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Where to walk this winter

Where to walk this winter

Monday 3 December, 2018
You can have all the mince pies you like* so long as you get out into a garden, any garden, your garden, or one of these. *within limits
Gardens worth exploring this winter

Gardens worth exploring this winter

Sunday 2 December, 2018
There's lots of magic to find in a garden in winter. The trunks of bare trees get a chance to show off their bark. Come and see what these gardens have to show off.
Plants for your Christmas wreath

Plants for your Christmas wreath

Saturday 1 December, 2018
Winter is well and truly here, and Christmas wreathes need to made. We've drawn together some of our favourite plants to include, for your front door decoration. Which is your favourite?
Plants for Christmas time

Plants for Christmas time

Saturday 1 December, 2018
Winter is well and truly here, and Christmas wreathes need to made. We've drawn together some of our favourite plants to include, for your front door decoration. Which is your favourite?
Gertrude Jekyll 175 years on

Gertrude Jekyll 175 years on

Monday 26 November, 2018
The 29th November 2018 marks the 175th anniversary of Gertrude Jekyll's birthday. She was a pioneering garden designer, among her many talents, and her influence can be seen in many of the gardens that open for Scotland's Gardens Scheme.
West Leas garden in October

West Leas garden in October

Wednesday 31 October, 2018
Another month, August has come to the West Leas Garden. We look at back to how it made the garden flourish in 2015.
Annual Guest Charity Grant - 2019 Application

Annual Guest Charity Grant - 2019 Application

Tuesday 2 October, 2018
Scotland's Gardens Scheme accepts annual guest charity grants. Apply now for the 2019 grant.
Gardens to visit in October

Gardens to visit in October

Monday 1 October, 2018
There is something extra special about visiting a garden in Autumn, perhaps it's the crisp cool air, or the extra effort required in pulling on some extra layers.
Gardens to visit this All Hallows Eve

Gardens to visit this All Hallows Eve

Monday 1 October, 2018
We think all our gardens are lovely, but with the right imagination every tree branch can look like a skeleton 's hands and every rustle of leaves is a witch's incantation.
Spooky plants you need this Halloween

Spooky plants you need this Halloween

Monday 1 October, 2018
Here's our top list of the spookiest plants you need this Halloween, nature can be a little trickster too!
Wonder at Scottish woodlands

Wonder at Scottish woodlands

Thursday 6 September, 2018
Autumn is the time to get out into woods, to see the colour change from crisp greens through subtle reds, oranges and browns. See red squirrels stash the remains of their harvests and listen to the birds enjoying the last of the summer warmth.
Charity Plant Sales in September

Charity Plant Sales in September

Monday 27 August, 2018
Roll up, roll up. Make way for some lovely new plants in your garden. September is great time to think ahead to next years garden, to stock up on plants, and handy tips, head to your nearest plant sale.
Organic gardens open in Autumn

Organic gardens open in Autumn

Monday 27 August, 2018
What herbs grow in your garden? This week we look at some lovely herbal gardens you can visit to inspire your own plot.
West Leas garden in August

West Leas garden in August

Monday 20 August, 2018
Another month, August has come to the West Leas Garden. We look at back to how it made the garden flourish in 2015.
Gardens & Health Week 2018

Gardens & Health Week 2018

Friday 17 August, 2018
Scotland's Gardens Scheme is delighted to be working with the National Garden Scheme on 'Gardens & Health' Week 2018 to promote the positive impact of gardening and garden visiting.
Aberdeen Garden Tour

Aberdeen Garden Tour

Monday 13 August, 2018
The gardens lovers of Fife take to the road to visit exquisite gardens in Aberdeen and Angus, most are open under the umbrella of Scotland's Gardens Scheme. It was an inspiring trip for all, and many came back with lots plants!
Flowers for the festival

Flowers for the festival

Saturday 4 August, 2018
Enjoying the capital city during the Fringe? Why not also enjoy some of Edinburgh's finest gardens too?
Allsorts of Allotments

Allsorts of Allotments

Thursday 2 August, 2018
Allotments are open this August, and they'd love you to pop on by.
Plants for the pollinators

Plants for the pollinators

Wednesday 1 August, 2018
The bees are buzzing in the trees, or at least they can be, here are some lovely plants than can be found in most Scottish gardens to help encourage bees and other pollinators.
Bank holiday in August

Bank holiday in August

Monday 30 July, 2018
The Scottish bank holiday is a perfect time to get out and see some gardens open across the long weekend, from walled gardens to coastal retreats, castle grounds to village gardens.
"Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside!"

"Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside!"

