Doors Open Day 2021

For Doors Open Days 2021, Little Sparta’s head gardener George Gilliland explores the idea that Little Sparta is a garden of the sea.  

This short film ‘Four Seasons in Sail’ is based on a talk which George gave as part of the Ian Hamilton Finlay ‘Marine’ exhibition at Edinburgh City Arts Centre. It also features imagery by photographer Robin Gillanders. 

‘Marine’ runs until 3 October 2021.

“Little Sparta is a garden which surprises in many ways, not least of which is that it is a garden of the sea.” 

Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment.  It offers free access to over a thousand venues across the country each September. The South Lanarkshire events take place 18 and 19 September. We created an online event so that you can experience Doors Open Days at Little Sparta no matter where you are in the world. You can watch the video any time here: