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Geilston was developed as a designed landscape from the late 18th century, complementing the country house of a succession of families with trading, shipbuilding and military connections. Elizabeth Hendry, its last owner, was a talented amateur horticulturalist whose legacy is evident in the wide variety of planting in the garden.
Geilston is intimate and tranquil, with the secluded appeal of a private garden. The centrepiece of the 200-year old walled garden is a 100-foot Wellingtonia tree, which overlooks brilliant spring displays of azaleas and rhododendrons. In summer, the grand scale of the herbaceous border is truly impressive. The walled garden also contains a restored 40-foot Victorian glasshouse. The potting shed, set in the garden wall, has a secret window overlooking the Geilston Burn. Green doors
set into the garden wall lead into the woodland garden, complete with waterfall, bridges over the burn and mossy paths. In spring, the woods are carpeted with wood anemones and bluebells. Fiery autumn colours give the woodland a second season of glory.
The late-summer prairie border demonstrates how perennials can produce stunning colour. The large kitchen garden and apple orchard provide a wide range of fruit and vegetables, which are on sale to visitors in season.
Geilston has several quirky, unusual garden features: visitors can discover the Victorian marriage well, the kitchen garden dipping tank and the Fortnum and Mason cherub bird bath. For children, Geilston has several attractions: a “Hobbit hole” themed play area, garden games and soft tennis (in dry weather) and a summer floral mini-maze.
Telephone: 01389 849187
Email: email@example.com Opening times: 9.30am-5pm every day, April-October 31
Admission costs: NTS or NT member free; adult £7.50; concession £5.50; family (two adults and up to four children) £18.50; one-adult family ticket (one adult and up to four children) £12.50
Garden of the Week is in association with Discover Scottish Gardens. For more information, advice and day-out ideas, see discoverscottishgardens.org
Cabbage whites have left the battlefield, so you can remove the protective barriers that foil those pests