The Village of Killearn, Scotland

Scotland's Gardens Scheme 2018
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 2018 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 four Scotland's Gardens Beneficiaries :-

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

27 January to 11 March (daily) 11:00-15:30; 14 March to 28 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. Car parking at entrance by the lodge.

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. In autumn, stunning colours from the wonderful trees along the drive to the house. The 3 acre walled garden is being fully restored with perennial borders, cut flower beds, greenhouses, fruit orchard and newly planted arboretum of specimen trees.

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, children free. Honesty box at the car park. Contributions to Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance, Gargunnock Community Trust and SGS charities.

By arrangement 1 February to 31 December and Sunday 2 September 14:00 to 17:00.

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 plantaholic and likes to collect unusual specimens.

Home made teas, plant stall, part wheelchair access, dogs allowed on lead.

Admission £4.00, children free. Donations to Hillfoot Harmony Barbershop Singers and 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 and a bog garden. Extensive lawns below formal fountain and rose parterre with herbaceous border leading up to an attractive waterfall garden with shrubs and spring planting. Stunning display of snowdrops along the side of the former drive. There is a Woodland walk and a 15th century keep and chapel.

Full disabled access, dogs allowed on lead only.

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

By arrangement 1 March to 30 September and Sunday 16 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.

Kilbryde Castle gardens, which featured in "Scotland on Sunday" in September 2016, 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. There is some new planting for additional late summer/autumn colour.
On 16 September only cream teas will be available, plant stall.
Partial disabled access. Dogs allowed on lead.

Admission £5 on 16 September, £4 at other times, children free. Donations to Leighton Library and 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, full of surprise and season long colour, with views over the Gareloch.

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 24 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.

The amazing views from Ben Lomond to Ben Ledi and on to Stirling sold Thorntree to Mark and Carol Seymoor 25 years ago. The garden evolved while 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. The courtyard includes flower beds. The Saltire bed was designed in 2002 when Carol stopped growing dried flowers in a 20x20 metre square. The slightly sunken bed, which they inherited on arrival, now holds Mecanopsis. The garden continues to evolve and Carol is now making a wooded area filled with primroses and Martagon lilies.

Plant are for sale throughout the year, full disabled access, no dogs except guide dogs. On 24th June there may be tea or coffee and biscuits available for a donation if the weather is fine.

Admission £4.00, accompanied children free. Donatins to Forth Driving Group RDA and SGS beneficiaries.

Sunday 29 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, magnolias, rhododendrons, azaleas, alpines and shrubs. The SGS plaque awarded for 25 years of opening will be on display. Dogs on lead only.

Admission £4.00, children free. Donations to Crossroads Care Attendant Scheme and SGS charities.

Sunday 29 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

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. Partial disabled access. No dogs except guide dogs.

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

Sunday 6 May 14:00 to 17:00.

Little Broich, Kippen, FK8 3DT.

Will be signposted off the B8037. Parking on the road, disabled badge holders can park at the bottom of the lane.

A tree lover's heaven! An opportunity to see this hidden arboretum in its spring colours, vibrant greens, blossom and a wonderful display of daffodils, camassia and bluebells. Slightly sloping grass paths which can be slippery when wet. Stunning views across the Carse of Sirling. The garden featured in an October 2014 issue of "Scotland on Sunday" and on the "Beechgrove Garden".

Teas, part wheelchair access.

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

Sunday 13 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. Do not park on the road outside Dun Dubh..There is free transport to and from Aberfoyle car park during the opening. Guide dogs only.

Follow the signs to the car park in the centre of Aberfoyle. The minibus wil leave from the bus stop beside the Tourist Office, which is next to the car park. Turn round time is about 15 minutes.

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. 60% to Help for Heroes, net remaining to SGS beneficiaries.

By arrangement 14 May to 17 June.

Arndean by Dollar, FK14 7NH.

Arndean is well signposted off the A977.

A beautiful mature garden, which has been opening for 40 years, 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. There is a tree house for children.

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

Admission £5.00, accompanied children free. 60% to Marie Curie Cancer Care, net remaining to SGS beneficiaries.

Sunday 20 May 13:00 to 17:00.

Bridge of Allan Gardens, Bridge of Allan, FK9.

Signposted from village.

A variety of both large and small gardens, with specimen trees, shrubs and rhododendrons, perennials, water features and a Japanese garden. Homemade teas and plant stall at St. Saviour's Church Hall, Keir Street from 13:30 to 17:00.

Part wheelchair access, dogs allowed on lead.

Admission £5.00, accompanied children free. Donations to St. Saviour's Episcopal Church, Bridge of Allan, Artlink Central Ltd and SGS beneficiaries.

