Posted by: christinelaennec | July 11, 2014

Greenbank Garden, Glasgow

A big thank-you to everyone who’s rejoiced with us over the Dafter’s recent improvement.  It was a pleasure to be able to bring you some good news on that front!  She has had a good week, working some shifts at the charity shop, and helping out with the neighbour’s children.  She also travelled into town with me on the train for the first time – she’d thought it would be underground the entire way, and was pleasantly pleased to be above ground and to discover her new neighbourhood from a different angle.

This post is about Greenbank Garden, which I visited here in Glasgow a few weeks ago.  There are quite a few photos but I’ll put whatever commentary I have in the captions.  I took the bus there on a Sunday afternoon, and although I hadn’t nearly reached the end of the bus line, I was amazed at how un-city-like my environs were!

The green fields of Clarkston, on the south side of Glasgow.  June 2014.

The green fields of Clarkston, on the south side of Glasgow. June 2014.  Greenbank Garden is about a 15-minute walk from the bus stop.

Local schools' wheelbarrow competition.  Greenbank Gardens, Glasgow.  June 2014.

Local schools’ wheelbarrow competition. Greenbank Garden, Glasgow. June 2014.

Gate leading into the garden rooms, Greenbank Garden, Glasgow.

Gate leading into the garden rooms, Greenbank Garden, Glasgow.

Going through the gate into the garden rooms, Greenbank Garden, Glasgow.

Going through the gate into the garden rooms, Greenbank Garden, Glasgow.

Looking back through the gate to Greenbank House.  Glasgow, June 2014.

Looking back through the gate to Greenbank House. Glasgow, June 2014.

Perennial border, Greenbank Garden, Glasgow.  June 2014.

Perennial border, Greenbank Garden, Glasgow. June 2014.

Greenbank Garden, Glasgow.  June 2014.

Greenbank Garden, Glasgow. June 2014.

Pretty birdhouse, Greenbank Garden, Glasgow.

Pretty birdhouse, Greenbank Garden, Glasgow.

Border, Greenbank Garden, Glasgow.  June 2014.

Border, Greenbank Garden, Glasgow. June 2014.

Poppy, Greenbank Garden, Glasgow.  June 2014.

Beautiful poppy, Greenbank Garden, Glasgow. June 2014.

Greenbank Garden, Glasgow.  June 2014.

Greenbank Garden, looking back towards the house from the end of the garden.  Glasgow, June 2014.

Good use of an old carpet in a very damp path.  Greenbank Garden, June 2014.

Good use of an old carpet in a very damp path. Greenbank Garden, June 2014.

Fountain, Greenbank Garden, Glasgow.

Fountain, Greenbank Garden, Glasgow.  It was nice to see some teenagers visiting the garden!

Swallows on the wing in the courtyard.  Greenbank House, Greenbank Gardens, Glasgow.

Swallows on the wing in the courtyard. Greenbank House, Greenbank Garden, Glasgow.  I took these photos while enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of cake from the cafe.

Swallows on the rafters near the courtyard, Greenbank House, Greenbank Garden, Glasgow.

Swallows on the rafters near the courtyard, Greenbank House, Greenbank Garden, Glasgow.

Another part of the gardens - open in the evening!  Enticing.  Greenbank Garden, Glasgow.  June 2014.

Another part of the gardens – open in the evening! Enticing. Greenbank Garden, Glasgow. June 2014.

Honeybees at work in a field across from Greenbank House.  Greenbank Garden, Glasgow.  June 2014.

Honeybees at work in a field across from Greenbank House. Greenbank Garden, Glasgow. June 2014.

After ten minutes' walk, I'm nearly back to the bus stop.  Clarkston, Glasgow.

After ten minutes’ walk, I’m nearly back to the bus stop. Clarkston, Glasgow.

View out across Glasgow - I'm not too sure what I'm looking at here, so if you have local knowledge, please tell us in a coment!

View out across Glasgow, looking towards the North-West.  I believe Loch Lomond is behind the long ridge of hills, and the city centre is around to the right, out of the frame.  You can see why Glasgow is called the “Dear Green Place”.

This garden reminded me not a little of Crathes Castle Gardens.  I liked how enticing the various garden rooms were.  For example, I could hear the tinkling noise of the fountain, could sometimes see the spout of water over the top of a hedge, and I spent a wee while searching for it.  So that when I finally took the right path and found it, I felt very pleased with myself!

Now that I know the way, I will have to go back and perhaps on a day when the house is also open.  I particularly enjoyed the bus trip – knitting at the front of the top deck of the double-decker bus, as you do!

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  1. It sounds like you had a nice day. Strangely, although I love gardening, I’ve only been to Greenbank once and that was last year! Hubby and I had a lovely visit too and my favourite was the perennial borders. Your photos are lovely and I admire your determination to see the city, I’m not sure I could cope with such a long bus trip, knitting or not lol. x

  2. Your ability to seek out and explore such places amazes me! Maybe its your pioneer spirit?! :)

  3. What a fabulous discovery! I don’t know Glasgow at all but through your blogs it’s fast becoming a place I really must visit soon:) I’m sure that in the short time you’ve been there you have visited more places than some who have lived there all their lives. As Roobeedoo says you have a real pioneering spirit!

  4. Just catching up, Christine. Great news about the dafter. So pleased for you all, on that front. And what a treat Greenbank is! Thank you for sharing your visit.

  5. I love the idea of a wheelbarrow competition. What fun!

  6. What a beautiful botanical garden, Christine. It is amazing how rustic some spaces within a city can be, isn’t it? I always love to find such spaces – usually hidden and not too populated. Little gems. xo

  7. Beautiful, a truly enchanting post. The wheelbarrow competition made me smile. I am thrilled the Dafter continues to do well.

  8. We’ve visited a town in Brittany that has a Place Laënnec, so named in honour of the inventor of the stethoscope. You probably know about this already!!

    • (Sorry I somehow posted the general comment here to begin with!) I hope you’re enjoying beautiful Britanny. Yes, where would we all be without cher René’s invention?!

  9. Thank you everyone! As Stacy says, this is a wee gem. As for pioneering spirit, I think the true pioneers would have loved a trip on a bus to a pretty garden and a cup of tea. But yes, I do like a little adventure.

  10. A beautiful garden and I really enjoyed coming along with you! Everything is so green and lush. The poppies are so vibrant and I love the different garden ‘rooms’. A lovely place to spend the afternoon. xo Karen

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Karen. Yes, the different rooms are quite enchanting!

  11. Oh what a beautiful place! I would love to tour a garden like that this summer. Can’t believe it is almost a year since we travelled to Scotland. Of course I miss it with a pang in my heart. But I am thankful for the life we have here.

    • Heather, we were remembering your visit today. It’s amazing to think it was nearly a year ago now. You can come back in your imagination, and as you say, there’s so much to enjoy in your own life. But I do hope it won’t be too very long before you return – and maybe you can go to Greenbank Garden in real life.


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