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Little Sparta

Door open days

19 September 2020

20 September 2020

South Lanarkshire

Collaborating with stone carvers, letterers and at times other artists and poets, the numerous sculptures and artworks created by Finlay, which are all integral to the garden, explore themes as diverse as the sea and its fishing fleets, our relationship to nature, classical antiquity, the French Revolution and the Second World War. Individual poetic and sculptural elements in wood, stone and metal are sited in relation to carefully structured landscaping and planting. In this way, the garden in its entirety is the artwork.

Digital Resources

Little Sparta Virtual Tour

Join head gardener George Gilliland for a virtual tour of Little Sparta, the garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay.

Go on a virtual guided tour!

Key Information

  • Stonypath
  • Dunsyre
  • ML11 8NG