The Hidden Gardens has been designed to reflect the legacy of this historic site as well as the ever-changing character and needs of the local area. The north to south borders echo the layout of the site when it was a tree nursery in the 1800s, whilst the retained tramlines and the chimney reflect its industrial past. A number of artworks are integrated into the overall design, for example the Xylotheque, a library of wooden books detailing native Scottish trees. The Hidden Gardens is an independent charity offering learning and social activities and opportunities for the whole community to participate in its development. It is a calm, green space where you can relax away from the busy city streets: take a walk around the formal lawn; brush past the aromatic herb border; admire the white wall border with its herbaceous plantings and espalier fruit trees; stroll through the wildlife area; connect with nature in the woodland glade; and enjoy the naturalistic planting of the grassy meadow.
Free street parking on Albert Drive is available if coming by car. The Hidden Gardens are very accessible by public transport; the 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 38, 57 and 59 buses take you within walking distance; enter either through Tramway or from Pollokshaws Road. Trains to Pollokshields East station are every 15 minutes from Glasgow Central Station. At the top of the stairs at Pollokshields East station turn right and enter the Hidden Gardens through Tramway.
Includes a guided tour led by our knowledgeable Head Gardener, and demonstrations focusing on the challenges of gardening in a changing climate. Tours hourly, beginning at 1pm. Please feel free to bring along a picnic and allow time to visit our plant sale kiosk.