The garden of time

Garden of Time

The Garden of Time is a beautiful haven where all are welcome to enjoy a peaceful moment surrounded by nature, history and art.

As part of the University of Stirling’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2017, the University redeveloped an existing garden to create a new concept: a Garden of Time. Located to the east of the campus, the Garden enjoys spectacular views of Airthrey Castle, the Wallace Monument, the Ochil Hills and the prominent peak of Dumyat.

Reflecting the youthful vibrancy of the University, the Garden of Time is a place where nature meets art whilst exploring time and memory. It's a tranquil and inspirational place, which like the four seasons, will continually change and remain a place where everyone can visit, relax, imagine and dream new possibilities.

Landscape architects, designers and university curators have created a place of natural beauty within the campus’ historic parkland setting. The Garden features floral meadows, specimen trees, mowed lawn walkways, a walking labyrinth and unique sculptures.

How to find the Garden of Time

Follow Hermitage Road and you'll find The Garden of Time next to Alexander Court and opposite the Airthrey Golf Pavilion. Find out more on getting around campus.

Sun to the Stone

Kathleen Jamie, Professor of Poetry was commissioned to write a poem which captures the spirit of the Garden and the ancient landscape.

Read Sun to the Stone
Photo of Kathleen Jamie

Be part of the Garden

We’re currently in the first phase of developing the Garden of Time, and there are a range of ways you can mark a memory or recognise a loved one. These include:

Engrave a path stone

The path leading into the Garden of Time will be made of large, locally-designed Caithness path-stones. You’re invited to adopt one of these stones and have a name engraved on it.

Donate towards sculptures

We’ve identified a range of sculptures to include in the Garden of Time, all of which complement the landscape and fit within the ethos of the garden. You can be a part of the garden’s creation by making a donation towards the acquisition of sculptures.

Adopt a tree

The garden will include an avenue of lime trees leading towards Airthrey Castle, each one with a hand-crafted stainless steel leaf that can be engraved to your specifications when you adopt a tree.

How to Donate

If you’d like to purchase a path stone, adopt a tree or support the acquisition of sculptures for the Garden of Time, please contact alumni@stir.ac.uk for details. Everyone is welcome to contribute to the development of the garden and mark their memories.

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