Andrea Sinclair Garden Designer

Passionate about plants and design
A garden designer based in Aberdeenshire

My own garden 
I not only love designing and helping others with their gardens, but I totally live for gardening! I have 'gardened' since I was 19 when I got my own garden. 

Before buying this property I now live in, I moved around a lot and hence have had many gardens, all shapes and sizes!
The garden I have now (and have no intentions of ever leaving!)  is a small informal country garden extending to half an acre with a further six acres of wild flowers, native trees and a pond. I call this large area 'the wilderness'. 

The main garden used to be a field with a hard-standing for livestock. Now, after 16 years of development,  there are mixed borders  filled with a wide variety of bulbs, hardy perennials and shrubs. Always being changed and added too.  I love to grow plants from cuttings and seed, so much satisfaction when it all goes well and less said about it when it doesn't! 

The wildlife area of six acres is still in development (started in 2010) and has over 500 native trees & shrubs, and wildflowers, including marsh orchids.  This area has already  attracted many and varied birds, butterflies and animals. Here the area is kept as natural as possible. 

I try and garden organically and keep in mind the others that visit the garden - birds and wildlife in general
Some comments from the 'comments book' from visitors to my garden

"What a lovely tranquil garden, felt totally relaxed after the walk round the wilderness!" M.Bird
"How lovely see someone making room for the wildlife, well done!

"The wilderness is magical!" D.M. Stonehaven 
"Lovely garden and layout, we love your pet sheep!" N&A Binnie, South Uist, Hebrides.
"Super meadows with swallows swooping.  Beautiful gardens". Bill, Moragh and Murray. 
"Loved all the flowers and the wildlife area" Jan and Katherine 
"A beautiful, restful garden and the walks through the meadows, well worth the journey." Colin and Rita Young. 

Scotland's Gardens Scheme
I open my garden under Scotland's Gardens, a registered charity created in 1931, raises funds for other deserving charities by facilitating the opening of gardens of horticultural interest of all sizes throughout Scotland to the public.
Please see the website* and search for 'Clayfolds' to find out visiting dates.​​

Featured in the Press&Journal, June 2017  "a rather special garden

Featured in Mearns Leader, July 2017 'Local garden opens for charity'

2017:  - over 120 visitors to the garden on the Open Day, great for the charities.
2018:-   another lovely Open Day - this time with children's activities. 
 Mr Lowry visits Clayfolds!

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