The Village of Killearn, Scotland

Scotland's Gardens Scheme 2017
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 40% of the day's takings to registered charities of their own choice. In 2017 many different charities, some small local charities and some large well known organisations, will benefit in this way. 60% of the funds raised, net of expenses, will be given to four Scotland's Gardens Beneficiaries :-

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

By arrangement 1 February to 31 December.

Rowberry, 18 Castle Road, Dollar FK14 7BE.

On the road up to Castle Campbell and overlooking Dollar Glen. In Dollar pass along the burn side, turn right at the "T" junction then follow the signs for Castle Campbell and Dollar Glen. Park at the bottom of Castle Road or in Quarry car park just up from the house.

A colourful garden which featured in the "Beechgrove Garden" in summer 2011. There are several mixed shrub and herbaceous borders, a wildlife pond, two rockeries, fruit and vegetable gardens, a mini-orchard and alpine troughs. The owner is a plant enthusiast and likes to collect unusual specimens.

Admission £4.00, children free. 40% to Hillfoot Harmony Barbershop Singers, net remaining to SGS charities.

By arrangement 1 February to 30 November.

Duntreath Castle, Blanefield G63 9AJ.

Located on A81 north of Glasgow between Blanefield and Killearn.

The Castle has extensive gardens with mixture of mature and new planting. Ornamental landscaped lake, waterfall garden with shrubs and spring planting and a bog garden. Extensive lawns below formal fountain and rose parterre with herbaceous border. Stunning display of snowdrops along the side of the former drive. Woodland walk. 15th century keep and chapel.

Full disabled access, dogs allowed on lead only.

Admission £4.00, children free. All proceeds to SGS charities.

5 February to 12 March (daily) 11:00-15:30; 13 March to 30 September (Monday to Friday only) 11:00-15:30.
Also Sunday 23 April 12:00-17:00.

Gargunnock House Garden, Gargunnock, FK8 3AZ.

5 Miles west of Stirling on A811, follow the Scotland's Gardens signs.

Large mature garden with walled garden, well established house garden, woodland walks with species and hybrid rhododendrons, massed planting of azaleas and wonderful specimen trees. Snowdrops in February to March, over 40 varieties of daffodils in April, and glorious Azaleas and Rhododendrons in May. Late season colours from the wonderful trees along the drive. The 3 acre walled garden is being fully restored with perennial borders, cut flower beds, kitchen garden and newly planted orchard. Look inside gardeners' polytunnels. On guided tours they can explain their propagation methods. Picnic benches and seating in walled garden. New arboretum planting started in 2015.

Full disabled access, dogs allowed on lead only. Guided tours available for partiers with refreshments. Please arrange by using e-mail "gargunnockgardens@btinternet.com". Please not Gargunnock House will not be open. Plant stalls at rear of Gargunnock House and in Walled Garden (Rhododendrons, Azaleas and shrubs).

On 23 April there will be a major plant sale with a wonderful selection of azaleas, rhododendrons with other shrubs, herbaceous plants and bulbs. Homemade teas will be available from Gargunnock House.

Admission £4.00 (£5 on 23 April), children free. Honesty box at the car park. 20% to Children's Hospice Association, 20% to Gargunnock Community Trust, net remaining to SGS charities.

21 March 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. There is a vegetable garden with beehives and a rock garden with views over the Gareloch.

There is no general catering but catering for groups can be provided by prior arrangement.

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

By arrangement 1 April to 30 September, Sunday 26 February 13:30-16:30 and Sunday 17 September 14:00-17:00.

Kilbryde Castle, Dunblane FK15 9NF. Off A820 Doune to Dunblane road, 3 miles from Doune and Dunblane. On Garden Scheme days, it is signposted from the A820.

Traditional Scottish baronial house rebuilt in 1877 to replace building dating from 1461. The gardens cover around 12 acres above the Ardoch Burn and below the castle. They are split into three sections - formal, woodland and wild. Spring bulbs (including huge drifts of snowdrops in the wild garden during February and March) and autumn colour provided by clematis and acers. Natural planting of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and magnolias in the woodland garden.
On 26 February and 17 September only cream teas will be available, plant stall.
Partial disabled access. Dogs allowed on lead.

Admission £5 in September £4 at other times, children free. 40% to Leighton Library, net remaining to SGS charities.

1 April to 31 May by arrangement and 14 May 14:00-17:00.

Milseybank, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4NB

Situated on the A9, 1 mile from junction 11, M9 and 1/4 mile from Bridge of Allan. Milseybank is at the top of the lane at Lecropt Nursery 250 yards from Bridge of Allan railway station.

An interesting sloping garden with outstanding views, terraced for ease of access. Woodland with bluebells, rhododendrons, magnolias, camellias and many other unusual plants including a big variety of mecanopsis, and water features. A true plantsman's garden to inspire you with several quiet corners to sit in.

Disabled access. Dogs allowed on lead.

Admission £4.00, accompanied children free. 40% to Strathcarron Hospice, net remaining to SGS charities.

Sunday 30 April 14:00-17:00.

