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Portrack, The Garden of Cosmic Speculation 2018 opening date

Portrack, The Garden of Cosmic Speculation 2018 opening date

Thursday 11 January, 2018
We are delighted to be able to announce that The Garden of Cosmic Speculation will open on Sunday 6th May, 2018. Tickets will be released on Thursday 1st February, 2018. Details of how to purchase …
Scottish Snowdrop Festival 2018

Scottish Snowdrop Festival 2018

Wednesday 10 January, 2018
Scotland’s Gardens Scheme, Discover Scottish Gardens and VisitScotland work together to support the popular Scottish Snowdrop Festival...
Celebrating the Year of Young People 2018

Celebrating the Year of Young People 2018

Wednesday 10 January, 2018
Scotland’s Gardens Scheme is thrilled to be celebrating Visit Scotland's 'Year of Young People' in 2018. Here are just some of the gardens hosting children's activities...
Did someone say walkies?

Did someone say walkies?

Wednesday 10 January, 2018
200 unique gardens to visit, perfect for you and your favourite four legged friend.
A garden owner's musing on snowdrops

A garden owner's musing on snowdrops

Tuesday 9 January, 2018
Helen Rushton, of Bruckhills Croft,
Through the Garden Gate - November

Through the Garden Gate - November

Tuesday 14 November, 2017
The Garden Gate. Well the clocks have changed and I have just returned from a walk, with four paws in tow, on a fine frosty morning taking time to enjoy the trees in their almost naked splendour ...
Autumnal delight - pumpkin bread recipe

Autumnal delight - pumpkin bread recipe

Tuesday 7 November, 2017
This July we're showcasing a the perfect recipe for your Summer berries: Blackcurrant jellies
The 2018 opening of The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

The 2018 opening of The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

Tuesday 10 October, 2017
We are delighted to be able to announce that The Garden of Cosmic Speculation will open on Sunday 6th May, 2018. Tickets will be released on Thursday 1st February, 2018. Details of how to purchase …
A message from our Sponsor

A message from our Sponsor

Friday 29 September, 2017
Delivering an out of the ordinary investment management service Investec Wealth & Investment (IW&I) is delighted to be fully supporting Scotland’s Gardens Scheme.
The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay visit Netherthird Community Garden

The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay visit Netherthird Community Garden

Friday 8 September, 2017
The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay helped residents and school children from an ex-mining town in Ayrshire celebrate the grass roots success of their popular, local community garden, during a very
East Lothian Garden Trail 2017

East Lothian Garden Trail 2017

Monday 24 July, 2017
Running over the last week of June (28 June - 2 July), the East Lothian Garden Trail provides an opportunity to see twelve magnificent spacious gardens and well tended allotments in close …
Dinner party delicacies - Blackcurrant jellies

Dinner party delicacies - Blackcurrant jellies

Saturday 15 July, 2017
This July we're showcasing a the perfect recipe for your Summer berries: Blackcurrant jellies
Through the Garden Gate in July

Through the Garden Gate in July

Sunday 2 July, 2017
Good Evening all, I trust this newsletter finds both you and your gardens in good health having survived the unseasonal ravages of desert heat in late May through into June; something, which was
Update from Mr Lowry

Update from Mr Lowry

Wednesday 28 June, 2017
Well readers what a blistering hot spell that has been, I don’t know about you but I am glad it is over. I was knackered just hiding in the shade, lying on the cold paving, I even got a nice …
Queen's Nurses Promoting Health & Wellbeing in Scottish Communities

Queen's Nurses Promoting Health & Wellbeing in Scottish Communities

Tuesday 27 June, 2017
When a group of 20 outstanding community nurses met back in Fife in February for a week-long residential organised by the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS), few of them would have
Mr Lowry's visit to Clayfolds, Kincardineshire, 25 June 2017

Mr Lowry's visit to Clayfolds, Kincardineshire, 25 June 2017

Tuesday 27 June, 2017
I love this time of year around mid summer; long days, nice early mornings - up with the lark shaking ‘The Team’ out of bed, for my early morning walk! Hee, hee, that keeps them on …
Meet the garden owner

Meet the garden owner

Saturday 24 June, 2017
The Colinton gardens, Edinburgh threw open their garden gates on the 2nd July. These three gardens raised a fantastic sum, £2902, thanks to about 400 visitors! We caught up with Michael and …
Fife Garden Trail 2017

Fife Garden Trail 2017

Saturday 24 June, 2017
Running over late June and early July, the Fife Garden Trail provides an opportunity to see nine privately owned gardens five of which have never or rarely admitted visitors before. It also …
Record Amount Raised for Charity in 2016

