Stroll though the 10 acres of gardens with spectacular views across the Firth of Clyde, pausing to appreciate the special plants and Finlaystone’s renowned beauty. Don’t miss the ‘Smelly” garden, the intricate Celtic paving or the 70 metre serpentine herbaceous border. Enjoy the sweeping lawns and sculptured hedges, seek out ‘Slave’s Paradise’, discover the Knott & bog gardens before relaxing at the Tea Room in the walled garden. Visitors may also picnic on the lawns and enjoy the quieter side of the estate.
The year starts with carpets of Snowdrops in the woodlands, followed by dazzling displays of Daffodils which lead into Bluebells and early summer displays of Rhododendrons & Azaleas set against a backdrop of clipped Box and Yew hedges.
Voluptuous displays of Peonies, dramatic avenues of Cornus Kousa Chinensis and Cercidiphyllum Pendulum are just a few treasures to be seen in the walled garden which also features a vegetable garden with soft fruit and espalier trees.
Many unusual trees and shrubs prolong interest throughout the summer, including Eucryphias, Embothrium and Hydrangeas.
Astilbes, Hostas and Oriental Poppies are used to great effect in more formal beds, while the very large herbaceous border continues to provide colour through to autumn. Plants grown on the estate are available for sale throughout the year.
The main garden design was laid out in 1900 but many changes have taken place since then. Today the gardens are maintained by just one full time gardener supported with additional help from the family and dedicated volunteers. Group tours can be arranged by appointment.