In 1874, David Murray took on the role of head gardener to Archibald Kennedy, third Marquess of Ailsa and was instrumental in enabling Culzean Castle to grow a collection of rare and exotic plants from across the globe.
David Murray’s greatest legacy is that in 1887 he bred the first Ailsa Craig onion, named after the island visible from Culzean Castle. These onions are still regarded as the most successful all-purpose onions and are one of the best-loved exhibition onions.
The stunning clifftop castle is now cared for by conservation charity the National Trust for Scotland and a team of gardeners work hard to maintain the grounds for visitors.
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To find out more about Culzean Castle, visit www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/culzean.