Record Amount Raised for Charity in 2016

Monday 22 May, 2017
There seems to be a pattern emerging in Scotland of springs being cold and wet. After the disappointing start to our season in 2015 we fared little better in 2016. Our snowdrop openings were
Orkney Garden Festival 2017

Orkney Garden Festival 2017

Wednesday 17 May, 2017
The Gardeners of Orkney have will be holding a Garden Festival Trail over the weekends of 17/18 June and 24/25 June. Thirty-four gardens will throw open their doors across Orkney, Kirkwall and …
60% to Nominated Charities starting 2018

60% to Nominated Charities starting 2018

Tuesday 16 May, 2017
During this past year's review of our charity, a very clear message came from our community of Garden Openers and Volunteers of their strong commitment to their own nominated charities. Some 225
Our Vision and Purpose Renewed

Our Vision and Purpose Renewed

Tuesday 16 May, 2017
2016 was an amazing year of reflection and vision and has set the foundation for some very positive change and growth at Scotland’s Gardens (Scheme). At the 2016 Conference, we invited ...
What's in a Name?

What's in a Name?

Monday 15 May, 2017
Well apparently quite a lot is in our original name - Scotland's Gardens Scheme. Despite our name change to Scotland's Gardens several years ago, we are still know as "the Scheme".
Welcome to our new Chairman, David Mitchell

Welcome to our new Chairman, David Mitchell

Wednesday 10 May, 2017
Good morning all and welcome to this new regular column in your newsletter from the Chairman. Having worked with Scotland’s Garden Scheme for over ten years now I am both delighted and …
Mr Lowry's visit to Portrack, Garden of Cosmic Speculation, 30th April 2017

Mr Lowry's visit to Portrack, Garden of Cosmic Speculation, 30th April 2017

Tuesday 9 May, 2017
Ka-boom, Zoom and Wham we arrived! Not on the other side of the universe as I first thought was going to happen but having travelled through the hills via Elvanfoot and Durisdeer we were in an …
Rhododendron Festival 2017

Rhododendron Festival 2017

Friday 5 May, 2017
The Scottish Rhododendron Festival 2017 is organised by Discover Scottish Gardens where you will find details of the event. The Festival is supported by VisitScotland and full …
Mr Lowry's visit to Megginch Castle, Perthshire, Easter Day

Mr Lowry's visit to Megginch Castle, Perthshire, Easter Day

Wednesday 19 April, 2017
Easter Sunday hopefully a day of rest and recuperation for me after all yesterdays hard work in the garden helping the ‘Team’ with the weeding, pruning, planting and mulching. You know …
‘Winton Castle’ Invites Visitors to its Family Open Day

‘Winton Castle’ Invites Visitors to its Family Open Day

Thursday 30 March, 2017
Winton Castle, formerly Winton House, is opening its gardens and doors for its Family Open Day on Sunday 9th April (12-4.30 pm), when it will be raising funds for Marie Curie and Scotland’s …
Snowdrop Festival 2017

Snowdrop Festival 2017

Thursday 16 March, 2017
The Scottish Snowdrop Festival 2017 is organised by Discover Scottish Gardens where you will find details of the event. The Festival is supported by VisitScotland and full listings can be …
Mr Lowry's visit to Lawton House, Angus, 12th March

Mr Lowry's visit to Lawton House, Angus, 12th March

Tuesday 14 March, 2017
Lawton House, Angus & Dundee. East of Scotland. Snowdrop Festival. Sunday 12th March 2017. Aah! Sunday morning, long lie in, big stretch, oooohhh, oohhmmnnnnn. Hang on, ‘The
Mr Lowry's visit to Kailzie Gardens, Peebles, 26th February

Mr Lowry's visit to Kailzie Gardens, Peebles, 26th February

Tuesday 28 February, 2017
Into the car again! I love it, but wonder where we are going this time? They, my owners David and Kate never really tell me you know, yes they chatter and try to include me, but sadly I don’t …
Portrack House 2017 Opening Date

Portrack House 2017 Opening Date

Monday 23 January, 2017
We are delighted to announce that Portrack House will be open for Scotland’s Gardens on Sunday 30 April 2017 from 11am-5pm. This is …
Video of Little Broich, Kippen, Stirlingshire

Video of Little Broich, Kippen, Stirlingshire

Tuesday 27 September, 2016
Little Broich, Kippen, Stirlingshire: open Sunday 2 October, 2pm - 5pm. Little Broich from Peter Keith on Vimeo.
Huntly Cot Video

