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Our gardener

The Head Gardener at Floors Castle is Andrew Simmons. With 42 years experience including previously been employed at Balmoral, Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge, a keen eye for detail and an unrivalled passion for gardening.

Q. What is the best thing about working at Floors?

A. I would have to say the variety. Floors is home to a huge walled garden packed with herbaceous borders, lawns, woodland gardens, hot houses, a vegetable patch, indoor plants, private gardens… the list is endless!

Q. If you could improve one thing about the gardens at Floors, what would it be?

A. I would like to lift and divide the Hot Border. It is so erratic, it is hard to maintain. The other herbaceous borders are all carefully planned and mapped out but the Hot Border runs wild. I suppose you could say that it was part of its charm.

Q. Could you tell us more about the team of gardeners employed at Floors?

A. Well we are very lucky to have an excellent team here. Each has their own specialist subject.
- Len Freshwater is fantastic with the grapes and peaches in the hot house. 
- Simon McManus is exceptionally good with potted plants – the streptocarpus especially. 
- Brian Shearer is the grass man! He works from dawn to dusk in the summer months to keep the lawns looking neatly trimmed. 
- Kenny Thomson is the longest serving gardener and has experience with all aspects of gardening.

Q. Tell us more about working at Balmoral.

A. I worked at Balmoral for ten years and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very challenging because there was virtually no top soil, there was no month when we didn’t get frost and there was lots of shade! But you knew what the family wanted from the gardens and they let you get on with it.

Q. and what was the Queen like?

A. She had a keen interest in the gardens which was fantastic.  


Q. What is your favourite plant

A. A rose. Roseraie de l'Hay – it has a lovely crimson colour and the most wonderful scent that you just want to bury your nose in.

Q. What is the best thing about being a gardener?

A. Enjoying the results of all of the labours! It is so rewarding to see the borders looking their best.

Q. And the worst?

A. Last Spring frosts can be damaging and frustrating but you learn to live with the effect of the weather.

Q. What couldn’t you live without?

A. Secateurs to prune those unruly shoots.

Q. If you weren’t a Gardener, what would you be?

A. Hmm…Something outdoors – just the thought of an office job makes my head hurt! Maybe a Mountain Guide?

Q. What is your top tip for budding gardeners?

A. Work with what surrounds you! Don’t try and recreate something you have seen elsewhere. Look at what surrounds you, consider the environment and weather of your garden and plan it from there. 

Festive Tasting Day

Festive Tasting Day
Wednesday 2nd December 10am-4pm You are invited to our Christmas Food to Go tasting day at the Terrace Cafe on Wednesday 2nd December 10am - 4pm. Join us anytime throughout the day and taste the Castle Kitchen made cake, shortbreads, mince pies, tablet, chutneys and lots lots more! Festive Tasting Day

Visit our Terrace cafe

Visit our Terrace cafe
Delicious Castle made food served here! Whether you fancy a delicious latté and a home made scone or lunch with friends where you can indulge yourself with dishes like our famous fishcakes or kedgeree, you will always find a tasty menu with something for all ages and tastes.. Check out our wonderful seasonal menus and treat yourself to some of the finest food Scotland has to offer. The Terrace Cafe, Deli and Gift shop is open daily all year round. Read more

Christmas Hampers

Christmas Hampers
The perfect Christmas gift Create your own bespoke hamper filled with your choice of fine Castle made food and gifts from the Terrace Café Gift Shop or select from a range of ready made hampers.The perfect Christmas gift - for the teacher, for the man in your life, for chocolate lover's or for those that like the classic Floors fine foods. Order your Hamper now

Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers
The perfect Christmas gift Floors Castle monetary gift vouchers. A great gift idea and can be used for Castle, Grounds, Gardens tickets or in our Cafe's for a delicious coffee morning treat or a relaxed luncheon. Pop in to our Terrace Cafe to buy your voucher gift or call 01573 223 333 to have them sent to you. Terrace Cafe open daily. . Gift Vouchers