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Country house life in the Highlands : the Younger family at Benmore, 1889 - 1929

Younger, DavidUUUU
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In 1929, the policies of Harry George Younger's family estate, Benmore, became part of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), giving it the opportunity to expand beyond the confines of a city garden and grow plants better suited to the moist climate of the west coast. With that generous gift, Benmore became the first of RBGE's three Regional Gardens: the other two are Logan Botanic Garden near Stranraer in Galloway and Dawyck Botanic Garden near Peebles in the Scottish Borders. In this booklet, Harry Younger's grandson, David, tells the story of the Benmore estate, from the early days when it was cleared for grazing sheep, through the planting of the first exotic conifers to the developments undertaken by the Younger family. He describes in vivid and often amusing detail the Edwardian country lifestyle enjoyed by the Youngers and their houseguests, and the changing times which finally led to the family gifting their beloved Benmore to the nation.
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