Monday 2 July, 2018
Scotland has some amazing coast line, and there are some fantastic coastal gardens that open for charity that you can visit.
West Leas garden in July

West Leas garden in July

Sunday 1 July, 2018
July in West Leas garden, we look to the orchard to see what is happening there!
Prancing through the peonies

Prancing through the peonies

Wednesday 20 June, 2018
On Saturday 16th June, visitors to Binny Plants, Edinburgh were in for a treat. Nurseryman and ‘peony-mad’ Billy Carruthers led a walk and talk around his site to raise money for Scotland’s Gardens Scheme.
National Insect Week: bugs and beasties

National Insect Week: bugs and beasties

Monday 18 June, 2018
National Insect Week, organised by e Royal Entomological Society, runs from 18 - 24 June. It encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects.
Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

Monday 18 June, 2018
When is the summer solstice and what does it mean for your garden?
Treat your dad this Father's Day

Treat your dad this Father's Day

Friday 8 June, 2018
Whether you're looking for a place to take your old man or trying to give the kids a hint, here's the definitive list of gardens to visit. All these gardens are running children's activities: for the little kids and for the bigger kids! *cough cough*
West Leas garden in June

West Leas garden in June

Friday 1 June, 2018
Summertime madness, the garden at West Leas is in full display in this months photos, with the luxious greens of the grass and the sweet scent of blossom.
A big thank you to all our volunteers

A big thank you to all our volunteers

Friday 1 June, 2018
Volunteers week runs from 1st - 7th June, and is a wonderful opportunity to take a minute to look back at all the wonderful things that have been by our volunteers in the past 80 odd years.
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

Monday 21 May, 2018
Looking forward to Summer around the corner, and the sweet smell as roses burst forth on arbours and in flower beds. What's your favourite?
Nettle and Wild Garlic Soups - let's be nice to nettles

Nettle and Wild Garlic Soups - let's be nice to nettles

Wednesday 16 May, 2018
Be nice to nettles week runs from 16th - 20th May, we're delighted to share this recipe from our trustee Trish to encourage you to let the odd nettle through in the garden!
Garden visiting in Scotland

Garden visiting in Scotland

Saturday 5 May, 2018
The notion of garden visiting has been around a good while, even from the point of view of the open garden scheme.
Six bee-neficial things you can do for bees in your garden!

Six bee-neficial things you can do for bees in your garden!

Tuesday 1 May, 2018
The 20th May is World Bee Day, so we've made a little list of six easy things you can do to make your garden more bee friendly!
The bluebell wood

The bluebell wood

Friday 20 April, 2018
Gardening doesn’t have to been large formal gardens, lots of green space and countryside views. Scotland’s Gardens Scheme is delighted to have so many wonderfully diverse urban gardens open for charity all across Scotland.
Greening our urban jungles

Greening our urban jungles

Monday 16 April, 2018
Gardening doesn’t have to been large formal gardens, lots of green space and countryside views. Scotland’s Gardens Scheme is delighted to have so many wonderfully diverse urban gardens open for charity all across Scotland.
Muddy hands and happy children

Muddy hands and happy children

Wednesday 11 April, 2018
Scotland's Gardens Scheme is thrilled to be celebrating VisitScotland's Year of Young People. Many of our garden openings will be hosting children's activities and we are also partnering with the Scottish Storytelling Centre for 'Growing Stories''.
Where to go this May bank holiday weekend?

Where to go this May bank holiday weekend?

Wednesday 11 April, 2018
A glorious bank holiday, and there are so many gardens to explore. Here's a list of what's open on the May bank holiday weekend, it's going to be a fabulous one for garden lovers!
West Leas garden in April

West Leas garden in April

Wednesday 4 April, 2018
Another month has flown by, and what a wild month March has been. We don't know whether we're coming or going, so it's nice to look back at pictures from the garden at West Leas, when April was actually Spring and didn't snow!
Charity Plant sales

Charity Plant sales

Wednesday 4 April, 2018
Who said money can't buy happiness? It can buy plants for your garden!
Spring equinox 2018

Spring equinox 2018

Tuesday 20 March, 2018
When is the spring equinox and what does it mean for our gardens?
International Day of Forests 2018

International Day of Forests 2018

Tuesday 20 March, 2018
What is the International Day of Forests? And how can we get involved?
Where to go this Mother's Day?

Where to go this Mother's Day?

Monday 5 March, 2018
Whether you're looking for a nice place to take your mother or searching for a place to make your mother's day that extra special, we've got something for you. Here are some lovely gardens open for charity this Mother's Day.
National Nest box week

National Nest box week

Friday 16 February, 2018
Scotland’s Gardens Scheme has teamed up with The Scottish International Storytelling Festival, to share the stories of our gardens. We will be co-hosting “Growing Stories”, fantastic storytelling events at our special gardens across Scotland in 2018.
West Leas, Roxburghshire

West Leas, Roxburghshire

Thursday 1 February, 2018
Follow our blog about the garden at West Leas, Bonchester Bridge, Roxburghshire. Each month we'll be taking a look at how the garden develops with some lovely pictures from Bernie Gajos.
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,
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
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