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.