Events and Exhibitions

Open Day, Focusing on the History and Folklore of Herbs

SUN, 31 july 2022


admission is free, donations are welcome

Your chance to visit Shambellie and discover more about the history and folklore of herbs.

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An opportunity to see inside Shambellie House and find out more about our programme of courses, events and activities.  For this open day there is a particular focus on the history and folklore of herbs with a display of fresh and dried plants and historic artefacts.  Find out how women used Ladies Mantle in the 18th century, why Meadowsweet’s common name is Courtship and Matrimony, and much more.  Shop and tea room will be open for tea, coffee and cakes.

Olga Stewart, part of the family dynasty who built and lived at Shambellie was one of the leading botanists in Scotland and was appointed as the botanical recorded for Kirkcudbrightshire.  Olga discovered a new species of dandelion in a number of places in Dumfries and Galloway which was given the name Taraxacum Olgae (Olga’s dandelion).  She was concerned about nature conservation and encouraged landowners and other environmental managers to do their best for plants.  We continue to celebrate her achievements and are holding a botanical illustration workshop with Lady Jane Parker-Clark on 22 September.  For more information visit Botanical Illustration.



Essential Information

The herb displays are on the Ground Floor accessed by a short flight of stairs or stair lift.

There is a shop and refreshments on site.