Good times in the garden this summer start with a visit to Gardening Scotland 2019. The national festival of flowers is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary and to mark two decades of bringing plants, design ideas, new products and expert advice to gardeners in Scotland, this year’s show will have a garden party theme.

The centrepiece will be an amazing entertaining space with an Italian glass cocktail bar, a fully-functioning outdoor kitchen and a Secret Gin Garden, serving up freshly-mixed Gardening Scotland cocktails.

The outdoor party space has been designed by garden designer Lynn Hill, working with the CED Stone Group, and it’s her third show garden for Gardening Scotland.

“Plants are a vital part of the garden, but we want to show that gardens are also places to have fun, so we’ve mixed rustic elements such as Caithness stone with Santiago porcelain paving, which is very modern,” says Lynn.

“The glass cocktail bar has been made by Rosso Dotto, the kitchen is by Grillo and the backdrop is made from corten steel screens with floral cut-outs.”

At the entrance to the garden there will be a vortex in slate, created by renowned Scottish sculptor, James Parker.

The garden will be built with assistance from Root One East, GM Land Solutions and Endrick Landscapes, BALI and  Ashlea.

As well as Gardening Scotland cocktails, The Secret Gin Garden, created by Edinburgh nursery, The Secret Herb Garden, will also be serving up its range of amazing, colour-changing Old Curiosity gins, including flavours such as Apothecary Rose and Lavender & Echinacea, made with botanicals grown at it’s nursery just outside of Edinburgh.

Martin Dare, organiser, Gardening Scotland, says: “For 20 years the show has been bringing Scottish gardeners the very best of plants, expert advice, design ideas and products for their gardens. Our 20th anniversary is planned as a celebration and The Garden Party outdoor entertaining space, with its party patio, Grillo kitchen and Secret Gin Garden, will get the celebrations going.”

The show will also feature a Floral Pavilion filled with top nurseries from across the UK; a Plant Village; Show Gardens; College Street, which will be filled with inspirational design ideas for front gardens; a Theatre will with lively demonstrations and gardeners’ Q&A sessions; a Craft Pavilion; exhibitors selling gardening tools and outdoor living accessories and a Big Back Garden with games and activities for all the family.

Visitors can make a day of it by indulging in Afternoon Tea (must be booked in advance) and thanks to a new service run by Lothian Motorcoaches, visitors can leave the car at home and travel in comfort, direct to the showground, from 19 locations across Scotland.

Gardening Scotland 2019 will take place from Friday, 31 May until Sunday, 2 June at the Royal Highland Centre Edinburgh. For more information and to book tickets, travel and afternoon teas, visit www.gardeningscotland.com

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