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Sue Thornley

Glorious gardens
Sue is Secretary of Glorious Gardens, a group of 20 gardens across Argyll and the Isles. She owns Glenarn in Rhu, a sheltered woodland garden that’s famous for its collection of rare and tender rhododendrons. Sue and her husband Mike have lived and worked at Glenarn for over 30 years. Both architects before retiring, they’re passionate about restoration – houses, boats and gardens.

She says: ‘The special nature of Argyll’s gardens has been strongly influenced by the sea and mild currents of the Gulf Stream. The climate together with acid soil provides growing conditions for a wide range of plants. Argyll has world-renowned plant collections, historic walled gardens and greenhouses, formal spaces round castles and country houses, rare Victorian ferneries, period landscaped gardens, modern newly developed areas and large scale vegetable gardens. Each of the Glorious Gardens tries to create an individual sense of place, important to provide peace and continuity to those who share our gardens in a world of uncertainty and worrying concerns.’
Warming up at Glenarn Warming up at Glenarn
22nd June 2015
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Late autumn at Glenarn Late autumn at Glenarn
5th November 2014
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Spring Spring
14th April 2014
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Into summer Into summer
26th June 2013
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What an amazing flowering season! What an amazing flowering season!
20th May 2013
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The beginning of spring The beginning of spring
22nd March 2013
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