The Pass House, Kilmahog, Callander FK17 8HD.

2 miles from Callander on A84 to Lochearnhead.

Well planted medium sized garden with steep banks down to swift river. Garden paths are not steep. Camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas, alpines and shrubs. The SGS plaque awarded for 25 years of opening will be on display.

Admission £4.00, children free. 40% to Crossroads Care Attendant Scheme, net remaining to SGS charities.

1 May to 31 October, by arrangement.

Gardener's Cottage Walled Garden, Ballochruin Road, Killearn, G63 9QB.

From A811 from Stirling take turning to Balfron A875 and go right through the village towards Killearn. Just through Boquhan take turning on right signposted Balfron Station. Entrance to drive second on left.
From A81 from Milngavie, drive through Killearn and after about 1/2 mile (on steep twisting road) take left turn to Balfron Station.
Avoid using sat-nav with our postcode as this takes you to wrong place!

Present owners acquired the garden in 2013 and planted large herbaceous borders with box hedging, roses and many unusual plants. There is a white garden, an orchard, vegetable area, long shrub border with primulas and gentians and an alpine border. The restored Victorian Fernery has peach and pear trees, vegetables and Salvias. Long season of interest with peonies, primulas and bulbs in the spring, roses and herbaceous flowering in summer, and many autumn flowers including rudbeckias, Michaelmas daisies and aconitums. Below the house there is a small area of mature conifers, rhododendrons and a collection of ferns. The garden is surrounded by mature conifers of the Designed Landscape of Carbeth and there a fine views of the Campsie Fells.
The garden won the Hidden Gardens of Killearn trophy at the Killearn Cottagers' Horticultural Society Shows in 2014 and 2015.

Partial disabled access. Groups welcome.

Admission £5.00 includes garden tour and tea/coffee and scones. 40% to British Horse Society Scotland, net remaining to SGS charities.

By arrangement 15 May to 18 June.

Arndean by Dollar, FK14 7NH.

Arndean is well signposted off the A977.

A beautiful mature garden extending to 15 acres including a woodland walk. There is a formal herbaceous part, a small vegetable garden and an orchard. In addition there are flowering shrubs, abundant and striking rhododendrons and azaleas, and many fine specimen trees. Tree house for children.

Groups welcome, full disabled access, dogs allowed on lead.

Admission £5.00, accompanied children free. 40% to Marie Curie Cancer Care, net remaining to SGS beneficiaries.

Sunday 21 May 14:00-17:00.

Dun Dubh, Kinlochard Road, Aberfoyle, FK8 3TJ.

Car parking is limited to disabled badge holders and helpers, but there will be free transport to and from Aberfoyle car park throughout the afternoon. Parking on the road is dangerous and prohibited. Guide dogs only.

PLEASE NOTE: The opening is the same day as the Stirling Marathon. Please look out for diversions and expect heavy traffic in Stirling.

Follow the signs to the car park in the centre of Aberfoyle, look for the Garden Open signs. There will be free transport to and from the garden from the car park throughout the afternoon.

A late Victorian garden of 6 acres which is undergoing restoration and development. It is set on a series of terraces and slopes which run down to the shore of Loch Ard with superb views west to Ben Lomond framed by stands of mature conifers. There is an enclosed, colour themed, formal garden on three terraces and a new Victorian style glasshouse overlooking a terraced kitchen and fruit garden. A formal paved terrace at the front of the house overlooks a newly developed rock garden and crag. The lower walk from the boat house to the main lawn gives views across the Loch. A developing woodland garden leads to a formal, late summer, herbaceous border and a terraced heather garden.

This garden featured on "The Beechgrove Garden" in May 2014 and "Scottish Field" in November 2014.

Admission £5.00 accompanied children free. 40% to Help for Heroes, net remaining to SGS beneficiaries.

Sunday 21 May 14:00-17:00.

Ross Priory, Gartocharn G83 8NL.

Off A811 1½ miles from Gartocharn. Bus Balloch to Gartocharn leaves Balloch at 13:52.

1812 Gothic addition by James Gillespie Graham to a house of 1693. The adjoining garden has wonderful views over Loch Lomond. A good selection of Rhododendrons and azaleas which are the principle plants in the garden, with a varied selection shrubs and trees. Spectacular spring bulbs, border planting of herbaceous perennials. An extensive walled garden with glasshouses, a pergola and ornamental planting. Family burial ground. There are nature and garden trails. Play area and putting green by the house.

Partial disabled access. Teas in house (which is not open to view). Plant stall, full disabled access, dogs allowed on lead except in walled garden. Plant stall in walled garden.

Admission £5 children under 12 free. 20% to CHAS, 20% to University of Strathclyde Ross Priory gardens, net remaining to SGS beneficiaries.

Sunday 28 May, 13:00-17:00

Bridge of Allan Gardens, FK9 4AT..

Signposted from within Bridge of Allan. Tickets and maps will be available from all open gardens. The addresses will be published on the website nearer the opening time.

