Island Gardens – havens of beauty around the British Isles

ISLAND GARDENS HAVENS OF BEAUTY AROUND THE BRITISH ISLES Jackie Bennett Photography by Richard Hanson White Lion Publishing | September 2018 £25.00 | Hardback The British Isles consists of more than 6,000 islands scattered around the main islands of Britain and Ireland. More than 100 of these British off-shore islands are inhabited – and where […]

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Scotland’s first Tree Festival takes root

The wonderfully diverse world of trees is about to be celebrated for the first time, as the inaugural Scottish Tree Festival launches this month. Organised by national garden tourism groupDiscover Scottish Gardens and supported by VisitScotland, the Festival will run from 29 September to 2 December. Over 70 tree events will take place across the […]

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Logan’s “Filo Pastry Tree” in running for top title

A tree growing at Logan Botanic Garden, near Stranraer, and nicknamed the “Filo Pastry Tree’’ because of its amazing peeling bark, has just won through to the final of a top competition. It was a casual remark by a Stranraer Academy pupil that led to one of the Garden’s most unusual specimens, the Polylepis australis, […]

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Gordon Castle Walled Garden Launches Campaign to Urge Florists to Buy Local

Scottish Walled Garden Launches Campaign to Urge Florists to Buy Local Gordon Castle Walled Garden in Fochabers has launched its #flowersforthefuture campaign to encourage Scottish florists to buy from local flower growers. Britain may be passionate about the seasonality and the locality of its food but when it comes to flowers, the majority don’t bat […]

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Discover a garden near you

Our brand-new map of Scotland has launched to help you discover the beautiful and varied gardens this country has to offer. Be inspired by Scotland’s breathtaking scenery and learn more about our diverse climate and plant collections that thrive here as you embark on your garden journey. From the Highlands in the north to the […]

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The glory of gardening – Kilbryde Castle

Kilbryde Castle hosting Discover Scottish Gardens AGM 26 September 2018. “The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.” Alfred Austin, Author. Most gardening enthusiasts will relate to this passion shared by our former Poet […]

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Scotland in bloom as Rhododendron Festival returns

The wonderfully diverse world of the rhododendron is about to be celebrated with the Scottish Rhododendron Festival which returns for its fourth year. Flowering across the country from 1 April to 31 May 2018, the Festival comprises of more than 90 events displaying swathes of colour in gardens, estates and woodlands nationwide. Thirty-one new venues […]

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A snowdrop love affair: how it all began

By Helen Rushton of Bruckhills Croft, Aberdeenshire At Bruckhills Croft in Aberdeenshire, you won’t find acres of common snowdrops nodding romantically in the breeze, but you may find snowdrops you have never come across before. We have been collecting snowdrops for quite a few years now; it all began when we found a patch of […]

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Visitor Numbers Grow at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh attracts its biggest numbers since the 1930s The opportunity to see new, unusual plantings from around the world and fine weather during spring last year helped to attract over one million visitors to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) and its three Regional Gardens. In 2017, the flagship Edinburgh Garden attracted […]

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Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards 2017

We are delighted to announce that 2 of our members have won an award at the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards 2017 on Friday 3 November. Dan Rose-Bristow – The Torridon Hotel: We are very proud to have won Most Hospitable Hotel at the HITA 2017 on Friday last week. Great for the Torridon team […]

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From towering pines to ancient oaks, Scotland is home to remarkable woodland and from 28 September until 1 December the Scottish Tree Festival will be celebrating this living heritage in all its autumn colours. This year the annual festival, which is organised by Discover Scottish Gardens will shine a light on some of the trees […]

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