Friends of Geilston

We’re delighted you’ve found us and hope you enjoy reading about Geilston Garden, Cardross, Argyll & Bute.  More importantly, we hope you can support the group as we ensure the heritage and legacy left by Miss Elizabeth Hendry in bequeathing Geilston House and Gardens to the public is upheld and retained for generations to come. See The Geilston Story.

Geilston Garden is temporarily closed due to the Covid – 19 restrictions.

Volunteering in the garden has stopped for the safety of the staff and volunteers. The gardeners will be working extra hard to maintain the garden as best they can under the present circumstances. I’m sure that you will join me in thanking them for their continued hard work and would reassure them that it will be “all hands on deck” as soon as this is over.
All planned 2020 events have also been postponed until further notice.
We continue to keep in touch with the NTS and have offered our support during these testing times.

If you are missing your visits to the garden please follow this link to see a virtual tour of the garden. Video by Stuart Hannah. Or, Daffodils, April 2020 below by Annabel Trust

Become a friend

To read more about the recent work of the group and events visit our News Pages.
Does Geilston Gardens hold any special memories for you?  We’d love to hear what you think about the garden, to get in touch you can use our Contact Us form or email direct

Nearly 100 people attended the 2020 AGM of Friends of Geilston. Read Chris Moore’s report (pdf).


The FoG group continues to be in discussions with the National Trust for Scotland.   We have managed to lodge a petition with the Scottish Parliament. We are urging them to meet with the NTS to discuss the future of Geilston Gardens along with their other properties under threat of closure.  The petition is now closed but you can find out more about it at the link below.

The petition was discussed at a meeting of the PUBLIC PETITIONS COMMITTEE on Thursday June 20th 2019. You can see their discussions here. The discussion pertaining to Geilston begins at about nine and a half minutes in. There has been press response. Here’s The National, and The Times, and here’s The Daily Mail.

Here’s the link to the petition webpage:

During the AGM a donation of £1,000 was presented to head gardener Alison Farrell by FoG treasurer John Hanks.

Apple Day 2019: More…

Photographic Competition The winners!

No Rain No Flowers Kirsty Wilson 1st place; Lamp to my feet, Light to my path Lorna Brown 2nd place; Zero Air Miles and Delicious Caitlain Hegney 3rd place; House leek Scott Gillespie; Autumn colour Geilston Burn Gordon Hendry; Bluebells Ashley Rogers; Border Denis Hendry ; Fifty Shades of spring Caroline Morgan; Geilston in Bloom Jacqueline Evans; Geilston in May Peter McGourlay; Runner beans at Geilston Veronica Wilson; Spring Stroll Fiona Macdonald; Wild flower breeze Tom Manley.

The photos