Gardening Scotland

This year we got to be old hands, as we’d gone to Gardening Scotland last year as new home owners and indeed new garden owners. This year however we knew how it all worked, we already had our handy hot pink pull trolley and our map of the events. We rock! (I was chuffed that this year we knew the name and details of some of the plants where as last year we felt a little bit conspicuous by our ignorance).

So here we are, just home, bright pink from our day in the gorgeous sunny weather and only down £22 on plants (last year we spend around £140). Success!!!!

We were up early, fortified with our bran flakes and in the car, ready to get a good parking space – because you don’t want to have to carry all your purchases for miles. So off we went.

Plan for today then, looking for something or ideas for filling out the shrubbery a little bit as it hadn’t spread the way we’d hoped. A wee jaunt around the craft area, cause we both like hand-made things and of course, get some tasty treats from the artisan food area.

Eli was also hatching a plan to get onto Beechgrove garden tonight as the show was to be from the Gardening Scotland event.

Sadly that didn’t work out as there was no sign of the Beechgrove folks. Eli was disappointed as she has an ongoing competition with Jim and his tomatoes.

Eli fell in love in the craft area. We discovered a stall where a woman was selling stuffed toys she makes, and she has a thing for hedgehogs. For those of you who have stumbled across this blog for the first time, the hedgehog is the mascot of our craft beer brewing. Eli has become quite obsessed with hedgehogs. So she bought a little handmade one, which I have to admit is actually – adorable.

We had a really good wander around all the display gardens and one that really caught our eye was by the Dry Stone Wall Association. It has really set me thinking about our front garden which is very flat. This one just had so much texture and depth to it. I’m wondering if something like this could be our project for next year and the front garden.

You need to be able to see the dry stone wall garden from above to be able to see the planting – it was a saltire. Very appropriate for the day.

stone dyke garden







There were some little gardens put together by local(ish) schools, mostly around themes and we saw an appropriate on we’d take a picture of.

This one was put together to the theme of global warming and our carbon footprints and to make it all the more special, it was from the high school my Dad attended – Bell Baxter High School.

Bell Baxter High School







There were also a few other gardens that we liked as well as some displays indoors.

Eli’s favourite of course was the display of veggies, all looking very perfect and very colourful and how on earth do they get them to stand up all perfect like that? Not a single funny shaped carrot in sight.

So what we’ve done is put together a little gallery of photos from the day for you to enjoy. You can see the amazing bonsai trees, the flowers, the veggies and all sorts more. Enjoy (we did)!



We are Kate and Eli and we love gardening, growing veggies and cooking.

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We are Kate and Eli and we love gardening, growing veggies and cooking.

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We are Kate and Eli and we love gardening, growing veggies and cooking.