Greenbank Garden

 Alice in Wonderland with the Mad Hatter



Earlier today my wife and myself undertook a short trip to the heritage site of Greenbank House near Glasgow, Scotland. Key object was to view the daffodils and other Spring flowers for which the garden is famous. 

Easter Egg Hunt 

Our visit coincided with a well organised egg hunt for children seemingly themed on Alice in Wonderland.

As the images below illustrate, we had a successful visit although we may have to return next week to capture the daffodils in their glory.

Colourful flower display

 Key to the door, a rusty one at that.

Pond with sculpture

Once upon a time!


A varied collection of trees

More daffoldils

An interesting blue background display

Queen of Hearts

Weeping tree, possibly a willow

Colourful tree blossom

Treasure hunt backcloth

Flamingo Display (They play croquet in the story.)

New seed pods

Woodland grove with daffoldils

Background information on Greenbank House


Greenbank House is now owned by Scotland's National Trust but has origins as the mansion of an 18th century tobacco merchant whose wealth was created by importing American grown tobacco prior to that country declaring independence. There was nothing unusual in tobacco dealing in the early 18th century as the business created huge wealth for many local businessmen and 'kick-started' Glasgow's development as a commercial centre.

However, the tobacco business was dependent on slavery which,through today's eyes, is viewed with opprobium. In fact, many of Britain's palaces and grand houses were ultimately financed by slavery, mainly in the West Indies.  

More information for the visitor.

The publication, Visitors’ Guide to Scotland includes sections on Scotland’s gardens. This book is heavily illustrated and contains a wealth of information on Scotland and it’s history. The ISBN is 978-1-9161332-0-4. Also available via Kindle.


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