Refurbishment of the glasshouses and gardens in Pittencrieff Park was completed in 2016.
Laid out, colourfully in front of the glasshouses is a formal garden. In days gone by this area was used by Pittencrieff House as a kitchen garden and orchard.
Now developed round the Laird’s Walk with its own breath-taking vistas of the Abbey and Palace ruins, the garden is a kaleidoscope of colour throughout the spring and summer. It is a peaceful, relaxing setting in which to idle away the afternoon in the warmth of the summer sun!
In 1904, the well-known urban planner Sir Patrick Geddes had envisaged that part of the Laird’s Garden would become a Kitchen Garden.
As part of the Heritage Lottery Funded project, this new Kitchen Garden was created with raised beds which are designed to enable easy access for all ages and abilities. It contains a wide variety of edible herbs, flowers and other plants which have medicinal, culinary or other health giving properties.
Rock & Japanese Gardens
The Rock Garden was originally planted in the 1900’s and then again in the 1950’s. It contains some interesting trees and shrubs such as Metasequoias, Embothrium, Cryptomerias (Japanese Red Cedar) and Eucryphia.
Within the Japanese Garden, the rustic oriental style summerhouse with octagonal plan and open sides was constructed in 1906. It was built as a landscape feature of the park.
The summerhouse is located in the designed landscape which includes cliffs, rustic steps and paths, planned viewpoints, seats and a bridge.
Recognising that the gardens had become very overgrown, it was decided that, during the Heritage Lottery Funded project, they should be returned to a condition closely resembling the original layouts and planting designs.
Glasshouse & Glassroom
Refurbishment works were carried out and funded as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded project. We replaced flooring, updated the heating and ventilation system, installed lighting and created a learning space within the Glass House. Click here for more information on the park’s Heritage Lottery Funded restoration.
Completing the formal gardens is the 200ft glasshouse conservatory. Built in 1973 on the site of the old conservatories the present structure is divided into three sections. The main area with its wooden bridge over the running stream and its regal display of flowers creates an exotic plant world for visitors. Distributed throughout the three areas, visitors can see plants from many countries on show. Remember to look out for the fossilised trees too!
The Glasshouses are open throughout the year to park visitors and hold a variety of exotic and tropical plants. There is also an indoor pond and seating area where you can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
The “Gardens and Glasshouse” leaflet gives more detail about the plants found throughout these areas of the park. It is available in the Cafe, Pittencrieff House Museum and the Glasshouse or to download at the bottom of this page.
Staff can be seen working in the glasshouses and gardens. If you have any questions about any of the plants found within the glasshouses or gardens they would be happy to help answer them!
Green Garden & Glasshouses
Throughout the park we are committed to developing and improving our sustainable practices. We are already:
- Harvesting rainwater to use in the Glasshouses and Glassroom
- Composting green waste
- Trialling the use of peat free compost
- using a more energy efficient heating system for the Glasshouses
- mulching and chipping waste wood that can’t be used in any other way
- reusing materials such as plant pots, containers, trays
- thinking of new ways to use and adapt otherwise leftover or waste items such as wooden pallettes, furniture and construction materials
The glasshouses are available for wedding photos for a small fee. Contact us for more information.
Glasshouse opening times:
APRIL 1ST – AUGUST 31ST
MON – THU 10.00 – 15.45
FRI – 10.00 – 12.30
SAT – SUN Closed until further notice
SEPTEMBER 1ST – MARCH 31ST
MON – THU 10.00 – 14.45
FRI 10.00 – 12.30
SAT – SUN Closed until further notice
Please note that sometimes opening times may vary due to public holidays and maintenance work.