Posted by: christinelaennec | October 13, 2015

Tollcross Rose Garden in Glasgow

Thank you to everyone for your encouraging and sympathetic comments on my last post.  I’m pleased to tell you that I have been able to get more rest and am feeling less exhausted.  Hooray for the October holidays – both the Dafter and I were much in need of a week off school.  Yesterday Michael (who has no such holidays) looked after the Dafter and gave me a whole day off – and the weather was spectactular!  I went to see the International Rose Garden at Tollcross Park on the East side of Glasgow.  Growing up in Portland, Oregon, I used to love going to the International Rose Gardens there – and I even took part in the Rose Festival Parade one year in high school!  So I was interested to see what Glasgow’s rose gardens were like, and I was not disappointed.

Firstly, the main part of the rose beds are laid out in the form of a rose!  As you can see on the map:

Map of Tollcross Park, showing the rose-shaped rose gardens.

Map of Tollcross Park, showing the rose-shaped rose gardens.

The weather was beautiful – sunny and warm.

Section of garden with climbing roses on obelisks.

Section of garden with climbing roses on obelisks.

Mid-October is clearly not the optimum time to see roses, but we’ve had such a fantastic Indian Summer after our dark and dreich June and July, that the flowers have all been blossoming while they have the chance:

Climbing roses, Tollcross Park, 12 October 2015.

Climbing roses, Tollcross Park, 12 October 2015.

The Winter Gardens are currently being refurbished, so I shall have to come back when they are open again:

Winter gardens, being worked on.

Winter Gardens, being worked on.

I was not the only visitor to the roses:

A red admiral butterfly enjoying the day.

A Red Admiral butterfly enjoying the day.

I would have had to climb up a tree to get a really good view of the rose-shaped section of the garden, but you get an idea from the top of the hill:

Standing near the top of the rose-shaped rose gardens, looking down at Tollcross Road bordering the southern edge of the park.

Standing near the top of the rose-shaped rose gardens, looking down at Tollcross Road bordering the southern edge of the park.

There is an impressive “Mansion House” at the top of the garden, which forms a pretty backdrop:

Looking up towards the Mansion House, across the rose-shaped rose garden.

Looking up towards the Mansion House, across the rose-shaped rose garden.

Still lots of roses in bloom:

Roses...

Roses…

I particularly enjoyed that each bed had a map, with the names of every variety.

A red rose, I believe the variety is "Coronation Street".

A red rose, I believe the variety is “Coronation Street”.

And I wonder if my American readers (or Scottish, for that matter) will be as surprised and amused as I was to see that Tollcross Park is the…

Who woulda thunk it?

Who woulda thunk it?

I read my book and ate my lunch, and felt so very happy and relaxed.

And then!  I met a friend here:

The "Room De Luxe" in the Willow Tea Rooms, Sauchiehall Street.

The “Room De Luxe” in the Willow Tea Rooms, Sauchiehall Street.

The funny thing is, my friend is born and bred in Glasgow but had never been to the Willow Tea Rooms.

Room De Luxe, side wall.

Room De Luxe, side wall.

So it was a lovely day out!  I am looking forwards to going back to the rose gardens next summertime, but it would be hard to top the pleasure they gave me on my visit there yesterday.

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Responses

  1. Wonderful post Christine 🙂

  2. Lovely! It is still warm in the Portland area, too…although my roses aren’t still blooming, but my Sun Gold cherry tomatoes are. We got a little rain this past weekend and I posted a photo of Mt. Hood with a little more snow on it. While I’m sorry Michael did not have a school break, I’m glad that you and Dafter did and that you feel more rested 🙂 xx

  3. I am thrilled to hear that you are feeling more rested and managed a day out. A beautiful garden, certainly a garden to be visited again to see it in its full glory. Take care.

  4. I’m with you….I never would have expected to see anything “baseball” in Scotland.

  5. What a lovely day – I’m glad that you had the energy to make the most of your day off. A change is as good as a rest, as they say. I found this fascinating as I grew up not too far from Glasgow, but have never heard of the Tollcross Rose Garden. So, thank you for enlightening me! I think I should pay it a visit sometime to see which roses grow well in rainy Scotland.

    It’s years since I visited the Willow Tea Rooms, so it was a pleasure to see a peek of them, too. Although I have to confess, my first impression of your photo was that your friend is a CRM-designed, red-eyed, rather scary robot! 😀

  6. I love the way some roses defy the onset of winter. There are still a few to be seen in various gardens hereabouts. But a rose garden with rose-shaped borders, I very much like the idea of.

  7. You have shared with us another lovely place. Sorry that I didn’t comment on your last post. I’m so happy to hear you got a little rest and break from your routine. It’s still very warm here in southern California. I long for rain. Take care and give my best to your dear Dafter. Oh, and Lilly sends her meows to little Tilly 🙂

  8. I’m glad that you were able to enjoy an Indian Summer and are feeling better. Thank you for sharing the Rose Garden and the Willow Tea Rooms which I hope one day to visit, would be so nice. Well wishes to Dafter.
    Christy

  9. How wonderful, what a splendid place. I would imagine that on a warm summer’s day the scents would be delightful. I’ve noticed quite a lot of roses out just now, and I suppose it must be with the fine weather we’ve been having. I’m curious to know what you had in the Willow Tearooms…

  10. Thank you for the beautiful pics and I am so glad that you are feeling much more rested…… and, yes, tell us what you had at the Willow Tearooms☺️!

  11. Heureuse de savoir que vous allez mieux et que vous ayez pu bénéficier d’uNe belle et paisible journée ! Ce jardin est magnifique en effet et l’idée des massifs en forme de rose est bien charmante !

  12. Wow, what a wonderful place!! I’ve never been. Must put it on the list for “some day”! I can only imagine it at the height of the rose season.

  13. Thank you all very much. I will definitely have to go back to the rose gardens in July! Lorna, I had a mini carrot cake, with a wee icing carrot on top. Not very Scottish!


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