If you had driven past the entrance to Geilston Garden on Saturday the 5th of October you would have been surprised to see cars parked all the way down the driveway to the main road. The Friends of Geilston (FoG) Apple Day was in full swing, attracting visitors from the local area and as far afield as Glasgow. Many were first time visitors with families who found plenty to keep them busy. The William Tell Dell, Knock the Can and Geilston Treasure Trail with Lucky Dip proved popular with the children as did the apple press. Adults tested their baking skills in the “Show us Your Bakes” competition which was judged by Margaret Dick an experienced WRVS judge. All baking was apple themed and the winners were;
pastry section – Lindsey Stanley – 1st, Morven Hinson 2nd.
cake section – Christine Orr – 1st, Jackie Evans – 2nd.
The apple quiz tested knowledge about the different varieties of apple and those who were successful were deemed “Apple Experts.” Winners of the Geilston Calendar Competition gathered to receive their prizes which were presented by Kathryn Polley a professional photographer who had judged the competition.
Showing what potential there is for a tea room at Geilston, the bungalow section of the house was opened serving soup and bread provided by the Gingerbread Man and tea, coffee and tray bakes supplied by the FoG. Allison Hillis FoG chair said “ The day has been a great success thanks to the committee’s careful planning. Over 500 people attended and several people took out annual membership for the NTS and FoG. The guides came to help, designing the children’s trail and helping in the tea room which would have delighted Miss Hendry who was a great supporter of the Guiding Movement. FoG members and NTS staff and volunteers worked together to ensure everyone enjoyed themselves and I would like to thank them for their hard work and also the wider community who gave so generously.
Special thanks to; The Gingerbread Man, The Toy Shop, Ardardan, Linda Macdonald Jewellery, Lomond Soaps, Cardross Tennis Club, The Paint Shed, Scandinavian Shop, Cardross Pharmacy, The Deli in the Square, Hotter Shoes, Coop Stores