Little Sparta Visit

Located in South Lanarkshire, Little Sparta is the garden of the poet and artist Ian Hamilton Finlay [masked]). It features many poem-sculptures and text-objects in the garden as well as representing an incredible feat of garden-design and landscaping. In equal parts witty and deadpan serious, it is quite unlike any other garden in the world.

As Little Sparta is only open from June-September and on limited days and hours, it's always good to schedule in a visit. I suggest we try to meet up at the carpark, then there is a short walk up to the grounds. If anyone requires a lift there, I guess we can try to do some car-sharing, so do shout out if you can drive and have space in your car. 

It is £10 to get into the garden which I believe needs to be paid in cash when you arrive.

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  • earthcaroleanne

    Hi Jim, nice to meet you today and thanks for calling me a young lady! Sorry I abandoned you but felt it was more a garden for contemplation than for being in a group so maybe it was better we didn't bump into anyone else.

    July 27

  • Jim M.

    At first site I thought it was just another garden. Then, I started to see more and more as I wandered. It was almost like getting to know Ian as well as his garden. I only met one young lady from the group, everyone else I talked to hadn't heard of the group.

    July 27

  • Louise t.

    Hi yes we arrived and I approached chap in car park who wasn't part of group so we just went in, hope to meet you all next time!

    July 27

  • earthcaroleanne

    Actually I see other people seem to have been there. No one introduced themselves in the car park. I wandered around randomly speaking to strangers. I may have spoken to you.

    July 27

  • rosemary h.

    hello everyone, sincere apols for not making it today - yesterday (24 guests) was just more exhausting than I could manage .. R

    July 27

  • Colin H.

    Hello everyone, I am really sorry to do this but I will not be able to attend this trip to Little Sparta tomorrow due to another commitment that has cropped up last minute that I just can't get out of and difficulties travelling back in time. I really hate to do this as I was looking forward to it and in this weather the garden will be glorious. I hope you still make it along and enjoy the garden. I will leave the event up so that I you do decide to go you can discuss details with others here. I can't apologise enough for the short notice! Colin

    July 26

  • Jim M.

    I live in the Dalkeith area and would be happy to offer a lift to anyone else in that area or on route to Little Sparta.

    July 25

  • Louise t.

    We can offer lift to two folk picking up
    around morton hall could collect
    opposite crematorium

    July 22

  • graeme

    change of plans...I'm not able to come after all. Hope to come to some other event soon.

    July 22

  • Jane A.

    apologies - am going to have to drop out of this

    July 19

  • graeme

    I'm going and can offer a lift.......

    July 16

    • Jane A.

      Graeme Could I ask for a lift please? Happy to contribute to petrol.

      July 17

  • Brian M.

    I was there Wed. 25th June . Its about a bygone land of innocence and dignity and Nicolas Poussin "Et in Arcadia ego" Louvre .

    July 12

  • Clare

    Have wanted to go to this for a very long time!
    I would be extremely grateful if someone offered me a lift? Happy to contribute for petrol :)

    June 13

  • Patricia H.

    Unfortunately I cannot make this outing although it sounds interesting. I hope to make it to the next event so that I can make my acquaintance with fellow art lovers.

    June 10

  • A former member
    A former member

    Won't RSVP just now as have loads on but if I can make it I will give as much notice as I can and I can give 3 a lift or there is room for a small 4th one LOL but would mean a wee bit of a squash :-) - will be in touch

    May 22

  • Jane A.

    I would love to come to this but will need a lift as I don't have a car please.

    May 17

  • Julie K.

    I'd like to come to this too,not sure where I'll be tho,as I have family in Gloucestershire.will have to check nearer the time.

    May 14

  • Brian M.

    I am booked for a weekend in the Shetlands from the 25th of July .

    May 12

  • Kate

    I'd like to come to this but need a lift does anyone have space in their car?

    May 11

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