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Glendoick History

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One Hundred Years of Glendoick Gardens 

In 1919 Euan Cox went on an expedition to Burma with celebrated plant hunter Reginald Farrer in search of new and rare plants. When he returned to the UK, Euan began to transform the grounds of Glendoick House near Perth with Himalayan plants making a now famous woodland garden.

It was an inspired move in a south-facing, hillside setting and the gardens, created from the seeds of rhododendrons, conifers, perennials and bulbs that he had brought back with him, began to flourish. 

GLendoick Gardens on Gardeners World from the late 1980s.


Today Glendoick Gardens, which straddle a fast-flowing burn, are home to an incredible range of rare species rhododendrons and from early spring until summer these, along with magnolias, camellias, swathes of Meconopsis, Primula, lillies and lots more.

Alongside the five-acre gardens is Glendoick Nursery, established by Euan and his son Peter in 1953, which has a world wide reputation or hybridising Rhododendrons and Azaleas, as well as an award-winning garden centre.  

Now Euan’s grandson, Kenneth Cox, third-generation plant hunter, nurseryman and best-selling gardening author, has plans to celebrate the centenary of one of this country’s most renowned woodland gardens 

  • A new guidebook to the gardens, Glendoick 100 - Guide book and history of Glendoick written by Kenneth Cox was published in spring 2019. 

  • New Glendoick cultivars for 2019 included: ‘Glendoick Chiffon a double white   evergreen azalea; ‘Glendoick Candyfloss’  a bright pink double azalea and ‘Tricia Cox’ a dwarf rhododendron with pink flowers named after Peter Cox’ wife and the founder of the successful Glendoick Garden Centre.  

  • Glendoick Gardens was open daily throughout April and May and at 11am, on Sunday, May 5 and Sunday, May 12, Kenneth Cox will be leading guided tours of the gardens, explaining their history and development.  Tour tickets need to be booked in advance as numbers are limited. (buy garden tour tickets here)


  • A Glendoick 100 years display garden was be created at Gardening Scotland 2019  (Friday, 31 May - Sunday, 2 June - The Royal Highland Centre Edinburgh). The garden will feature many of the plants introduced by the Cox family and new hybrid cultivars bred at Glendoick.  


  • Glendoick 100 Years Lecture by Kenneth Cox, to celebrate the garden, its plants, wild collections, hybridising and woodland gardening. See Glendoick Website for details. 

Kenneth says: “The gardens have a rich history and the foundation that my grandfather laid down has been added to over the years by my father and myself. It is wonderful to be able to celebrate their centenary, to chart their progress and to plan for the next century.”


More on Glendoick's history, plant hunting and hybridising rhododendrons can be found by clicking on the links above.


From The Dundee Courier  April 2019

Ken with Rhodendron Taurus.
Ken with Rhododendron rex ssp. fictolacetum

Some of the many plants introduced by Glendoick over the last 100 years:

Rhododendron mallotum, R. santapaui, R. subansiriense, R. coxianum, R. walongense (aff), R. dendrocharis, R. cephalanthum var. playphyllum, R. ochraceum,, R. platypodum,, R. denudatum, , R. coeloneuron, R. sinofalconeri Yunnan form, R. huanum , R. miniatum, , R. luciferum,, R. bulu, R. laudandum,  R. monanthum,, R. trilectorum, , R. kasoense , R. cephalanthum Nmaiense group, R. dignabile, R. valentinianum var. oblongilobatum, R. phaeochrysum (yellow form), R. changii, R. pseudocilipes, R. boothii (lost to cultivation in Europe), R. hodgsonii Aff Rudong La, Bhutan, R. populare, and R. titapuriense.

The Glendoick Bird Hybrids

BRAMBLING (‘Razorbill' x racemosum) 90cm. H4. New Glendoick hybrid with brightest pink flowers in multiple clusters in April. Fine dark foliage. Very promising.

CHIKOR 30cm. H4. Bright yellow flowers in May. Our first award winning dwarf yellow hybrid. Compact twiggy growth. Needs cool roots & good drainage. (ludlowii x rupicola var. chryseum)

CRANE 75cm. H5. Creamy-white flowers in April. A white version of 'Ginny Gee' which is hardy, very free-flowering and easy to please. One of the best white dwarf hybrids. (racemosum white x ‘Yaku Fairy’)

CURLEW 40cm. H4 Comparatively large, beautiful, open-faced yellow flowers in April-May. Neat spreading habit and good foliage. Expanding buds need frost protection. (ludlowii x fletcherianum)

EGRET 60cm. H4. Masses of tiny white bells in May. Compact, with shiny, deep green leaves. One of our most popular introductions, quite unlike any other hybrid. Recommended.

GLENDOICK FLAMINGO  20cm  H4-5  Brightest pink. very compact.

GUILLIMOT 50cm (NEW 2016) Lightly scented white flowers from orange-brown buds in March indoors, April outdoors. Dark foliage. Opens buds over several; week. (levinei aff x moupinense ‘Fulmar’)

MERGANSER 45cm. H4. Freely produced yellow bells in May. Very neat habit with dark green foliage. (campylogynum white x luteiflorum)

PINTAIL 60cm. H4. Brightest pink flowers in multiple trusses in April. A compact plant with good foliage. (racemosum x ‘Snipe’)

PIPIT 20cm. H3-4. Flat-faced pink flowers with darker markings in late May. A natural hybrid of R. lowndesii x R. lepidotum from Nepal. Needs extra care.

PLOVER 50cm H4 M The first scented pink dwarf hybrid hardy outdoors at Glendoick. Deep green leaves. Needs good drainage. (edgeworthii x dendrocharis)

PTARMIGAN 30cm. H4. The 'Snow Grouse' is covered every year by a carpet of pure white flowers in March-April. Flowers open over a long period during spells of mild weather, so it nearly always puts on a show. Creeping/spreading habit. (microleucum x leucaspis)

QUAIL 30cm. H4. Bright red buds open to deep reddish-pink in April-May. Compact habit. Very free-flowering, the flowers last best in part-day shade. Almost a true red lepidote dwarf. (‘Yaku Fairy’ x ‘Peter Chappell’)

RAZORBILL 60cm. H4. A remarkable introduction with brightest pink long-lasting flowers late April-May, in tight upright trusses. Attractive crinkled leaves on a sturdy plant.

SWIFT 60cm, H3-4. Fine yellow flowers, strongly spotted red, very freely produced in May. Not for gardens colder than Glendoick. Like ‘Curlew' but a bit later flowering and more bud hardy. (ludlowii x viridescens)

TANAGER 75cm H4 L Pale yellow bells in late May- early June. Vigorous. Latest flowering of the birds. (brachyanthum x viridescens)

TINKERBIRD 75cm. H3-4. Masses of scented cream-white flowers in early May. A real breakthrough: a compact, scented dwarf which grows outdoors at Glendoick. Best in a sheltered site. Surprisingly bud hardy. Also good as a pot plant. (ciliatum x edgeworthii)

TREE CREEPER 30cm. H4. Pink buds opening to flower pink on outside cream inside, giving an attractive two-toned effect. Compact habit. Very free-flowering. Flowers last best in part day shade. (‘Yaku Fairy’ x ‘Peter Chappell’)

WREN 20cm. H4. Smothers itself with clear yellow flowers in May. A gem, popular with rock garden enthusiasts, which forms a tight mat of attractive, shiny leaves. (ludlowii x ‘Yaku Fairy’)


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