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Geilston Garden

Geilston garden will reopen to the public from 11 March 2024
Geilston is a most compelling and diverse garden, enjoyed for its tranquillity but still packed with a full range of horticultural delights in its 10 acres.

The centrepiece of the walled garden is a giant Wellingtonia, which overlooks brilliant spring displays of azaleas. In summer, the grand scale of the herbaceous border is truly impressive. The real jewel in the crown is the newly restored MacKenzie and Moncur glasshouse. Don’t miss the unique 1797 potting shed with a secret window overlooking the Geilston Burn.

Green doors set into the garden wall invite you to wander out into the magical woodland garden complete with a waterfall, bridges over the burn and mossy paths. In spring, the woods are carpeted with an understorey of wood anemones and bluebells below the verdant tree canopy.

The opening of the new Hobbit Hole woodland play area will take place at the beginning of the 2016 season with the Young Explorers' Garden Trail available throughout April and May.

The recently-planted prairie border demonstrates how perennials can provide stunning, environmentally friendly summer colour. Find inspirational growing tips in the large kitchen garden and apple orchard; a wide range of fruit and vegetables are on sale to visitors in season. Herbaceous plants are also for sale, to allow you to recreate some of Geilston’s planting schemes at home.

Geilston is intimate and tranquil, with the secluded appeal of a private garden. Unique surprises await you around every corner: discover the Geils’s marriage well, the cherub bird bath and the quirky dipping tank. Geilston – a garden of genius!

Getting there: On A814 at west end of Cardross, 18m NW of Glasgow. 3m from National Cycle Network Route 7. BUS: Glasgow - Helensburgh; or half hourly train service to Cardross station (1m) on the Glasgow to Helensburgh line.

Facilities available: Wheelchair access except for woodland. Accessible toilet. Refreshments available from coffee machine in visitor reception. Plants and produce for sale - produce available according to season.Guided Tours: by prior arrangement only (inc school groups) Suitable for picnics within woodland area on benches and table.

OPEN: 1 April to 31 October (or Easter week if earlier) daily, 9.30am-5.00pm.
Contact Information
Opening Dates:
1st April - 31st October
Opening Times:
9.30 am - 5.00 pm
Contact: Alison Farrell
Tel: 01389 849187
Address: Cardross, Dumbarton G82 5HD
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