The organisers of Scotland’s garden festival, Gardening Scotland, have said that this year’s show is going to be one of the most inspiring yet for horticultural enthusiasts.

With the outdoor event now in its 18th year, the Floral Pavilion has always been one of the most popular features with visitors, but this year it will stage a dazzling new 125 metre Floral Walkway.

Gardening enthusiasts attending this year’s event, which takes place from Friday 2nd till Sunday 4th June at the Royal Highland Showground, Ingliston, will be met with an impressive explosion of colour, scent and design. The Walkway will showcase some of the UK’s top specialist nurseries, and visitors will get the opportunity to meet with and speak to the growers directly, discovering the best tips and know how to take home to their own outdoor spaces.

Angus-based garden design company, Rococo, will create a centrepiece dinosaur-themed Show Garden on the Floral Walkway featuring a wide range of pre-historic plants including horse tail, ferns and palms as well as a Velociraptor. The company’s owner, Steve Burke, got the inspiration for the garden when he dug up a toy dinosaur in a garden he was working in near Falkland in Fife.

Gardening Scotland will also welcome local businesses such as Clan Horticulture with its range of hardy herbaceous plants which thrive in the Scottish climate, and Perthshire-based Glendoick Gardens & Garden Centres who will bring a selection of newly bred Azaleas to be named by members of the public at Gardening Scotland.

West-Lothian based Wyndford Farm Plants will bring the first ever primula sieboldii display to Gardening Scotland, and visitors are sure to be enchanted by these plants which have flowers like snowflakes. Meanwhile Lasswade-based Kevock Garden Plants will bring a number of unusual alpine, woodland and bog plants to inspire gardeners with damper gardens, and even those with ponds and water features.

There will also be nursery men and women from further afield. Cornwall growers, East of Eden will bring a range of hardy exotic, tender exotic, tropical, Mediterranean and world plants – perfect for growing indoors and in greenhouses. Roualegyn Fuchsias will bring their famed hardy purple and pink fuchsias all the way from Wales.

Martin Dare, Gardening Scotland’s Show Organiser said:

“Every year visitors flock to Gardening Scotland’s Floral Pavilion and this year we wanted to add something a little different. The Floral Walkway will be a real showstopper – at 125 metres it will feature an enormous variety of colours, scents and exciting textures – even the most horticulturally informed guests will be impressed.
“Green fingered enthusiasts will also get the opportunity to learn about everything from window box arranging to vegetable growing by attending a host of participative workshops and Q&A sessions in the RHS Theatre, situated at the far end of the Floral Walkway.

“We’re very excited about the range of exhibitors and show gardens at this year’s event and we’re confident they will help visitors to create their own outdoor spaces to enjoy at home.”

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