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  • 28 May 2009
Tramway herb garden

The Hidden Gardens, Glasgow

What is it? Sssh. Not so loud. It’s a garden of peace, designed by artists and gentle green-fingered types, tucked away at the back of Tramway.

Bah. I’ve got my own garden. Why would I want to go and visit someone else’s? Ah, but does your garden have site-specific installations by artists such as Gerry Loose and Stephen Skrynka built into it? Was your garden rescued from rubble and dereliction and created by the environmental art organisation NVA? Are audio guides to your garden available, with samples of birdsong that help you identify the local wildlife, as well as a specially-created poem written and read by Suhayl Saadi and a loving look at local history? Does your garden regularly host exhibitions? Do children hang their wishes on your trees? Thought not.

Actually, it sounds like a rather more peaceful and enriching experience than being in my own garden, which is usually just full of weeds and broken bike parts. Sigh. It’s funny you should mention that, because the Hidden Gardens is actually having a plant sale this weekend, so you can pick up some cuttings of its plants to regenerate your own.

Really? Fantastic! How do I get there? Tramway is on Albert Drive in the Southside of Glasgow. There’s limited parking or you can catch the train from Glasgow Central to Pollokshields. There’s also a pedestrian entrance to the Hidden Gardens on Pollokshaws Road. The plant sale is on all day, Sat 30 & Sun 31 May. And before you ask, yes, there’s a very nice café indeed.

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow, 0141 433 2722,

The Hidden Gardens

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow, G41 2PE