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Scottish Garden of the Season – Glendoick

March 31st 2017


Glendoick is Scotland’s perfect Spring Day out.

The 10 acres of Glendoick’s gardens are open from April 1st till the end of May.

Glendoick was included in the Independent on Sunday‘s survey of Europe’s Top 50 Gardens,

The woodland garden with 3 waterfalls contains 100s of rhododendrons, Meconopsis, primulas and many other plants, many of which were collected by 3 generations of Coxes on their plant hunting expeditions.

The gardens next to the stunning Georgian house contain one of the world’s most important collection of dwarf rhododendrons including the ‘bird’ hybrids bred at Glendoick which flower in April and early May. These are best sellers all over the world where rhododendrons are grown. Some of the most famous include the yellow ‘Curlew’ and the white ‘Ptarmigan’. There are 30 in all and you’ll always find a selection available at the garden centre.

Towards the end of May, evergreen or Japanese azaleas come into flower. The collection includes the mammals series bred at Glendoick specially for Scottish growing conditions. Varieties include ‘Panda’ (white), Squirrel (red) and Wombat (pink).

The latest new hybrids include ‘Glendoick Staburst’ with star-like narrow pale purple pink flowers, very unusual.

The Rhododendron Hybrid Garden below the woodland garden reaches a peak in May with over 100 bright coloured varieties.

Garden Entry £5 per person, buy tickets at Glendoick Garden centre and then drive up. Open every day in April and May 10am to 4pm.

School age children Free

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Glendoick History

Glendoick is One of Scotland’s best known horticultural destinations, Glendoick Gardens was founded in 1953 by Peter & Euan Cox. Glendoick is now run by 3rd Generation Kenneth Cox and Jane Cox.

Glendoick is world famous for Rhododendrons & Azaleas.  Owners Peter & Kenneth Cox have written 20 books on rhododendrons, plant hunting & Scottish gardening, raised over 50 new hybrid rhododendrons & azaleas and introduced many species from their plant hunting expeditions. These began  in 1919 when Euan Cox went to Burma with Reginald Farrer. Kenneth Cox has also written 3 best-selling gardening books for Scotland. Garden Plants for Scotland, Fruit and Vegetables for Scotland and Scotland for Gardeners.

Glendoick Garden Centre

Glendoick Garden Centre is Scotland’s centre for gardening and plant expertise with carefully chosen plants by Kenneth Cox and of course they have a huge selection of Glendoick specialities grown in our nurseries. As well as great plants you’ll find an amazing range of pots, furniture, gifts, clothing, food and their award winning café.

Garden Centre, Café & Foodhall Open 7 days, 9am- 5.30pm.

Glendoick Awards

  • UK Garden Centre of the Year 2009, 2013
  • Best UK Garden Centre Cafe 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013
  • UK Garden Centre Sales Team of the Year 2016
  • GCA Best Garden Centre Gift Shop in Scotland 2015, 2016
  • GCA Best Garden Centre Cafe in Scotland 2016