The weather produced some marvellous days in the height of the summer.

The organisers produced a magnificent Festival Site.

But the people of Glasgow made it a spectacular success!

Throughout the Festival the laughter of children always filled the air.

Several children's play areas were located around the site. Their older brothers and sisters were well catered for too.

The site's "Coca Cola Roller" provided exhilarating entertainment as it sped its occupants through death defying loops and twists and then proceeded to repeat the process once more

Gentler locomotion was provided on board the "Festival Train" or ascending the "Clydesdale Bank Anniversary Tower" or sailing across the dock on the "Festival Belle".
When the gates closed for the last time on 26th September 1998, well over 3 million people had visited the Festival Site and enjoyed their "Day - Out of this World".
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"I have very fond memories of the Garden festival. My wee boy was three when it opened and I lived in Broomloan court high flats. It was a dreary life, then came the opening. Armed with my season ticket (which I got reduced price because of being in the area) I descended on the festival site. It was wonderful. I had never seen anything like it. I went nearly every day for hours - sometimes all day! I have some fantastic photos of my son with oor Willie sitting on the bucket, and looking at the world through rose coloured glasses. The flower displays , plants and exhibits were truly amazing."

Sandra Butt
Kinning Park

"I remember the atmosphere. As soon as you walked through the gates you could feel the magic. I particularly remember my first trip on the Coca Cola Rollercoaster. My oldest boy, David was with me. He was just big
enough to get on, so I had to be brave! Somehow we managed to get seated right at the front which at the time I thought was OK. I changed my mind very quickly as we were hauled up the launch slope. Peering over the front of the carriages into a void made me pray that the harnesses were as safe as they looked! We were left hanging for what seemed like for ever and then whoosh! we were in free-fall. The rest of the ride was a jumble of shaking, looping and twisting the likes I had never experienced. As we stopped at the half way incline I tried to relax. David was grinning like a Cheshire cat, I was grimacing! The reverse journey was just as much fun. By the time I got off I was green. My legs were like rubber and I had lost any notion I had had for a wee bite too eat! Don't get me wrong, I loved every minute of it. I discovered the secret of the Thrill Ride the second time had to scream your head off to really enjoy it and keep the blood from rushing to you feet.
What a blast!"

Alistair Hay

I look back on the Glasgow Garden Festival with a great deal of nostalgia. The year before it opened I actually helped with the preparations for it. I helped build the Oor Wullie Wildlife garden. It was an incredible day out and I particularly liked the trams. It felt very strange to be taking a joyride on what was once everyday transport in the city. A man I know in New Kilpatrick Church in Bearsden said the Edinburgh tram took him back to his student days at Edinburgh University. It was really fantastic and I hope it's not too long until something similar is put on again in Glasgow.

Robert Kelly

My friends and I had saved our money for ages to buy our festival passes and watched the countdown clocks with anticipation. Every trip near the area from my home in Ibrox to the City Centre we'd peer from the upstairs windows of the bus hoping to see how things were going.

Then the day came and we ran from the Shields Road underground station to get the "wee train" to take us to the entrance. We waited and waited, then, when we got to the gates, proudly showed our passes and in we went. What
next, the trams, the train, the boat ride, the roller coaster? It was all too much. We decided the tram was too slow so we ran all the way along where the trams went and down the 'high street' then where...It has to be the tower, but we'd go the long way by train so we stood and waited for the train. Away it went along the Govan road side past the nature exhibits then past the Laing showhomes and across the bridge. The whole time peering up looking at the tower. Then the train stopped. Off we got and waited in line. It seemed to take forever then it was our turn. In we piled and up we went, every time pointing out somebody elses house or building we knew all too well. Before we knew it we were on our way down and running off to the next adventure. The Coca-Cola Roller. To this day my stomach never forgave me, but it was all worth it. We were there almost every day, but never grew tired of finding something else different to do. Now I can sit and watch the video memories and enjoy one of the best summers I remember in Glasgow. Now I'm over 3,000 miles away and miss things - memories like the Garden Festival and the great people of Glasgow..

