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Haughton House Gardens

Haughton House Gardens Black and White Photo

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At this time of year we are all busy in the garden. In the Museum we have some interesting old photographs of the gardens in Haughton House and other big houses in the area. Some show views of an old sundial and also a rockery with lots of ferns. Robert Farquharson’s second wife was a renowned expert on ferns and may have had a hand in this rockery. A house such as Haughton needed a large staff and here we see the gardener admiring a large Lilium plant. He is very well dressed for his work. The four Farquharson sisters who survived into adulthood are seen here in their grandparents’ garden at Glenkindie House. One of the sisters won a prize at Crufts in 1906 with a miniature dog – perhaps one of those in the photo.