There are few nurseries in Britain that can boast such a fantastic legacy as Glendoick, in fact they are probably the only nursery which has three generations of plant hunters making Glendoick and the Cox family truly unique. Anyone who cares about horticulture heritage and plant provenance should know about the Cox family. Their passion and drive in discovering new plants and breeding them for future generations is much to be admired.
Glendoick Garden woodlands, which is open to visitors in April and May, appeared in The Independent listing of the Top 50 Gardens in Europe for rare and unusual plants. The Glendoick hybrids include dwarf rhododendrons ‘Curlew’, Ptarmigan’ and ‘Razorbill’, the evergreen azaleas ‘Panda’, ‘Wombat’ and ‘Squirrel’, the red-leaved hybrids Everred [‘85/1c’] and Wine and Roses [‘pinkros’].
Even if you thought rhododendrons and azaleas were not your first choice of plants, with over 1000 varieties, many bred by the Cox family, there will be at least one to tempt you, and what’s more you will be buying a plant with an interesting story – you just don’t get this at your average garden centre. Plants can be purchased on site and the nursery offers mail order of bare rooted plants in the autumn and winter.
Glendoick is both a working nursery and a destination Garden Centre with a multi-award-winning cafe, offering a range of homemade food and a well stocked foodhall. If that wasn’t enough it’s also located in a beautiful part of Scotland and is very easy to access making it a convenient day out what-ever the weather.
We should be proud of the Cox family and their lifelong commitment and dedication to horticulture. Glendoick is certainly one of Britain’s and the worlds leading nurseries.