Gardening Scotland was set up in 1999 by a group of volunteers passionate about the art and science of growing plants.
Established as a charity (Registered in Scotland: SCO30353), the intention was simply to encourage others to make the most of the green spaces around them, whether a window box, allotment or garden and to inspire a new generation to become involved in gardening.
One of the great benefits of gardening and horticultural activities is the opportunity to switch off from everyday distractions and to develop a deeper connection with nature through tending to our gardens. This improves our sense of wellbeing and is more important than ever as technological advances mean many of us are living fast-paced and often stressful lives.
And the sheer pleasure of admiring a planter full of flowers in an urban setting should not be overlooked. The range of colour and texture that is possible to bring into our lives lifts up the spirits of all who pass by.
We aim through the weekend event, to give as many people as possible the opportunity to learn about gardening both for their benefit as well as the wider public who can discover, share and enjoy the simple delight of a well-tended garden or green-space.
We care deeply about enabling others to participate in and enjoy the benefits of gardens and gardening. Every year we support a number of projects through our Small Grants Programme. The grants are funded through income generated by the event and those who have benefited from our support include:
The Hidden Gardens Trust
Aberlour Childcare Trust
Trellis (Scottish Therapeutic Gardening Network)
Scottish Gardeners’ Forum
Pathways Adult Support Services
Scottish Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (SAFAS)
Scottish Women’s Institute (SWI)
The event is the focal point for a number of important competitions in the horticultural calendar encouraging learning and participation amongst children, young people and those in further education. From nursery school children to young horticultural apprentices our aim is to nurture the next generation of enthusiastic practitioners through initiatives such as our Pallet Garden Competition.
Pallet Garden Competition
Our own Pallet Garden competition is organised in partnership with the Scottish Gardeners’ Forum and is open to a range of groups including nursery, primary and secondary schools. The competition tasks school children to design and create a small garden (1m squared) for installation at the event where it will be judged by a panel of experts. It’s a great opportunity for outdoor learning and cuts across a range of school subjects in support of the Scottish Government’s Curriculum for Excellence.
With over 20 schools competing and the majority of entrants coming from nursery and primary schools we feel confident a new generation of young horticulturalists is being nurtured.
Show Gardens designed and created by horticultural students.
Gardening Scotland provides a significant showcase opportunity for horticultural students attending college to demonstrate their skills and learning in the creation of a Show Garden, the focal part of their academic year.
Every year we nominate one charity to be our partner at the event. This creates exciting opportunities for the charity partner to raise awareness about their work and to raise money.