Friends of Geilston

We are delighted that you have 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.

The results of the 2020 Photo Competition are in! Here are the photos.

Geilston Garden reopened

The garden reopened to the public on Monday 6th July as part of the phased reopening of National Trust for Scotland gardens.

The regular opening times are Thursday to Monday weekly, 10am – 5pm. Last entry is 4pm.

The garden is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

The admission hut is staffed, so if you are an NTS member do not forget to bring your membership card. Normal entry charges apply for non-members but payments are currently by card only.

There are a few changes to expect when you visit, in keeping with government guidelines. These are outlined below.

  • A new card payment machine is up and running, so visitors will be asked to pay via contactless only as a public health measure and to safeguard the staff.
  • You may see the team wearing PPE, including face masks. We understand that this will be very different from your last visit to the garden, but we are assured that staff have been practicing smiling with their their eyes!
  • You will find a new hand sanitising station behind the admissions desk, please feel free to use this whenever you like during your visit!
  • We would be appreciate if everyone could observe physical distancing measures and the government 2 metres guidance during your visit. We want everyone to feel comfortable and to be able to enjoy our beautiful garden! 
  • At the moment, no tea and coffee will be available and there will be no produce for sale. However, toilet facilities are available.
  • When entering the car park there will be some controls in place to adhere to physical distancing. We ask for your patience while staff work to ensure all of our visitors can enter our garden safely. 
  • The car park limit is 50 cars so once the car park is full, there will be a one in and one out system in place. The main gate will be staffed as required in order to manage this.

We are fortunate to have such lovely gardens on our doorstep and absence will have made us even more appreciative of the work that Alison and the gardening team have done to keep it in shape during these challenging times. Enjoy your visit and thank you for continuing to support the Friends of Geilston.

Geilston Garden is situated in the village of Cardross, just four miles from Helensburgh. For more information about other attractions and things to do in Helensburgh go to:

Destination Helensburgh

All planned 2020 events have been cancelled or postponed until further notice, apart from the 2021 Calendar Photo Competition. We will be pleased to receive entries for this. See Events 2020 for further details.

We continue to keep in touch with the NTS and have offered our support during these testing times.

Alison’s May pictures

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.

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).

Public Petition

The FoG group continues to be in discussions with the National Trust for Scotland to safeguard the long term future of the garden. As part of our campaign to highlight the value of smaller gardens like Geilston for tourism in Scotland, we lodged a public petition with the Scottish Parliament which was discussed by the Petitions Committee initially in June 2019 and again in December. Whilst the petition is now closed, the issues it raised have been passed on the the Parliament’s Tourism and Culture Committee.

FOG wish to thank our local MSPs, Jackie Baillie and Maurice Corry for their continued interest and support for our campaign and their representation in the Parliament.

Here’s the link to the petition webpage:

AGM 2020

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

Photographic Competition 2020 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