Woodside is owned and managed by gardening duo Emma and Stephen Emmerson, with help from an enthusiastic and dedicated team of staff. Located within a Victorian Walled Garden, Woodside is home to a large and well-stocked plant centre, filled with plants professionally grown on site, as well as those sourced from other Scottish and UK growers. Our cosy Birdhouse Tearoom overlooks our bird-feeding station, where you can enjoy up close views of our garden birds, whilst enjoying a cup of freshly made coffee and delicious home-baking, or a light lunch. On dry days our garden seating area is very popular with tearoom users as the south facing site makes it a sun trap! Dogs on leads are welcome in the garden seating area.
We officially opened the RSPB Homes for Wildlife Garden at Woodside in 2011, which was built and initially by members of the Borders Branch of the RSPB. In that same year we exhibited our Homes for Wildlife Garden at Gardening Scotland and won a gold medal for our exhibit which was featured on BBC Scotland’s Beechgrove Garden. Since then, the local branch of the RSPB has sadly folded, but we are continuing this project by establishing our own registered charity – the Woodside Garden for Wildlife and Wellbeing. We have plenty of volunteering possibilities, so please just ask if you would like to help.
We are also developing a vegetable garden at Woodside, which provides fruit, salads and vegetables for our Tearoom kitchen, as well as regularly raiding my own vegetable garden for fresh produce.
Woodside is open every day, and offers visitors a delightful experience, with our own unique take on a garden centre!