The Village of Killearn, Scotland

Scotland's Gardens Scheme 2020
Gardens Opening in the Area

Scotland's Gardens Scheme is a registered Scottish charity (No. SCO11337) which was founded in 1931 to support the Queen's Nursing Institute, Scotland. Now around 400 gardens open to the public each year. The owners donate entry fees and revenue from teas and plant sales to support the beneficiary charities.

The owner of a garden which is open under the scheme may donate up to 60% of the day's takings to registered charities of their own choice. In 2019 many different charities, some small local charities and some large well known organisations, will benefit in this way. 40% of the funds raised, net of expenses, will be given to the three core beneficiaries of the scheme :-

Due to Covid-19 restrictions many of the gardens have been unable to open this year but some will re-open from 15th July. Those currently expecting to open during this season are given below. The list will be updated as and when there is more information.

For up-to-date information on openings visit the Scotland's Gardens website at www.scotlandsgardens.org.

15 July to 21 September dawn to dusk.

Glenarn, Glenarn Road, Rhu, Helensburgh G84 8LL.

On A814, two miles north of Helensburgh, up Pier Road. Cars to be left at gate unless passengers are infirm.

Glenarn survives as a complete example of a 10 acre garden that spans from 1850 to the present day. Sheltered woodland garden overlooking the Gareloch. There are winding paths through glens under a canopy of oak and lime and sunlit open spaces. Glenarn is famous for its collection of rare and tender rhododendrons but there are many other horticultural delights including fine magnolias and other interesting trees and shrubs. In season there are profusions of snowdrops, crocus, daffodils, erythroniums and primulas with roses and climbing hydrangeas through the trees in high summer. There is a vegetable garden with beehives and a rock garden, full of surprise and season long colour, with views over the Gareloch.

On 28 April there will be a plant sale with magnolias, rhododendrons, maples, mecanopsis and other ericaceous plants raised from cuttings from Glenarn plants or from specialist seed exchanges. Lots of other interesting plants will be available. Tea, coffee and home made scones will be availableand Glenarn Honey will be for sale.

There is no general catering but catering for groups can be provided by prior arrangement. Partial wheelchair access, dogs onlead only.

Admission £5.00, no charge to accompanied children under 16. Donation to SGS charities.

Sunday 26 July 14:00-17:30.

The Tors, 2 Slamannan Road, Falkirk FK1 5LG

The B803 to the south of Falkirk leads to Glenbrae Road. Turn right at the traffic lights into Slammannan Road. The Tors is a Victorian building immediately on the left. The Torrs is within 200 yards of Falkirk High Station

The Tors is an award winning mixed Victorian garden of just over 0ne acre with a secret woodland garden to one side and an orchard and wild area to the rear. Many unusual Maple trees, hydrangeas and rhododendrons are the main interest in this garden along with several wildlife ponds and water features. There are two fine avenues of Chinese paperbark maples. The garden was featured in the "Beechgrove Garden" for autumn colour in September 2010, but the best time to see the garden is at the end of July or the beginning of August. "Scotland on Sunday" featured the house and garden in an article with many lovely photographs in September 2015.

Plant stall and homemade teas. Full disabled access. No dogs except guide dogs.

Admission £4.00 accompanied children free. Donations to Strathcarron Hospice and SGS beneficiaries.