Huntly Cot Video

Monday 26 September, 2016
A short video of the open day at Huntly Cot gardens in 2016.
Annual Accounts 2015

Annual Accounts 2015

Wednesday 20 July, 2016
A copy of Scotland's Gardens full accounts to 31 December 2015 is available to download here.
SG Gardens Honoured with RCHS Awards

SG Gardens Honoured with RCHS Awards

Thursday 30 June, 2016
We are delighted to congratulate two individuals who have been received awards from the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society (RCHS) this week. Lady Catherine Erskine, of Cambo House, is a Scotland' …
Family Activities for 2016

Family Activities for 2016

Thursday 30 June, 2016
Get the whole family outdoors during the school holidays!Our gardens for 2016 include a wonderful range of walks, wildlife and homemade teas, but here are a selection which have child- …
Traprain Garden Circle

Traprain Garden Circle

Wednesday 22 June, 2016
Three distinctly different gardens, two of which have never previously opened, in rural East Lothian. Follow the unfolding of late spring and early summer in each garden on three afternoons over …
Obituary:  Sir Robin Bt (Edinburgh) St Clair-Ford

Obituary: Sir Robin Bt (Edinburgh) St Clair-Ford

Monday 23 May, 2016
We have been informed that Robin St. Clair-Ford died last week; his funeral will take place on Friday 3 June. Robin was a former Director of Scotland’s Gardens Scheme; he was employed from 1983 …
Portrack House Announces 2016 Dates

Portrack House Announces 2016 Dates

Monday 9 May, 2016
PORTRACK HOUSE (THE GARDEN OF COSMIC SPECULATION) We are delighted to announce that Portrack House will be open for Scotland’s Gardens on Sunday 1 May 2016 from 12pm-5pm.
Peeblesshire Garden Trio

Peeblesshire Garden Trio

Tuesday 5 April, 2016
This superb trio of gardens will give you a taste of the wide variety of garden styles in the Peeblesshire area. See them develop from May to August with a season ticket, or spend a fabulous …
Snowdrop Festival 2016

Snowdrop Festival 2016

Wednesday 23 March, 2016
In association with VisitScotland and Cambo Estate, the 2016 Scottish Snowdrop Festival will run from 30 January to 13 March. With over 60 venues taking part, many of which are free …
National Organiser Appointed

National Organiser Appointed

Friday 29 January, 2016
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Terrill Dobson as our New National Organiser. Her part-time role will involve acting as liaison between Scotland's Gardens network of volunteers, …
Glasgow's Summer Celebration

Glasgow's Summer Celebration

Tuesday 13 October, 2015
David Mitchell our Deputy Chairman in full flow as he gave a speech at Glasgow & District's Summer Celebration in August. It was a beautiful sun filled day and all who came enjoyed the wonderful …
National Organiser Vacancy

National Organiser Vacancy

Tuesday 8 September, 2015
THE CLOSING DATE HAS PASSED FOR THIS POSITION. Scotland's Gardens Trustees wish to appoint a National Organiser to oversee the Head Office and to facilitate the relationship between Head Office
Orkney Trail featured on The Beechgrove Garden

Orkney Trail featured on The Beechgrove Garden

Tuesday 18 August, 2015
Two beautiful gardens from the Orkney Garden Trail have been featured on the Beechgrove Garden this August. The programs are scheduled for Thursday the 6 & 13 August and you can also catch them …
Angus & Fife Garden Trail 2015

Angus & Fife Garden Trail 2015

Thursday 13 August, 2015
Scotland’s Gardens is introducing an exciting new venture into their 2015 programme – The Angus and Fife Garden Trail. Following the fantastic success of the Fife Garden Trail in 2015 …
Office Move

Office Move

Friday 24 April, 2015
We have moved offices. But not too far. Along the same street, in fact. Our new address is 23 Castle Street, Edinburgh EH2 3DN. All other contact details remain the same.
Conference News 2015

Conference News 2015

Friday 24 April, 2015
Scotland's Gardens annual conference was held on 13 April 2015 at the EICC. Mark Hedderwick, Chairman, spoke about some recent developments: This time last year I referred to 2013 as something of a …
SKY TV'S "SHOW ME YOUR GARDEN"

SKY TV'S "SHOW ME YOUR GARDEN"

Tuesday 17 February, 2015
Congratulations to Margaret Gimblett for winning the Scottish section of Sky Television's "Show me Your Garden"! Margaret's glorious garden is at Croftcat Lodge, Grandtully, Perthshire and is …