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"Buddhas & Bagpipes" show garden, Gardening Scotland 2008

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"Buddhas & Bagpipes" show garden, Gardening Scotland 2008

This garden, by garden design course students at the Scottish Agricultural College (Ayr campus), aimed to reflect the botanical, educational and social links between Scotland and the Himalayan region. Inspiration came from the Explorers' Garden in Pitlochry, Perthshire, and the Buddhist monastery of Sayme Ling, Eskdalemuir. All the plants, common in our gardens today, originated in the Himalayas, and were chosen to honour 4 Scottish plant hunters: Robert Fortune (1812-1880); Thomas Thomson (1817-1887); George Forrest (1873-1932); and George Sherriff (1898-1967).



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Do you like oriental gardens? I especially like the use of pavillions...or sometimes just platforms in an area of special interest...or a Cha Noh Yu house. That and the creation of living bonsai art and the casting of gongs and chimes. Imagine the adventures of those men? Must have been great to hunt plants for a living!!

4 Jun, 2008

 

I really like them, too, Lori. Very calm and peaceful. There was a huge bonsai display at the show by the Scottish Bonsai Society, with demonstrations on how to do it.

4 Jun, 2008

 

So did you stop to take in a demo...or were you boggled by seeing everything in one day? I get that way when I go to a show...want to see everything and miss absolutely nothing... turn into a whirlwind. hubby just rolls his eyes....whatever!...lol.

4 Jun, 2008

 

Yes, the wiring up of those little trees and shrubs was intriguing and, of course, they made it look so easy, too. I've been given bonsai twice in the past as pressies, but wasn't at all good at caring for them. I thought I'd be well organised, went to the website first and take note of my "must sees" and conccentrate on those. It didn't work, lol.

4 Jun, 2008

 

The thing with bonsai is ...it's almost anti gardening...you put it out in the weather and that's it...I think it's cheating to water them, isn't it?

4 Jun, 2008

 

I like the twist on the pagoda concept! And those blue poppies are heavenly, I can see why you suggested them!

5 Aug, 2009

 

Yes, I noted the giant "leaf" shapes depicting a pagoda, too. Could be adapted to ornament a shed, or create an unusual garden arch/gate/entrance? Those poppies are "to die for", but can't have any - yet- as I can't fit them into any of my kids' garden themes. :-(

5 Aug, 2009

 

Well I WILL be having them!!
Or I'll scweam & I'll scweam & I'll make myself thick!

5 Aug, 2009

 

Awww, don't do that Tweety Pie, Daddy'll get you some, promise!

OMGoodness, this reminds me of Verruca Salt in C&tCF, - LOL!
PS. Don't make the rhubarb crumble, or you may well become "thick" !

:-)

5 Aug, 2009

 

No, it was Violet in"Just William"!

5 Aug, 2009

 

It was, originally, lol!

er if there's a "theme" there? We do, of course, have a Violet in Charlie and the Choc Factory. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm........................

5 Aug, 2009

 

Hmmmmmmmmmm! Wellllllllll, I dunno!

5 Aug, 2009

 

Neither do I, lol!

5 Aug, 2009

 

I just looked at the pic again,& noticed the standing stone in front of the Buddha. Nice touch!

5 Aug, 2009

 

Oh, forgot to say! Sanbaz has a very nice Buddha pic in her gallery. Found it just an hour or so ago - have a look!

Did you notice the charity website address on the plinth, too?

5 Aug, 2009

 

Yes, what is it in aid of?

6 Aug, 2009

 

gardeningleave.org is,unfortunately, very topical at this time. It is a charity aimed, not at City financial analysts who have been suspended on fully-paid "garden leave", but on helping the men and women of the armed forces, who, physically injured or not, may have been left mentally scarred by what they have seen/experienced in the field of combat (my own interpretation). Horticulture is a main route towards recovery (not a new one, by any means, but, I think, one which must, by niow, have been proven to work).

You can Google this one, of course. :-)

6 Aug, 2009

 

Hmmm! I get what you mean! Murray Royal Hospital has The Walled Garden, which is used to help lots of people. Some of our service users (horrible phrase) work there.

6 Aug, 2009



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