The National Trust for Scotland
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 100 foot Wellingtonia tree, 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 completely restored 40 foot Victorian Mackenzie & 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 Geilston Burn and mossy paths. In spring, the woods are carpeted with an under storey of wood anemones and bluebells below the verdant tree canopy.
The 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.
The garden has many attractions for families: children can enjoy the Green Play Hobbit Hole play area, complete with child-sized mushroom table and chairs, and magnifying posts which turn mini-beasts into monsters! In good weather there is a range of exciting garden games to try, and a soft tennis set on the old tennis court. Families can also picnic in the garden, create their own adventures in the woodland, and play Poohsticks on the bridges.
Geilston is intimate and tranquil, with the secluded appeal of a private garden. Unique surprises await you around every corner: discover the Geils’ marriage well, the cherub bird bath and the quirky dipping tank. Geilston – a garden of genius!
Please note: only assistance dogs are allowed in the garden.
Geilston Garden is situated on the main A814 road from Dumbarton to Helensburgh, just beyond the Helensburgh end of Cardross village. A half-hourly train service from Glasgow to Helensburgh stops at Cardross station, which is one mile from the garden. The 1B bus from Glasgow to Helensburgh stops at the garden entrance (by request). A cycle rack is available in the car park.