Sunday 20 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 house itself will not be open). 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 wheelchair access. Home made teas and plant stall in walled garden, dogs allowed on lead except in walled garden.

Admission £5 children free. Donations to CHAS, Friends of Loch Lomond and SGS beneficiaries.

Sunday 27 May, 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. Beautiful all round views particularly over the Carse of Sirling and towards Ben ledi and Ben Lomond.

Home made teas, plant stall, part wheelchair access.

Admission £5.00, accompanied children free. Donations to Crossroads Caring Scotland (West Stirling Branch) and SGS beneficiaries.

Sunday 3 June 12:00-18:00.

The Japanese Garden at Cowden, Dollar, Clackmannanshire, FK14 7PJ

The entrance is from the Upper Hillfoot Road, approximately 1 kilometre west from the junction with the A91.
The Stirling to St. Andrews bus, No. 23, runs four times daily. Get off at the stop called "Cowden Farm Road End", at the east end of the Upper Hillfoot Road just before the Pools of Muckhart. From here there is a 1 kilometre walk, with no pavement, to the entrance.

The Japanese Garden at Cowden,creatd in 1908, is a remarkable early example of its type in Europe. Nestled beneath the Ochil Hills the five acre garden wraps around a large pond. Enjoy the meandering perimeter walk, taking in the changing scenes created by sculpted landforms, carefully placed stones, clipped shrubs and original stone lanterns. This historic garden is undergoing restoration so this is an opportunity to see the project in its early stages.

There is a large body of open water so children must be supervised at all times.

Refreshments, plant stale, childrens' activities, partial wheelchair access.

Admission £6.00 accompanied children free. Donation to Cowden Castle SCIO, St James the Great Scottish Episcopal Church, Dollar and SGS beneficiaries.

Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 June inclusive, 10:00-17:00 (except Monday 11 June, 12:00 to 17:00)

The Mill House, Kippen Road, 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 other artist's studios as well as the garden which provides a lot of inspiration. There may be other artists, country crafts and interesting activities on offer.

Homemade teas, partial wheelchair access.

Admission by donation. All proceeds to SGS beneficiaries.

Sunday 17 June, 13:30-17:30

Kippen Village Gardens, FK8 3DN..

Kippen is of the A811, gardens will be signed from the village. Maps and tickets will be available from all gardens. Only disabled parking at the gardens please.

Kippen ia a village with views. At least six gardens will be open with a variety of design and horticultural interest, ranging from the well established to the more recent.

Arnmoulin, Cauldhame, Kippen FK83JB.
At the top of the village with amazing views towards the Trossachs. A variety of interesting shrubs and perennials, vegetable garden and small orchard area.

Dun Eaglais, Station Brae, Kippen FK8 3DY.
The historic home of the artist D. Y. Cameron, built in stages between 1902 and 1924 and finished in the Scottish Renaissance and Arts and Crafts manner. It is thought that the terraced gardens were influenced by the landscape designer T. H. mawson. wondeful specimen trees, rhododendrons and perennials, full of twists and turns revealing more around every corner.

Farringford, Fore road, Kippen FK8 3DT.
This garden has yet more stunning views and good diabled access. Beautiful variety of planting includes a &qupt;dry" garden, anAcer gardenand a big collection of hostas.

Glentirran, Station Brae, Kippen FK8 3DY.
A sweeping driveway leads up to the house passing grass terraces surrounded by rhododendrons and perennial borders, mixed planting and climbers including wisteria. Wonderful views across the Carse of Stirling.

Woodstone House, Cauldhame, Kippen FK8 3JB.
Bounded to the south by the Old Kippen Vinery wall, this is a relatively new garden of about 1 acre, with some species trees (including a mulberry), shrubs, rockeries and vegetables. Wonderful views to the Trossachs.

Home made teas will be served in the Reading Room with Kippen Community Garden and the garden at Stonelea behind.

Admission £5, accompanied children free. Donations to Alzheimer Scotland, Start-Up Stirling and SGS beneficiaries.

Tuesday 19 June, 14:00-17:00.

Gean House, Tullibody Road, Alloa, FK10 2EL

Gean House is located on the Tullibody Road, Alloa.

Gean House is an early 20th century Arts and Crafts style mansion. On arrival, the sweeping driveway from the main road takes you through beautiful parkland lined with trees to the mansion set on top of the hill facing northeast. The gardens surrounding the house were originally 40 acres and included a Japanese garden in the woods. All that remains now are seven acres on the southern and eastern aspects of the house.

Admission £4.00, accompanied children free. Contributions to Scottish Autism and SGS charities.