The gardens, extending to some thirty acres, surround the House itself, spilling down over lawn and through woodland onto the flood plain of the river Teviot below. The overall Garden comprises a series of differing gardens, each encompassing its own unique personality and beauty.
The wonderful setting of Monteviot is incomparable, with stunning views over the River Teviot and rich arable farmland of the Scottish Borders. Hundreds of years of development have created these beautiful gardens, with the 13th Marquis more recently bringing about substantial changes and new developments with a view to creating “one of Scotland’s great gardens.”
There is a huge depth and variety within the gardens. From The Arboretum with its wonderful range of trees, some of which date from the 19th: to the Dene Garden, a modern addition, comprising four ponds, a lead fountain, wooden and stone bridges and a dam walkway. The River Garden forms the centrepiece of the layout at Monteviot encircled with yew hedges. There is the Laburnum tunnel was created by the 13th Marquis to mark the Millennium. Adjoined is a modern Oriental Water Garden contrived around islands fed by a spring and crossed by four wooden arched bridges.
The Herb Garden sits in front of the old lodge, designed by the 9th Marquis and on the terrace below is the Rose Garden recently re-laid by the 13th Marquis and his wife Jane. The new Garden of Persistent Imagination at Monteviot is the most adventurous of all the gardens and with an eclectic mixture of natural stone structures.