- A short drive from Edinburgh is the small town of Balerno and the quiet sanctuary of this three acre, walled garden. Offering a welcoming breath of fresh air away from the bustle of the city centre, it has beautiful, giant 400 year-old yew trees, herbaceous borders and (if you're there in the right season) a multitude of gorgeous roses. Take time to stroll around the extensive woodland and to examine the National Bonsai Collection for Scotland. The splendid 17th century house and its two fine Georgian reception rooms are occasionally open to the public.
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