After three days of almost unbroken sunshine, Gardening Scotland 2014 came to an end in a shower of rain that created the perfect planting conditions for the many thousands of beautiful plants that were sold at this year’s Show.
Visitors who flocked to the Royal Highland Showground over the weekend voiced their approval for the new layout that saw the David Wilson Homes Show Garden Avenue move to a new location on the south side of the showground.
And it wasn’t just the layout that delighted the crowds, but also the 12 stunning Show Gardens and the exceptional Pallet Gardens which were packed with fun ideas.
Any of the beautiful displays in the New Hopetoun Gardens Floral Hall would have won the top award in previous years but Bloom 50 created by Beautiful Fife To mark 50 years of Britain in Bloom carried off the honours, with its restored Falkland farm cart, vintage Punch & Judy theatre and cabbages that were bigger than footballs.
Albert Bartlett were the new sponsors of the Cookery Theatre and this too was in a new location in a central position in the Floral Hall where it attracted record audiences, and the Big Back Garden was also on the move, setting out its stalls and picnic tables right next to the Floral Hall.
Saturday’s audience enjoyed the foot-stomping rhythms of The Red Hot Chilli Pipers and live music of all kinds created a country fair atmosphere from the very start of the show.
For three days visitors came to admire the gardens, quiz the experts from the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society and the RHS, listen to tales of gardeners past and present in the new Story Tent, eat ice creams and carry off thousands of beautiful flowers for their own gardens.
Now the countdown starts to Gardening Scotland 2015 and in nurseries across the UK, leading growers are already tending to the plants that they will bring to next year’s show.
Gardening Scotland 2015 will take place from Friday, 29 to Sunday, 31 May 2015 and tickets will go on sale in November.