Johnsons’ plants make a scenic trip to Highland hotel

Johnsons of Whixley’s plants have made a scenic trip to The Torridon, a luxurious five-star hotel in the Scottish Highlands.

The plants, worth more than £5,000, have formed part of the new ‘Arturcus’ Gin Garden at the award-winning hotel.

The supply comprises 460 Buxus Smpervirens (Box), that have been used for partitioning around a star-shaped pool and pergola, 1,500 herbaceous plants including Achillea, Alstroemeria, Crocosmia and Rudbeckia, and four Sorbus Aucuparia (Rowan) trees.

The hotel has a history of awards including the Cateys Independent Hotel of the Year 2018 and has received five stars from both the AA and Visit Scotland. Built in 1860 as a hunting lodge for William King-Noel, the first Earl of Lovelace, all materials for the building – including the soil for the two-acre Kitchen Garden – were shipped in specially from Ireland.

A century later, the lodge became a hotel and today includes the Torridon Inn and self-catering Boat House. Current owners are Dan and Rohaise Rose-Bristow who have completed a full refurbishment including a revival of the Kitchen Garden, used by head chef Ross Stovold to create fresh and unique tastes to diners that can be washed down by the hotel’s very own ‘Arturcus Gin’.

Johnsons of Whixley marketing co-ordinator Eleanor Richardson said: “It’s wonderful to know our plants are making a difference in this stunning part of the world. Our drivers are already looking forward to the next scenic drive to the Torridon!”

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