ARTISTS from all over Scotland descended on Geilston Garden in Cardross last week for a day-long workshop led by Helensburgh artist Julia Gurney.

And with the gardens looking stunning after the recent warm and sunny weather, there was no shortage of subjects for Julia and her 'students' to choose from.

The workshop was the first in a series taking place at the garden throughout this summer as part of an expanded programme of events organised by the Friends of Geilston and the garden's owners, the National Trust for Scotland.

Alison Farrell, head gardener at Geilston, said: "This was the first of three workshops this summer organised by the Trust. All the artists we get to lead the sessions are local to the Helensburgh area.

"The garden is looking fabulous at the moment and the people who took part seemed delighted with the way it went. It was a perfect day."

Julia Gurney said: "This was the third art workshop I've done at Geilston and it was a very enjoyable day.

"I divided the day into two parts, the first in the wild garden and the second in the more formal garden area.

"The way I organised it was to split each part of the day into two sessions – the first getting the participants to create a black and white draft image, and the second to paint the same picture in colour.

"It was a fantastic experience. Most of the people who took part had never been to the garden before, so hopefully they'll spread the word and come back in future."

The next Geilston art workshop will be led by Carol Dewart on July 4, and the last in the series, under Carol Moore, takes place on August 15.