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The musings of a plant fanatic

The musings of a plant fanatic

Tuesday 10 January, 2023
In this blog I’m going to have a go at describing a number of plants which I’ve grown in my time in Scotland’s west, mostly outsiders but occasionally insiders, for which I’ve had to go a little further than the local garden centre.
Snowdrops and Winter Walks

Snowdrops and Winter Walks

Saturday 7 January, 2023
We are delighted to announce nineteen gardens that will open with SGS in 2022 for Snowdrops and Winter Walks to raise money for charity. Make sure to visit them!
My Scottish Wild Garden: Mid-Winter

My Scottish Wild Garden: Mid-Winter

Wednesday 4 January, 2023
I am the grateful and proud custodian of my wild garden consisting of 12 acres which is now 20 years old, a youngster really! It has everything a wild natural haven may need.
Delicious recipe from Hospitalfield Head Chef

Delicious recipe from Hospitalfield Head Chef

Wednesday 30 November, 2022
Pickled radicchio, feta and toasted walnuts recipe from Hospitalfield Head Chef Elaine Chalmers.
My Scottish Wild Garden - Early Winter

My Scottish Wild Garden - Early Winter

Tuesday 22 November, 2022
I am the grateful and proud custodian of my wild garden consisting of 12 acres which is now 20 years old, a youngster really! It has everything a wild natural haven may need.
Photography Competition

Photography Competition

Monday 21 November, 2022
New for 2022, to celebrate Visit Scotland’s Year of Stories, we invited you to share the stories of your garden visits and open days through the year by entering our first ever photography competition!
My Scottish Wild Garden - Welcome

My Scottish Wild Garden - Welcome

Tuesday 1 November, 2022
I am the grateful and proud custodian of my wild garden consisting of 12 acres which is now 20 years old, a youngster really! It has everything a wild natural haven may need.
2022 Conference

2022 Conference

Tuesday 4 October, 2022
Scotland's Gardens Scheme 2022 Conference took place on 27 September at Blair Castle.
Spiced Apple and Pear Chutney Recipe.

Spiced Apple and Pear Chutney Recipe.

Saturday 1 October, 2022
Making chutney is a great way of storing a seasonal glut of fruit and veg to enjoy in the colder months. This recipe is easy to follow even for beginners.
How to propagate from cuttings

How to propagate from cuttings

Friday 30 September, 2022
In this short video tutorial Penny Wright demonstrates how to propagate from cuttings.
How To Save Seeds

How To Save Seeds

Friday 30 September, 2022
In this short video tutorial Penny Wright demonstrates how to save and store seeds collected from plants growing in your garden.
Spring Bling

Spring Bling

Monday 5 September, 2022
With a little careful thought when choosing your bulbs, you can also provide a vital early spring lifeline to insects.
Visit Corners House in Gattonside

Visit Corners House in Gattonside

Wednesday 22 June, 2022
'In my most difficult times gardening has been my solace. In 1999 and 2001, my eldest grandsons were born. Both have Fragile X Syndrome.'
Get away to a garden

Get away to a garden

Wednesday 15 June, 2022
Going on holiday or planning a road trip in July or August? There’s almost certainly a garden to visit on the way.
West Linton Gardens 2022

West Linton Gardens 2022

Wednesday 1 June, 2022
A varied selection of gardens, approximately 1,000 feet above sea level, with acidic soil, high rainfall and low winter temperatures.
Corsock House Gardens 70th Platinum Jubilee

Corsock House Gardens 70th Platinum Jubilee

Friday 27 May, 2022
Corsock House is celebrating its own platinum jubilee this year as it opens for charity for the 70th time.
Pittenweem village trail on Sunday 12 June

Pittenweem village trail on Sunday 12 June

Thursday 26 May, 2022
A variety of gardens of Pittenweem, a picturesque fishing village in the East Neuk of Fife, will open their gates to the public to raise money for charities.
Behind the scenes of McLaren's Nursery - guided tour

Behind the scenes of McLaren's Nursery - guided tour

Wednesday 18 May, 2022
Ticketed event for a small group of 30 - book your ticket today.
The Western Isles Are Calling

The Western Isles Are Calling

Thursday 12 May, 2022
The Glasgow Garden Walks Group are a group of retirees who travel Scotland in their minivan, staying in hostels and exploring the many, beautiful gardens of Scotland.
See wildflowers in May at The Steading

See wildflowers in May at The Steading

Wednesday 11 May, 2022
Wildflowers are particularly important to our bees, butterflies and other pollinators with food sources through a long season, as well as providing our landscape with such beauty.
A trio of East Lothian Gardens

A trio of East Lothian Gardens

Tuesday 10 May, 2022
Water, water everywhere

Water, water everywhere

Thursday 5 May, 2022
Designing a garden in challenging conditions

Designing a garden in challenging conditions

Thursday 5 May, 2022
In this short series Caroline demonstrates how she makes the most of a difficult garden...
New Chairman Announced

New Chairman Announced

Thursday 21 April, 2022
Announcement of new Chairman Dougal Philip who has taken over from David Mitchell.
My Garden Open Day - Snowdrops at Cleghorn, Lanarkshire

My Garden Open Day - Snowdrops at Cleghorn, Lanarkshire

Thursday 31 March, 2022
We were delighted to hear from Mrs Nicky Eliott Lockhart, telling us about her February snowdrop open day at Cleghorn.
Recycle, as nature would!

Recycle, as nature would!

Tuesday 15 March, 2022
Repurposing materials to use in the garden can save money, and is lighter on the planet.
Visitor Survey

Visitor Survey

Thursday 3 March, 2022
We’d like to learn a bit more about our garden visitors. Please take a moment to answer a few questions about your experience with Scotland's Gardens Scheme.
Rhubarb Recipe

Rhubarb Recipe

Thursday 24 February, 2022
Try this rhubarb recipe tried and tested by garden owners at 101 Greenbank Crescent in Edinburgh
Gardens to visit in March across Scotland (including Mother’s Day destinations)

Gardens to visit in March across Scotland (including Mother’s Day destinations)

Thursday 17 February, 2022
We reveal outdoor places for garden lovers to visit in March in Scotland (including Mother's Day destinations)
Be dazzled by colour in Fife

Be dazzled by colour in Fife

Wednesday 16 February, 2022
For £20, you can buy a season ticket that gives entry, with one guest, to Willowhill Garden on as many as 18 open days in 2022. The ticket comes with a 35-page booklet.