Friday, 30 May 2008

Scottish Gardening Show

This morning at 10am the gates open at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh for Gardening Scotland 2008. This garden show runs for three days ending at 5pm on Sunday with the sell-off of plants at 4pm on Sunday – a fun time to be there!


This is the main gardening show for Scotland and this year will have 14 Show Gardens. Each year it grows a little bit more but all the favourites are still there too including the television programme team of the Beechgrove Garden which record live question and answer sessions for radio as well as covering other topics in the special marquee.

However, it is the plants and planting combinations that I go to see and the meconopsis above was bought during part of a sell-off on a display a few years ago. Sometimes you can reserve plants and are given a raffle ticket for collecting it – this is what I did with mine.

The RSPB and other organisations will be there too – it is a good day out. I love to see everyone laden with carrier bags or crate baskets of plants. There will be a wide range of visitors at the show from people like me looking for something a bit different and the new gardeners that are in search of inspiration and advice.

Have fun if you are going. I wish you a great time and hope that the weather is kind to you! I am hoping to fit in a visit this weekend myself but clothes shopping for a ball gown for my daughter’s Leaver’s Ball needs to be successful first! The boys have it easy hiring kilts! I cannot believe she is about to leave school – where does the time go?

The photo above was taken in my garden on May 30th 2008.

5 comments:

titania said...

Have a nice time, I love gardening shows. I hope you have sunny days. Here it rains, very stormy and wet!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I hope you had a good time shopping for a ball gown for your daughter. The time does fly especially when you have children that are growing up.

I wish I could go to the Garden show with you. It would be great fun. You will have to tell us all about it. I can't wait to see what kind of plants you bring home.

shirl said...

Hi again titania and Lisa:-)

titania - Thank-you, we did although we also managed to arrive with the rain after a great weekend. It has been nice since so we can’t complain. I have some video footage from the marquees but I couldn’t use my camera outside for the show gardens at all. Hope it is nice with you now. Have a great weekend :-D

Lisa - Thank-you we did and a successful one too! Her dress is quite elegant. This ball is like the proms you have in America. Here many boys will be hiring kilts. School is over for her the day after. In September she will head to Uni and will be leaving home. The time does fly by! What a lovely thought to go to a garden show with you. It would be fun. For the moment I will just have to share the part of my visit that was indoors. I will need to look at my video footage and post it for you. Oh.. yes I did bring back a couple of plants too!! Have a great weekend :-D

Barbara said...

I'm sure you were successful finding a lovely ball dress for your daughter. Next year we're planning to visit again Scotland and hopefully I'll have the possibility to visit a gardening show then. If not, there are still so many beautiful gardens to see!
Have a nice Sunday!
Barbara

shirl said...

Hi again Barbara :-)

Sorry I have been so slow to reply :-)

Thankfully we did find a dress on that trip. The ball was two nights ago and she looked lovely for it :-D

Great to hear you will return to Scotland. The main Show for Scotland is the one mentioned in this post which is usually at the very beginning of June. But yes, there are many lovely gardens you could visit. Funnily enough today Yolanda at Bliss is travelling to Scotland for a garden tour. You may be interested in seeing the gardens she is to visit on her posting ‘A Highland Fling’. I am looking forward to seeing her postings when she returns as I have only seen two of the gardens she will visit myself!

Enjoy the rest of your week :-D