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Hidden Gardens

Posted by Jackie on May 2, 2009


Yesterday’s shadow photo, and my photo today and for the next few days, come from the Hidden Gardens. This fantastic little place is in the Pollokshields area of the south side of Glasgow, at the back of the Tramway Theatre. You can see the theatre building in the background of this photo behind the bizarre sculpture gate/installation/thingy. As its name suggests it used to be the home of Glasgow’s trams (long since disappeared) – firstly as a humble tram shed, later as the city’s main tram terminus. In the 1960s following the demise of the trams the building housed Glasgow’s Transport Museum, but that moved to the West End in the mid-1980s. It then lay empty for a while and faced demolition, but in preparation for Glasgow’s year of being European City of Culture (in 1990) it became a space for contemporary visual art (if you click on the History link on the Tramway site it gives all this info in much more detail).

In 2003 the Hidden Gardens were opened, and have become an extension of the Tramway’s use of space. It is meant to “celebrate the diversity of nature and humanity”, and in a relatively small area I think it does a pretty good job of that! Last Saturday, when we actually saw some sun, there were lots of people out enjoying the space – it’s a great calm little spot for an hour or two out with friends or somewhere to take the kids to work off a bit of energy. And yet walking past it from the street you might not even know it was there, as it’s hardly visible from the road or the railway that runs behind it.

Some of the planting, like in this photo, is in raised beds. There is also a sunken garden and other different areas, plus an area of grass for sitting or running around. I really like it, and should go more often (especially as it’s so close!).

3 Responses to “Hidden Gardens”

  1. Katya said

    There is something about an area like this that is so special…especially if not too many people know about it! It looks like a lovely place for some contemplation!

  2. maria v said

    love places like this – they remind one of the past in a poignant way

  3. Great foto as well as imformation

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