BEAUTIFUL PARKS AND GARDENS
Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire is home to a number of fantastic parks and gardens from hidden gems of greenery in the city centre to wide advancing gardens in the countryside.
Duthie Park is the most famous, spreading across 44 acres since 1883. Within the park are the David Welch Winter Gardens, which house many exotic plants including the largest collection of cacti in Britain. The park is an ideal setting for the perfect day out with the family, with activities from boating in the ponds to cricket on the lawns.
With charming areas such as Johnstone Gardens, it’s easy to see why Aberdeen has won Britain in Bloom a record breaking 10 times. The garden has streams, waterfalls, ponds and a rustic bridge, making you feel like you’ve stepped into The Secret Garden. It’s little wonder the garden is a popular choice as the perfect setting for bridal couples to have their picture taken.
A stand out feature of Aberdeen is its ‘hidden gem’ that is Union Terrace Gardens, found at the very heart of the city. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a natural amphitheatre but instead a valley that has had a Victorian Viaduct built (1888) at its North end. The gardens are used for occasional concerts and leisure activities including New Year celebrations, as well as providing an oasis for relaxation in the city centre. The gardens’ showpiece, a magnificent floral crest depicting the city’s coat of arms, can be seen at the north side and there are new floral displays and themes each year. For example in 1983 the centenary of the Boys Brigade was marked with a special floral display and members of the BB's helped in its creation.
Aden Country Park in Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire, is a 230 acre country park in the heart of Buchan. Aden (pronounced Aa-den), meaning bonnie burn or brae, offers a warm welcome, beautiful surroundings, and a wide range of opportunities for relaxation and recreation for individuals, families, and groups to enjoy.