Greenbank House, South elevation.

This evening, I am focusing on Greenbank House, a heritage property located near Clarkston to the south of Glasgow, west of Scotland, and best known for its garden which remains very close to its original 18th century style and shape. Although the house is not open to the public on a regular basis the garden is and the surrounding area is popular with dog walkers. A brief history of the house is as follows:

  • Dates from around 1771 when built on behalf of local merchant, Robert Allason but architect unknown. It is believed that Allason’s wealth was acquired through the expansion of trade, including tobacco dealing, which drove prosperity in and around Glasgow up until the time of the American Revolution.
  • A classic Georgian country house with a walled garden stretching to the south.
  • Allason died 1785 having sold Greenbank as a function of the downturn in trade due to American Independence.
  • Greenbank House subsequently underwent various changes of ownership as fortunes of the owners ebbed and flowed.
  • Then acquired by local man (from East Kilbride), John Hamilton who became the first of four generations of Hamiltons to own the property.
  • Greenbank was acquired by W.P. Blyth from Busby in 1962 who established the ornamental garden.
  • In 1977 Greenbank was transferred to the National trust for Scotland on condition it should serve as a garden advice centre, an objective which has been faithfully adhered to. The garden contains 4000 named cultivars and holds major collections of bergenias and narcissus.

Garden at Greenbank House.

Greenbank House, North elevation

Greenbank House, view from garden.