Timeline

Explore the history of The Hidden Gardens

2019

The Potager

Created in 2019 The Potager is an ornamental kitchen garden filled with many kinds of fruits and vegetables.
2018

An outdoor classroom

Local school groups, community groups and visitors to The Hidden Gardens events participate in outdoor learning in all year round. Learning about food growing, home for nature, biodiversity and recycling waste.
2017

Volunteers

The Hidden Gardens excellent team of committed volunteers offer their time and expertise to help maintain and nurture the Gardens, carry out wildlife surveys, complete small DIY jobs around the Gardens and Boilerhouse building, help with community activities and assist at events.
2016

Men’s Group

The Men’s Group is a weekly activity based group bringing together men from all backgrounds. Activities are chosen by the group and have included foraging, mindfulness, tai chi, cooking and trips. Initially delivered in partnership with Crossroads it has since been delivered in partnership with Glasgow Mental Health Network.
2015

Tai Chi on the Lawn

A friendly welcoming outdoor community exercise class open to adults of all ages and abilities. Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements that are gentle on the joints and muscles. There is a herbal tea break and chance to chat.
2014

Voluntours

Our team of wonderful volunteers offer free guided tours of the history, plants and wildlife that make The Hidden Gardens such a unique space.
2013

Help Yourself Grow

Help Yourself Grow supports people with a learning disability to use their skills, talents and abilities to contribute to community life whilst responding to their ambitions and aspirations. Help Yourself Grow is an initiative devised by Fair Deal and delivered in partnership with The Hidden Gardens.
2012

Culture Kitchen presents Food Tells A Story

As part of Merchant City Festival, 12 Glasgow women took charge of Café Cossachok’s kitchen to serve up food their mothers and grandmothers taught them to make, creating a unique communal dining experience encompassing performance installation and celebration.
2011

Launch of Wildflower Meadow

Painstakingly researched and created over a three-year period, the Wildflower Meadow was unveiled at Doors Open Day 2011. The Meadow was designed to increase biodiversity and attract more bees & butterflies into the Gardens.
2010

Refugee Week Celebration

In partnership with South East Integration Network, The Hidden Gardens has hosted Refugee Week Celebration for a number of years. The event highlights pertinent issues for refugees and asylum seekers whilst celebrating the diverse community we live in.
2009

Taskforce volunteers planting

Our dedicated gardening volunteers carry out invaluable work in keeping the Gardens looking their best, whilst learning and sharing skills, improving health and wellbeing and making friends.
2008

Daffodil picking in Spring

Daffodils heralding the beginning of a new growing season! With over 6,000 bulbs growing in the Gardens, we shared our blooms at the local farmers market.
2007

Parent & Toddler Group

The Parent & Toddler group ran till 2015 and aimed to create opportunities for parents and children from different backgrounds to meet and socialise, as well as creating access to other services and support in the area.
2006

Artist Residency: Rachel Mimiec

Stressed commuters were soothed by lavender given out by the artist as part of a two year residency at the Gardens.
2005

Fragrant

A three day festival of flowers. Illuminated walkways, performances and sound and light installations surrounded the centrepiece dried garland, facilitated by artist Jyll Bradley and created by the local community using flowers from 40,000 plants.
2004

Festivals of Light

The Hidden Gardens became animated by a series of light installations inspired by diverse cultural traditions: Diwali, Eid al-Fitr, Chanukah & Advent.
2003

The Hidden Gardens nearing completion

A three day festival of flowers. Illuminated walkways, performances and sound and light installations surrounded the centrepiece dried garland, facilitated by artist Jyll Bradley and created by the local community using flowers from 40,000 plants.
1890s–1960s

Tramworks

The Copelawhill Tram Works and Depot opened in 1899 and was built in stages from 1894 onwards by engineer William Clark. Initially the building housed horses as the tram cars were horse driven till the tram system was electrified in 1901. The works were equipped for building nearly the whole of the new electric cars required and for repairing them.
1800s

Tree Nursery

In the early 19th century, this site was a commercial nursery where trees were grown for big mansions like Pollok House.