When it comes to gardens and gardening, small can often be the most beautiful

Taking place from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th June at the Royal Highland Centre close to Edinburgh airport, Gardening Scotland is proving this year that size really doesn’t matter in the world of stunning gardens.

Last year’s Show Garden winner, New Hopetoun Gardens will be presenting ‘Hopetoun Hollows – Miniature Gardens for All Seasons’ in the Caley Floral hall, offering up a stunning display consisting of five montages showing how gardens look in all four seasons, in addition to a collection of self-contained miniature gardens – one of which contains a delightful group of fairies!

Gardening Scotland has, over the years, become well known for its support of schools and community groups across the country, many of whom come together to showcase their talents within the Pallet Garden Competition. Organised for Gardening Scotland by the Scottish Gardeners’ Forum, it is one of the most popular attractions at the Show.

Gardening clubs and schools from across Scotland compete to create gardens that measure just 1m x 1m, with the aim being to encourage and foster future generations of young gardeners as well as make the weekend a fun and memorable experience for all involved (see Notes to Editors for further information on the Pallet Gardens).

The small people in your life will also love the show. Children get free entry to Gardening Scotland, and there will be abundance of activities to keep them entertained. The dedicated Big Back Garden will play host to Glasgow Science Centre which will be promoting healthy living in the outdoors, encouraging the whole family to get active in the garden.

The award-winning author of the books behind the hit CBeebies show Katie Morag will be another of the key highlights. Gardening Scotland’s charity partner, NSPCC Scotland, has announced that Mairi Hedderwick, from Kiltarlity near Beauly, will be reading her popular Katie Morag stories in the Storytelling Tipi on Saturday 4 June.

Little people will also love to get involved with the birds of prey, bees, play equipment and face painting and you may go home having inspired your family to have a go at your own little ‘grow your own’ patch.

Martin Dare, Show Organiser said,

“The level of talent displayed by those who enter the various competitions at Gardening Scotland but, for me, it’s particularly astounding how so many groups manage to pack so much colour and inventiveness into a pallet sized space which measures only one metre square!

“In a time when lives are busier and more hectic than ever and, particularly within our towns and cities, space is at a premium, being able to indulge a love of gardening within a small space is something to be admired.

“With children of my own, I also love to see families coming along to Gardening Scotland and making the most of all the activities we offer for children of all ages.
“Small really is beautiful at Gardening Scotland!”