The walled garden is typical for medieval houses by being attached to the house, rather than situated far away as in many 18th century and 19th century houses. This makes the garden a joy to view from the house, and easily accessible as an entertaining space.
When the garden was replanted in 2009, we were keen to bring together the traditional elements of Scottish gardens with a Mediterranean sensibility, expressed through the inclusion of a fountain-headed rill-fed from natural springs, lavender walks, a herb courtyard garden, and Romanesque statues. The garden takes a sensitive approach to the history of the house and the local ecology, with most of the flowers chosen for their appeal to our kept-hive and wild bees, migrating butterflies and native insects. This is especially important to us since we harvest a small crop of honey from our hives, which we keep as fresh combs and clear honey. We selected old roses and plants from Shakespeare's literature and poetry that might have been cultivated here in the earlier life of Kemback, including highly fragrant Damask roses, said to have been brought from the Middle East by the Crusaders.
Originally the garden had been almost entirely a vegetable and fruit garden fully cultivated in every space; where there is grass now, there were vegetables. The inner walls of the garden are lined with 100 year old apple trees, as well as peaches, red currants, plums, and pears. We make 350 bottles of Kemback apple juice, exclusively for the consumption of the household, and there are also large crops of Scottish strawberries and raspberries from which we make our own jam.
We added an ornamental potager garden in 2013, designed by Colin McBeath, built on a rotating wheel design using annual and biennial vegetables and flowers, including cavalo nero, asparagus, rhubarb, wild rocket, kale, rainbow chard, courgette, borlotti beans, beetroot, borage, chives, violets, opium poppy, oak leaf lettuces, nasturtium, hyacinth beans and cornflowers.
The gardens and grounds were extensively renovated in 2009 by garden designer Colin McBeath of Quercus Land Art.
The garden was featured in The Scotsman newspaper in 2013, which details the restoration process.