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|Glendoick was included in the Independent on Sunday's exclusive survey of Europe's Top 50 Gardens, and boasts a unique collection of plants collected by three generations of Coxes from their plant-hunting expeditions in China and the Himalaya. You can see one of the finest collections of rhododendrons and azaleas, primula, meconopsis, kalmia and sorbus in our woodland garden, peat garden and nursery. Many of the Rhododendron and azalea species and hybrids have been introduced from the wild or bred by the Cox family and the gardens boast a huge range of plants from as far afield as Chile, Tasmania and Tibet. Three New waterfall viewing platforms have been built in the woodland gardens. You can also take a glimpse into the fascinating world of hybridising in the walled garden where you'll find new as yet unnamed hybrids from the Glendoick breeding programme trial beds.
Peter and Kenneth Cox have written numerous books on rhododendrons and gardens. Kenneth Cox's book Scotland for Gardeners describes 500 of Scotland's finest gardens.
Garden Opening Times 2013
Monday - Friday 10 - 4pm, Saturdays & Sundays 2pm - 5pm
Visiting at other times by appointment: e mail email@example.com or phone the nursery 01738 860205.
The Garden Centre and its beautiful display garden are open 7 days a week, all year round. Most visitors spend 1-1.5 hours in the garden with additional time at the garden centre, restaurant and food hall.
Prices & Tickets
Entrance £4 per person. School age children go free. No dogs allowed. For all group bookings, please contact Jane Cox by post at Glendoick House, Perth PH2 7NS or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . Groups should pay by single cheque made out to Glendoick Gardens Ltd. Any restaurant bill needs to be paid for separately. We can offer guided tours for keen gardening groups only.
Enjoy a delicious meal or snack at our award-winning cafe situated in the Garden Centre. Groups should pre-book with Jane Cox when you book your garden visit (see above).
Directions & Parking
Glendoick is situated 1 mile east of Glencarse on the A90 Perth-Dundee road; take the Glendoick flyover, clearly signposted. Tickets must be purchased from the Garden Centre before you drive up to the gardens, which are ½ mile up the drive behind the Garden Centre. Parking at the gardens is free with limited parking for coaches.
A 32-page full colour guide by Kenneth Cox on the history of Glendoick, the Cox family, the story of the gardens and nursery, plant-hunting over 3 generations, hybridising, a map & guide to the gardens and their collections, with fine photographs: £2.95
The woodland garden is not easily accessible to wheelchairs but some of the gardens by the house are. Disabled toilets at the Garden Centre only.
Glendoick Garden Centre Plants for Sale/Retail Facilities
As one of the finest garden centres in Scotland, you can buy plants from us all year round, 7 days a week. We also run a mail order nursery growing mainly bare-rooted plants sales to UK, Europe and Japan. Our full colour 70-page catalogue costs £2. You can order plants at any time of year for delivery from October to April 1st.
Garden Opening Times 2013
1 April-31st May Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturdays & Sundays 2pm - 5pm
At other times by appointment by e mail email@example.com or phone to the nursery. (see contact details for numbers and addresses).
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Gardens Prices & Tickets
Entrance 2013 £4 per person, (children-school age- free). No dogs allowed, please. Tickets must be purchased from the Garden Centre before you drive up to the garden.
For Group bookings e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Parking facilities: The gardens are about ½ mile from Glendoick Garden Centre. Parking at gardens is free. There is limited parking for coaches at the entrance to the garden so please let us know if you are coming by coach.
Disabled Facilities: The Woodland Garden is not easily accessible to wheelchairs but some of the gardens by Glendoick house are accessible. Disabled toilets at the garden centre only.
|A Guidebook to Glendoick is available, price £2.95
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MAP OF THE GARDENS
1. Larches. This area contains a fine collection of species and hybrid rhododendrons. A group of the original introduction of R. pachysanthum are the parents of thousands of plants which have been sent all over the world. Dont miss the new viewpoint of the lower waterfall which rushes through the wall.
2. East Burn. Two trees of merit in this area are Tetradium daniellii (Euodia hupehensis) the largest specimen in cultivation, with a giant elephant’s foot-like trunk, and Juniperus recurva var. coxii the weeping tree named after the garden’s founder, Euan Cox.
3. Ruined Mill. Tender plants are grown in and around the mill including the recently introduced R. dendrocharis.
On a small island above the mill are some R. sinogrande, which can produce leaves up to 1m in length. Below the mill are extensive plantings of Meconopsis and Trillium. A new viewpoint gives views of the mill, the mill waterfall and over the burnside plantings at the top of the garden.
4. Westburn Over on the far side of the burn are some other significant Cox plants such as Berberis coxii and several collections by Peter Cox from the SBEC expedition in 1981, the first major collecting trip to China after the Communist takeover. (R. dichroanthum, R. haematodes and R. taliense). Another waterfall viewpoint looks down on the middle waterfall.
5. Far End. This is a collection of old and new hybrid rhododendrons many of which are new Glendoick hybrids currently being propagated for sale for the first time. Look out for ‘Glendoick Mystique’ and ‘Loch Leven’. On the south side of the road, the EHM Cox Arboretum contains a fine collection of Sorbus and other trees.
6. Walled Garden. Inside the walled garden are greenhouses and tunnels where our young plants are grown for their first year. Lined out in the upper part of the garden are test beds of new hybrids. Only the very best are selected for further evaluation: over 95% will be destroyed. Selected plants are labelled with wooden canes. It takes at least 10 years before anything is named. Herbaceous borders planted by Patricia Cox provide mid and late summer colour.
7. Gardens by the House. Dwarf Rhododendrons. This area contains one of the world’s most complete collections of dwarf and alpine rhododendrons interplanted with perennials and bulbous plants. Many of the national collection of Glendoick ‘bird’ and mammal hybrids are here.
8. Evergreen azalea border. These mixed borders feature the Mammals Series of evergreen azaleas bred at Glendoick: ‘Panda’, ‘Squirrel’, ‘Wombat’ and many others. There is also a collection of Kalmia latifolia cultivars which flower in June-July.
9. Reservoir Beds These beds contain Rhododendron hybrids dating back to the 1850s, combined with some of the most recently named and one or two which are still being tested. They provide spectacular colour in May and June.
10. Deciduous azaleas. Both species and hybrid azaleas (Exbury, Mollis etc) provide an extravagant late spring display from May-July. Many of the paler varieties are sweetly scented.
Glendoick is on the east coast of Scotland, a few miles from the Tay estuary. The coldest winters recorded have reached –18C but this happens only a few times a century. A cold winter is usually more like –12C. Summers have few summer days over 27C. Rainfall is 600-760mm annually. Our greatest problem is late spring frosts after periods of mild weather: flowers and growth are often frosted and bark-split can result.