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Gardening Scotland 2010


visited Gardening Scotland today. It was a very hot,sunny day and we had a great time. there are show gardens,

this Scottish Thistle was very well done and the stone walls were superb

I love these pallet gardens which are done by different groups ie.schools and community centres etc

sunhats and ice-creams were the order of the day and brollies were up not for the rain but as sunshades!!

there was lots to see ,bee keeping was very popular and lots of eco ideas.

indoors there were lots of beautiful displays and I bought lots of alpine plants, in fact so many that I need to construct another alpine area!!

loved this creatures motel

I took 134 photos !! but hope this selection gives you an idea of what it was like.
I will finish with a picture of this thistle like flower which was lovely

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I am going tomorrow and having seen all you saw gives me a head start at what to look at. I have been resting today as I was away babysitting the two youngest grandchildren and it was so hot we had to stay out of the sun in the afternoons. If any other Goyers (I know about some of you) are going to be there I will wear my badge and look forward to meeting you. I will be on the Scottish Gardeners Forum stand from 12.30- 3-30pm so I will need to plan my day carefully to see as much as possible. The SGF was set up to be supportive of gardening groups rather than individuals. It provides a platform for the groups and can advise about Insurance and things like that when groups hold Shows. They have a web site which also explains that they have the responsibility for the pallet gardens which visitors enjoy so much. Encouraging young people is also very important to them. Thank you for sharing your lovely day out with us Helen. PS that Volkswagen from last year is now set up and improving day by day at Suntrap.

5 Jun, 2010


thanks for info re volkswagen.I must go along and see it as it was one of my favourites last year

5 Jun, 2010


Wonderful flowers, gardens and walls.... and ice-cream :o)

5 Jun, 2010


I'm going to sound like Simon Cowell now Helen but when I first started looking at your pics I thought ... ok ... they're nice ... & then they got better & better & better!!!

Love the bee hive ones & the creature one... & the aircraft one!

And would that be you having a crafty 99 ice cream??!!

5 Jun, 2010


a great day. the ice cream was great too. I only had 1 cone honest!! the other one was OH,s [ by the way we now at 9pm have a thunder storm and my garden resembles a large pond ]

5 Jun, 2010


What a wonderful show,Helen,and your pics are lovely.Thanks for sharing,and glad you had a lovely day....if that's you ,eating an Icecream,it certainly looks like it. :o)))

5 Jun, 2010


thanks fluff it was a 99 and tasted great.

5 Jun, 2010


it is bloomer enjoying the ice cream and the shade mind you getting down to sit on the grass was a lot easier than getting back up again!!!!

5 Jun, 2010


Hey hey ... good for you!!

5 Jun, 2010


What a fabulous show! Did you buy anything there...apart from the ice cream, I

5 Jun, 2010


I wasn,t going to buy anything!!! BUT of course I did !!! lots of alpines[I now need to make a new alpine bed] , garden ornaments,and even a pair of sandals!!! lol

6 Jun, 2010


You probably needed that lovely icecream after viewing all those exhibits . Looks like a very good show Helen. The thistle in the last picture. I lost this over the winter. I think it's called Cirsum Rivulare Helen.

12 Jun, 2010


thanks Doriac for the name as I am going to get one if I can

13 Jun, 2010


In case you have not heard Helen, the garden at Suntrap could close its doors (gates) to the public on 30th July. Oatridge who run it for the National Trust has said it needs to focus on the needs of the main Campus at Oatridge and can no longer support Suntrap. The educational facilities for the students from the special schools and children with learning difficulties are going to be left high and dry. The night school classes which are run for amateur gardeners are looking to be oversubscribed in the autumn but may well be scrapped. Even if they continue at Oatridge they do not have the facilities there to provide the access to the garden which adds to the quality of the courses run in Suntrap. We are all devastated.

13 Jun, 2010


how sad .is there going to be a protest or something ?
mind you if the powers that be have decided then nothing will change their minds!! such a shame though

13 Jun, 2010


Well we do not know what is happening. Apparently they do have a garden at Oatridge but it will not be the same ethos at all. Csarina and I have both done blogs on it.

13 Jun, 2010

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