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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Gardening Scotland 2013

One of the biggest Gardening Shows in Scotland starts on Friday at Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh. Gardening Scotland. The Chelsea of the North, starts just a week after the RHS Chelsea flower show ended.

As the build up commences, teams of  gardeners,  landscapers and designers are hard at work making the final preparations as they change the grassland into amazing show gardens that will look as if they have been there in that position for year.

Throughout the UK nurseries are making sure their plants are looking perfect so they boost into bloom at just the right time, whether that is forcing them to bloom early or holding them back to bloom late. The poor spring this year will play havoc with their plans. We all saw that at Chelsea with many plants that should have been in bloom or trees that should have been in leaf all several weeks behind.

As well as the professionals Gardening Scotland also plays host to hundreds of amateur growers, including school children, small gardening clubs as well as members of the many specialist plant societies, are putting the final touches to their exhibits.

As with  the big shows South of the Border, it takes many months of planning and preparation by the exhibitors, designers and organisers to put on a show that lasts for just three days, however Gardening Scotland has been taking place for well over a 10 years and so many of the exhibitors have had plenty of practice. Many of them have also just returned from Chelsea, amongst them is Binny Plants who are presenting their largest stand ever at Gardening Scotland. Their planned 10 metre square stand in the Floral Hall will feature a stream and path leading to the cut flower peony display including lots of old favourites as well as a few new varieties like Salvia Madeline. They will be hoping to go one step better than their Silver Gilt medal at Chelsea.
Binny Plants Silver-Gilt peony display at RHS Chelsea
A sneak peak at the Binny Plants Display in the Floral Hall
If you are making the trip to see the show then we would suggest making a long weekend of it, as there are so many other things to see and do in Edinburgh. Holiday Inn have two conveniently located hotels in Edinburgh and Edinburgh City West. If you want to make a full botanic weekend of it then why not visit the botanic gardens?

The 2013 Show will take place from Friday 31st May until Sunday 2nd June at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh. Tickets are available here priced £12/£14.



Have a great show!

DG

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