Geilston Garden/ National Trust/ Argyll and Bute

Geilston Garden

Last Saturday we had to go to an old friend’s memorial service in Dumbarton. It’s a two hour drive from where we live now so after the service we decided to make the most of being over in my beloved west of Scotland and go to take a look at nearby Geilston Garden which is near Cardross, Argyll and Bute. It’s one of those places that we never got around to visiting in all the years that we lived nearby. It’s owned by The National Trust, but it’s just the gardens they own, there’s no house to go around. Despite the fact that it was October there’s still a decent amount of colour around as you can see.

Geilston Garden
That large leaf in the photo above is a Rodgersia I’m sure, I just planted one in my own garden a few weeks ago and I hope it’s a smaller version of that one.

Geilston Garden

I took the photo below of what is a mystery shrub to me, meaning to try to identify it using my RHS plant book. I haven’t got around to doing that yet though. It’s a very nice plant anyway and I’d like to track one down.

Geilston Garden

I love the shape of the conifer below, I have no idea exactly what this tree is though. I loved Geilston and my only gripe is that I couldn’t find many plant labels there, I like to note names down if I don’t know what they are.

Geilston Garden

There are a fair number of Acers at Geilston, mind you I think that you can never have too many of them. The colours are always gorgeous although best in the autumn of course, but they even look great in the winter when it’s their naked shapes which are beautiful.

Geilston Garden

If you happen to be in the neighbourhood of Dumbarton/Cardross/Helensburgh you should definitely make time to visit Geilston Garden. The chap at the entrance was very friendly and there were freshly picked vegetables and flowers for sale which were very tasty.

You can see lots more images of Geilston Garden at various different times of the year here.

8 thoughts on “Geilston Garden/ National Trust/ Argyll and Bute

  1. I wonder if the large-leafed plant is a Gunnera?
    The attractive conifer tree may be a Wellingtonia, and I wonder if the shrub with all the berries is some kind of Barberry?
    It looks like a very pretty autumn garden and it’s nice that you were able to see it despite your solemn reason for being in the area.

    • Valerie,
      It could well be a Gunnera although the ones I’ve seen at Edinburgh Botanics are much bigger, towering above me. The mystery bush definitely isn’t a Berberis, not like one I’ve ever grown anyway and it had no thorns. I think I’ll go back in the summer and see how it looks then as I can’t see anything like it anywhere. I can ask someone if there are gardeners around then. I think you’re probably right about it being a Wellingtonia, I thought it might be, I’ve seen one at a nearby mansion house in Fife.

    • Joan,
      I thought they looked like Verbena – couldn’t remember the bonariensis, although these ones are much taller than the one I have in the garden, I hope it bulks up as there was just one flower plume this year.

    • Kim,
      Thanks for taking time to comment. I’m not sure about that bear berry unless there is a purple berried version as the photos I looked at seemed to be definitely red berried. Wellingtonia is the name which was given to giant redwoods when they were introduced to the UK, in memory of the Duke of Wellington who had just died.

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