This year Gardens Galore visited the 2013 Gardening Scotland show which celebrates Scotland’s thriving gardening and outdoor living industry. The show covers a variety of elements including new and exciting gardening trends, informative and interesting talks, practical workshops and of course, thousands of plants and flowers for you to learn about and purchase.
The show is fantastic as it brings garden enthusiasts, designers, suppliers and professionals in the field together into once space and creates an unbeatable atmosphere. This year, Gardening Scotland was busier than we’ve ever seen it and had so much to offer – we found it difficult to fit everything into one day!
We spent a large portion of the day outside visiting the various stalls and couldn’t help but take hundreds of photos of the beautiful show gardens, it helped that the weather was in our favour. After a spot of lunch (a tasty local Aberdeen Angus burger I might add) we headed inside to soak up some of the atmosphere in the Floral Hall where we were completely transfixed by the Bonsai Tree competition winners and we also had the chance to sit in on some fantastic talks and workshops.
We’ve highlighted some of our activity from the day and look out for some more blog posts over the week for bits and bobs we’ve learnt from the show.
Hanging Basket Workshop
We sat in on a delightful hanging basket workshop presented by Thomas Hartbridge from the Royal Horticultural Society. Thomas has a huge amount of experience and has been presenting at the show for a number of years, he’s also very funny and really engages well with the audience. Thomas efficiently showed the audience how you can quickly and easily make an attractive and healthy hanging basket for your garden. Why don't you check out our tips on creating a simple hanging basket.
Scottish Food Guide Presents
Wendy Barrie from the Scottish Food Guide managed to cook up three scrumptious meals in 30 minutes. The Scottish Food Guide is a celebration of Scottish produce and Wendy is a leading contributor to the Scottish food scene. To cook the three meals she took inspiration from her Swedish husband and reworked Nordic recipes using local Scottish produce. Think freshly minced beef, sirloin steak, and a lovely little Swedish salad platter, plus a recipe for the easiest, yummiest salad dressing ever!
Let’s Get Passionate About Pots
Before heading off to put some of our new gardening knowledge into practice we popped into a talk at the RHS Gardening Theatre. We can honestly say that after listening to the talk, we’re definitely more passionate about pots! This talk gave us some great inspiration for the various types of gardens we work with and how you can use pots to modernise or even traditionalise a garden. Don't forget to check out our blog post on getting passionate about pots.
We’ll definitely look to incorporate what we learnt at this talk into our future garden designs, especially for those gardens without a lot of planting space like ones we’ve worked on in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Along with everything we learnt throughout the day we thoroughly enjoyed the Bonsai Tree and Floral Art exhibitions which gave us some great brainwaves for future garden designs.
Finally it was great to be able to speak to likeminded gardening suppliers and companies; we had a lovely chat with the ladies from Brightwater Holidays who offer bespoke holidays for garden and horticulture enthusiasts. They mentioned that they are “delighted to be sponsoring the Rock Garden Club at Gardening Scotland 2013 (who are celebrating their 80th birthday this year) and are thoroughly enjoying the event and atmosphere having had huge amounts of positive interest and enquires”.
Did you visit Gardening Scotland this year? Get in touch with what you enjoyed from the show; we’d love to hear from you! Don't forget to check out our video from our visit to Gardening Scotland 2013.