The Historic Rofsie Estate dates from the 11th century and is centrally located within the beautiful Kingdom of Fife. The Estate woodlands were formerly used as a hunting ground by Mary Queen of Scots. A hidden Covenanters Tomb and charming Walled Garden, are set within the organically managed farmland which abounds with roe deer and red squirrels.
Thought provoking restored 1½ acre walled garden, with themes of family, art and science. Rare plants and daffodils bred by the family’s forbears, the Backhouses, form a unique historic collection. The Backhouse Heritage Daffodils are in the process of seeking National Collection status, they caused a sensation in the mid 1800s - mid 1900s and changed daffodil breeding forever. This rare and unique collection of original daffodils bred by three generations of the family are grown in designed beds as a special display, a further 14,000 daffodils grow in the grounds’. Graceful 100 metres interrupted rose archway, stunning herbaceous borders, original Victorian Glass House, formal potager, pond, grass labyrinth, new orchard, shade border and sunny lawns. Research of family papers informs plantings and shows close links with Kew Gardens.
Situated between Auchtermuchty and Collessie on A91. One mile east of Auchtermuchty turn right for Charlottetown, turn first right into Rofsie Estate onto an untarred drive.
Please see our Backhouse Products - under The Backhouse Centre:
- Every product you invest in helps us journey back in time to bring Backhouse heritage back to life for people to enjoy.
- If you liked our coffee at our garden openings why not... percolate your day with our Backhouse Blended Coffee.
- The magic ingredient to the lemon biscuits served in our cafe is: Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora), named after our relative James Backhouse.
- Following in our horticultural family's footsteps, the Backhouse Nursery offers cut flowers and home grown plants and herbs for your garden!
- Our 100% pure-beeswax candles help to purify the air and are a lovely natural gift.
- Caroline's limited edition postcards are prints of her original artwork which depict some of our favourite Backhouse Daffodils.
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The Backhouse Centre and Heritage Daffodil Collection
Caroline Thomson, through her mother's line, is a direct descendent of the Backhouse's and it is this connection that has led to the formation of the Backhouse Centre and Heritage Daffodil Collection at Rofsie, which is currently seeking National Collection Status. We are delighted that this resource has been utilised by PhD students writing their thesis and academics researching Quaker and Horticultural links to our family's legacy.
This week's activity includes working on the new herb area including 16 different mints.
BBC-2's Beechgrove Garden Episode 5 compared the benefits of old and new daffodils, Rofsie Arts Garden & Backhouse Centre was featured in this episode and the fact sheet. See also Scottish Field March 2016 for an eight page feature "Spring Fling" on us. We are also listed in Kenneth Cox latest edition of 'Scotland for Gardeners' - A Guide to Scottish Gardens.
Opening times Monday - Friday 10am-4pm
Entrance - £4.00 per person (free car park)
The Backhouse Centre & Cafe is closed during early August
for renovation but....
The Gardens and Plant Sales are open as per times above.
Backhouse products continue to be avilable via this website.
(no dogs, except assistance dogs & no photography please)