This year marks the 20th anniversary of Gardening Scotland, the country’s biggest gardening festival and for gardeners across Scotland it has never been easier to join in the celebrations.
For the first time since the event was launched in 2000, luxury coaches will whisk visitors from 19 different locations direct to the show ground.
It’s all part of the plans to help as many gardeners as possible from across Scotland take part in this year’s event and Gardening Scotland organiser Martin Dare says: “Since the show was first launched we’ve had a large number of visitors from right across the country and as part of our 20th anniversary celebrations we wanted to make it as easy and environmentally-friendly as possible for them to join in the celebrations. And with prices for ticket and travel packages starting at just £25, it’s also the most economical way to enjoy the show.”
This year’s show will take place from Friday, 31 May until Sunday, 2 June at The Royal Highland Centre Edinburgh and luxury coaches will run on all three days.
All coaches will have air conditioning, reclining seats and free Wi-Fi and there will be plenty of space on board to store plants and other purchases.
Coaches will operate on six routes:
Heather Route – Aberdeen, Dundee Perth
Foxglove Route – Coatbridge, Airdrie, Cumbernauld
Thistle Route – St Andrews, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline
Rowan Route – Stirling, Falkirk
Rose Route – Ayr, Kilmarnock, East Kilbride, Hamilton
Bluebell Route – Greenock, Paisley, Glasgow
Gardening Scotland 2019 will feature a dazzling line up of top nurseries from across the UK selling a wide range of plants and flowers. Experts will be on hand to offer advice on all aspects of growing and gardening and inspirational show gardens will provide lots of ideas for visitors to try out at home.
Workshops, question time sessions and talks by leading figures in the world of horticulture will all add to the experience. But the show isn’t just for those who’ve got green fingers. It is a unique shopping event too offering exciting home and lifestyle accessories. There will be delicious food on offer as well as a theatre with lively demonstrations. Visitors can indulge themselves with a very special afternoon tea (must be booked in advance), discover more ways to help nature and cherish the planet and let children enjoy the fun in the Big Back Garden, which will have games and activities for young visitors.
It all adds up to a great day out and after enjoying everything that the show has to offer, including the Secret Gin Garden, there can be no better way to get home at the end of the day than to sit back in the comfort of Lothian Motorcoaches’ luxury transport and let someone else do the driving.
Travel and ticket packages to Gardening Scotland 2019 are available online at www.gardeningscotland.com/travel-packages/.