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7 Aug 2019

Geilston Garden summer and autumn highlights

Geilston House
Discover the many highlights of the gorgeous Geilston Garden this summer and autumn.


Punches of colour, tasty vegetables and a succession of seasonal plants make Geilston a classic garden with a vibrant feel. The garden is typical of the small country estates on the banks of the River Clyde, and has offered a tranquil haven for over 200 years.

Visit Geilston between August and October to discover these many highlights for yourself – there's something for everyone!

Kitchen Garden highlights

Flowers and hedges alongside a path in Geilston's kitchen garden
  • The mini annual flower maze is looking wonderful and is covered in cloud of butterflies and bees.
  • The Kitchen Garden has an amazing abundance of fruits, herbs and vegetables, with a selection picked daily all for sale at Geilston.
  • The Kitchen Garden cut flower borders are dazzling with a fabulous range of dahlias, sunflowers, heleniums and sweet peas.
  • The apples in the orchard are ripening fast for harvest in September/October, ready for Geilston’s Apple Day event on 5 October.

Walled Garden highlights

Colourful flowers and the glasshouse inside Geilston's walled garden
  • The herbaceous border is in full bloom just now with phlox, astilbes, hemerocallis, salvias and sanguisorba. This will be followed by later flowering perennials such as anemones, asters and helianthus.
  • Hydrangeas and eucryphias are shrubs that’ll be in full bloom over the coming weeks.
  • The glasshouse is full of colour with pelargoniums, salvias, coleus and fuchsias. Tomatoes, cucumbers, basil and figs are also enjoying the sheltered conditions.

Woodland Garden highlights

The Geilston burn that runs through the woodland garden
  • The Geilston burn attracts an array of wildlife and is a great place to observe birds and insects and fish.
  • The tree canopy provides instant relief on hot summer days.
  • The hydrangea glade now in flower surrounding the gazebo is a lovely spot to sit and relax.

Free children’s activities

The Hobbit Hole log play area at Geilston
  • Various garden trails from hunt the bugs, spot the vegetables and a garden quiz (sheets available at reception).
  • The mini flowering maze for toddlers to have fun exploring.
  • The Hobbit Hole log structure to explore, and magnifying posts.
  • Soft ball tennis on the old tennis court.
  • Games in the Walled Garden include dominoes, quoits, soft building bricks and connect 4.
Julia Gurney painting

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