Scotland's Gardens

Horatios Gardens


Horatio's Gardens - NEW FOR 2017


Opened in 2016, the garden was designed by award winning garden designer and RHS judge, James Alexander-Sinclair. It is for patients at The Scottish National Spinal Unit; The garden offers a haven for patients and their families during their long stay in hospital. The garden is divided into six distinct spaces, each with a different purpose and designed to stimulate different senses – sight, smell, touch and all providing a sense of wellbeing. The courtyard is at the heart of the unit with contemporary garden pods to enjoy the garden in all weathers. There is a woodland garden overlooked by the wards to encourage wildlife into the garden, a play garden for children who are visiting relatives and a physiotherapy garden which is functional as well as beautiful. Courtesy of Hartley Botanic, there is a greenhouse, which featured at Chelsea Flower Show and a Greenhouse Garden surrounded by raised beds and areas for horticultural therapy sessions. The scented garden is planted with carefully chosen shrubs growing around a stunning ‘Coccolith’ sculptures, donated by Brewin Dolphin.


From the east or west of the city: On the M8 motorway to Junction 25, follow signs for the Clyde Tunnel (A739) for ¾ mile, then follow signs for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Turn left into Govan Road and the hospital is on the left. From north of the River Clyde: Go through the Clyde tunnel (A739) and follow signs for the hospital.

Garden Openings

Sunday 30 July 2:00pm - 5:00pm


£6.00, including teas


Horatio's Gardens receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries

Features & Catering

  • Disabled Access
  • Home-made teas available.
  • Plant stall

Other Details

Charity chair Dr Olivia Chapple will give a talk about gardens and wellbeing at 3pm and guests will be guided on tours by Horatio’s Garden volunteer team. Plants and the charity’s merchandise will be on sale.


Horatio's Gardens
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
G51 4TF




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