VISIT TO THE TEVIOT SMOKERY AND WATERGARDENS
Text by David Marshall
by Sue and David Marshall
Anybody visiting the Scottish Borderlands cannot
help but be impressed by the town of Jedburgh. Here the almost unreal Abbey ruins
dominate the landscape of a town like nowhere else Sue and I know in the U.K.
If you take the Kelso road from Jedburgh
(A698) you will come to a Garden Centre with the title of The Teviot Smokery.
Here you will find all of the usual items offered for sale at such places, plus
an aquatic hardware section selling own branded foods for pond fish and a good
stock of pond accessories.
Walk through the Garden
Centre, after enjoying a coffee in the lovely cafeteria, and you will find yourself
in an open area.
The first feature you will find is a small coldwater fish
sales area. On the day of our visit 8 small and 4 large vats were in operation
and held a good variety of quality fish that included Black Sturgeon, various
forms of Ghost Koi, Mirror Carp, Golden Tench, Golden Orfe and Barbel.
Ghost Koi and Golden Tench
comes a very impressive show pond that contains some amazing fully grown Blue
Orfe, Rudd, Koi and Ghost Koi varieties. I just stood for ages and watched the
various activities going on here.
Into the plant section and the choice of plants for both ponds and water gardens
Now turn to your right
and you will see a bank of sixty gradual steps that take you down to the river
front. It is absolutely beautiful here as you have a wide view of both the waterway
and the natural landscape around it. Various birds flew around us and we were
told that, if you are lucky, the local Otters might make an appearance. On a warm
day you are welcome to walk for miles along the riverbank.
make your way backup the bank, you do so through a small series of beautifully
landscaped ponds joined by ornamental bridges and pathways. Stunning is a good
word to describe the 'living picture' that unfolds before your eyes. As you will
see from the photographs the ponds are 'natural' and consist of a lily pond, a
rush pond and a wildlife pond. All are beautifully landscaped with an amazing
variety of flowers, bushes and trees; perfectly placed to show-off each pond to
view from the top of the bank
Beautifully landscaped gardens and flowers.
you are in the Kelso area then make a visit to the Teviot Smokery a priority.
You will not be disappointed.