Perthshire has a great concentration of trees, earning the name of Big Tree Country. Nationally important trees can be found at Diana’s Grove at Blair Castle, Dunkeld and Birnam.
William Shakespeare and Robert Burns immortalised Birnam Wood and the Birks of Aberfeldy respectively. Blair Atholl and Killiecrankie are also famous for their large trees and the area surrounding Ben Lawers is one of Britain’s top areas for scarce Arctic-Alpine plants.
The fertile soil and gentle climate of Perthshire have long inspired botanists, gardeners and horticulturists. Some of Britain’s most colourful gardens are here – full of specialist plants and flowers, to sumptuous, formal gardens in the grounds of stately homes. These include The Scottish Plant Hunters’ Garden in Pitlochry, Cluny House Gardens and Bolfracks House by Aberfeldy (dating back to the 18th century) and the Beatrix Potter Gardens in Birnam. Blair Castle also has the largest walled garden under cultivation in Scotland.