Bridge of Allan residents have previously opened their gardens from time to time. This year there a five new gardens in addition to four who have opened in the past. Four are small gardens each with the same size of plot but with very different designs all with varied planting. A new large garden has many species rhododendrons and a Victorian well. Other large gardens include a Victorian garden, with beautiful trees and shrubs, a vegetable garden and pond; a semi terraced garden divided into separate rooms with wild spaces, water features and sculptures; and a Japanese inspired garden with a variety of acers, shrubs, specimen trees and a vegetable garden.

Teas will be served in St Saviour's Church Hall, Keir Street from 13:30 to 17:00.

Admission £5, accompanied children free. 20% to St Saviour's Church, 20% to Artlink Scotland, net remaining to SGS beneficiaries.

Sunday 4 June, 14:00-17:00

Shrubhill, Dunblane, FK15 9PA..

Take the B824 from the Kier roundabout. About 2 miles on the left, just after the David Stirling Memorial, follow the signs and parking advice. From A820 one mile on the right.

Two acres of mixed, informal planting of some unusual rhododendrons, azaleas, other shrubs and specimen trees. Herbaceous borders with mecanopsis, late spring bulbs and a water feature with a wide variety of primulas. There is a small walled garden, mainly for fruit, and a greenhouse with a well established vine. Guide dogs only. Accommodation at the Bothy via Airbnb.

Admission £5.00, accompanied children free. 40% to Crossroads Caring Scotland (West Stirling Branch), net remaining to SGS beneficiaries.

Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 June inclusive, 10:00-17:00

The Mill House, Fintry, G63 0YD..

Signed from the Kippen Road. Disabled parking only at the house but ample parking at the Fintry Sports Club or on-road parking in the village.

Delightful small country garden with interesting planting at the front of the house. Plants are chosen for their resistance to deer and rabbits! There are late spring bulbs, geraniums, poppies and other colourful herbaceous plants and shrubs.

This opening corresponds to the Forth Valley Art Beat (Open Studios) week. There will be an opportunity to see the artist's studio as well as the garden which provides a lot of inspiration. There may be other artists, country crafts and interesting activities on offer. Tea and coffee may be available depending upon numbers.

Admission by donation. All proceeds to SGS beneficiaries.

Sunday 25 June 14:00-17:00, and by arrangement 1 April to 15 October.

Thorntree, Arnprior FK8 3EY.

A811, take Fintry Road from Arnprior, garden is second on the right.

This garden, owned by Mark and Carol Seymoor, evolved trying to keep a "cottage" feel. The dry stone wall was financed by selling old silver. Mark was given an apple arch to encourage him into the garden. The lawns are mown by Mark to bowling green standards. A charming country garden with flower beds arranged around a courtyard with views from Ben Lomond to Ben Ledi. There is an apple walk, Saltire garden and a new Mecanopsis bed. A good display of primroses at the end of April and beginning of May.

Plant are for sale throughout the year, full disabled access, no dogs except guide dogs. On 25th June there may be tea or coffee and biscuits available for a donation if the weather is fine.

Admission £4.00, accompanied children free. 40% to Forth Driving Group RDA, net remaining to SGS beneficiaries.

Sunday 9 July 14:00-17:00.

Moon Cottage, Greenyards, Dunblane, FK15 9NX.

One and a half miles on B824 from Kier Roundabout towards Doune - at stone walled entrance to Greenyards farm track on right.
(Do not go down to white cottages, Biggins as indicated by GPS. Take next track on right after half a mile).
Coming from Doune take B824 towards Bridge of Allan. The track entrance is on the left, about a half mile past the David Stirling Memorial statue.
Follow the yellow garden open signs.

This is a fairly young garden. It has grown up over the past ten to fifteen years on the edge of farm land adjacent to a wood plantation. There are herbaceous beds, a wonderful variety of trees and shrubs, a vegetable patch, fruit trees and a pond. Another feature is a folly!
The grass may be soft if it is wet. Some paths are a bit rough.

Admission £4.00, accompanied children free. 40% to MND Scotland, net remaining to SGS beneficiaries.

Sunday 30 July 14:00-17:30 and by arrangement 1 May to 30 September

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

Tors is an award winning mixed Victorian town garden of 1 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. Partial disabled access. No dogs except guide dogs.

Admission £4.00 accompanied children free. 40% to Strathcarron Hospice, net remaining to SGS beneficiaries.

Sunday 6 August 14:00-17:00.

Little Carbeth, Drumtian Road, Killearn, G63 9QB

Turn down Drumtian Road from Balfron Road, Killearn (opposite the tennis courts). Little Carbeth is on the left about 1/2 mile from junction.

This is a young garden with interesting design features. Where there was once a field, sweeping lawns now lead down to a wildlife lochan with many varieties of primulas, unusual grasses and other water plants. There is also a wildflower meadow, a formal parterre by the house, many shrubs and specimen trees, a small but productive vegetable garden and a new orchard. There are lovely views all round the garden.

Parking will be signed a short distance from the house. Teas will be available in the garage area and there will be a plant stall.

Admission £5.00 accompanied children free. 40% to the Preshal Trust, net remaining to SGS beneficiaries.