Glenarn — a lifetimes work

Sue and Michael Thornley moved to their house at Glenarn, Rhu in 1983 and with it they inherited a beautiful but overgrown garden. They have lovingly restored, maintained and extended its exceptional collection of rhododendrons, magnolias and other incredible plants.

This year Glenarn celebrates 75 years of garden openings under the Scotland’s Gardens scheme. The first was in 1939, continuing each year thereafter except for a short break in the early 1980’s. Open days were held even in WW2 when visitors were advised to bring sugar for their tea due to rationing! Attractions included a variety of exotic birds: Chinese pheasants, peacocks and three cranes (Stalin, Roosevelt and Mrs Hitler).


Helensburgh Living is a big fan of Glenarn Gardens. Taking the time to meander through this beautiful garden raises the spirits and calms the soul. If you have not visited this hidden secret of Rhu, then make a note in your diary to visit this summer. Children very welcome and well behaved dogs on leads!

www.gardens-of-argyll.co.uk for garden information

Glenarn, Rhu, Helensburgh G84 8LL

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