserves the right to immediately withdraw fishing without compensation from anyone who breaks these or associated conditions, or flouts normal standards of behaviour or fishing etiquette.