Ed. Gilchrist
Saint John, NB, Canada

In 1988 my two sons, who played for the City of Berwick Pipe Band in Australia, and my wife, took of for the Edinburgh Tattoo, to play with the Rats of Tobruk Pipe Band (also from Melbourne). While they were in Edinburgh, they had the opportunity to play in Glasgow as well and one of the playouts was at the Garden Festival. I was stuck in Melbourne, unable
to make the journey to Scotland, but was able to enjoy video of the Festival ( and the Tattoo) when my wife and sons returned to Melbourne. Maybe the next time Glasgow puts on a similar show I will get to see it.
regards from Down Under

Ron Berry, Ex Daily Express and other newspapers. Left Glasgow Sept 1962.

I was only wee when I went (I think I must have been five or six) and what I remember is the bears which talked to you, the musical pipes by the river, and those squares that when you jumped on them made musical noises. Whatever happened to them?True to form, it was raining one of the times we were there! I also remember the giant tap and the garden tools from
Cumbernauld which now live beside the motorway. I was so sad when I outgrew my t-shirt and it started to get used as a duster! I remember only a little, but I'm sure I loved it all!
Alison Thewliss
age 17

My memories of the garden festival will always be special ,my daughter Kailey was christened there at the small glass church that was built for the festival. My own church St Kenneths of Linthouse near Govan had been knocked down, and as I now live in the U.S.A. I wanted my daughter christened in my home town. My mum who had been attending the church every Sunday asked the minister if he could do it. Anyway it caused quite a stir as it had never been done. Songs of praise was there so it was on the television, the minister
was funny he kept fixing his hair for the cameras. It was in the Govan press newspaper and I am sure a few more. I saved all the brochures and her christening papers of that day it was great and my American husband got to enjoy all the Scottish festivities. I felt bad when they took it all away it was a shame , people could be enjoying it to-day!
All the best
Eleanor Pullen, Atlanta,Georgia, U.S.A.

My memories of this are fond as my husband and I married in June of 88. We could not afford to go on honeymoon so decided to visit the Festival with family and relatives who were on holiday from Wales. What a wonderful day out we had. The sun was scorching and the atmosphere was electric. I am only sorry that the plants, shrubs etc did not remain after the Festival had closed. A wonderful occasion for young and old alike.


Although I lived in Southern England, my sister lived in Glasgow and I generally visited two or three times a summer. She was convinced that it was going to be great- so convinced that when it was announced that a season ticket would cost only 12 she bought them for all the family. The result was that I spent many days at the Festival- twelve in fact- making it a brilliant bargain - only 1 a long, long day out. I loved every minute even when it rained and most days it didn't - sometimes it was scorching hot. For the fun of it we tried all the different forms of transport to get there. One day, we took the underground to the nearest station (was it West St?) and took the "road train" to the gates- this felt really weird - only 30 years before when I had first moved to Glasgow, people had warned me about these notorious dark streets and here we were bowling along the middle of them in a jolly Italian "Lotto". Another time we parked by the exhibition centre and walked over the Bell's Bridge (and wasn't that a beautiful sight? - puts the new Thames bridge to shame) but my favourite travelling experience was parking somewhere near Renfrew and bowling along the M8 on the top of the free Park and Ride double decker bus - the views both north to the Lomond Hills, south over to Paisley and southern Glasgow and east towards the city and on our return - well, if you haven't sat upstairs on a double decker bus on a glorious long summer June evening travelling towards the mouth of the Clyde, you haven't lived.
Ah, I was supposed to be remembering the Festival and I haven't even mentioned that - well, take it from me it was worth every penny and more and I still have my Festival key ring fob so that constantly throughout my day I am reminded of that special time; yes, even the logo was absolutely right!

Snowden's Childrens' Fountain at the GGF was sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland plc. It was moved to the north (State Porch) entrance of Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. Like most Glasgow fountains it spent a lot of time "turned off". For the last few months, it has been flowing freely and has proved a popular attraction to Kelvingrove Park.
After the massive storm damage at Renfield-Saint Stephen's Church at Charing Cross, Glasgow, the Church of Scotland Pavilion fountain is again operational in Bath Street.
The Taggart drama about the Garden Festival - ROOT OF EVIL - is now available on PAL VHS Video. Other GGF commercial videos are PENTECOST SUNDAY (26 minutes filmed on May 22, 1988 at the GGF) and FESTIVAL IN FOCUS - an electronic picture book of the GGF (30 minutes, 200 colour transparencies, with soundtrack, prints available).
Stanley K Hunter

Readers may be interested to know that the site of the Glasgow Garden Festival is now the home of Glasgow's Science Centre and Scotland's first IMAX Theatre.

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