Founded by NVA public arts organisation in 2003, The Hidden Gardens is an award-winning unique public greenspace and community development organisation located in Pollokshields, one of Scotland’s most diverse communities.
The Hidden Gardens exists to promote understanding between people of all cultures, faiths and backgrounds. It celebrates the universal spirit of nature, with subtle references to the paradise gardens that have evolved over the last three thousands years.- The Hidden Gardens.
We were also surrounded by the bees who live in 'tenement hives'. The bees don't bother you, they are busy with the profusion of flowers blooming in the gardens. There are also lots of birdhouses and feeders in the trees. The Hidden Gardens are not massive, but they are very beautiful and could easily provide a couple hours entrainment for little ones.
The gardens are situated just outside the Tramway which began life as the Coplawhill tram shed in 1893. For a long time it served as the city’s main tram terminus, depot and factory then after the trams stopped running in Glasgow in the early 1960s, the building was transformed into the Museum of Transport. In 1986 the Transport Museum moved to Kelvinhall in the West End and today the Riverside Museum houses a collection of transport related historical artefacts. Since the 1990s the Tramway began to be used as an arts space. In 2008 a creative director was appointed for a focus on theatre and art then the Scottish Ballet made it's new home there in 2009. The Tramway has a large echoing warehouse feel - remnants from it's time as a terminus and workshop.
Anyone is free to pop into the Tramway and Hidden Gardens and enjoy the space as well as the cafe and variety of free events run there.