Visitors attending the opening day of Gardening Scotland – the country’s national garden and outdoor living festival – (on Friday 2nd June) have chosen the ‘People’s Choice’ winners for the 2017 show.

On what was an exceptionally busy start to the three-day event, which runs until Sunday 4th June at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburg, the Sunday Post’s People’s Choice Award for best Floral Exhibit was awarded to Angus-based garden design company, Rococo, who created a dinosaur-themed display 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 designing and building in Falkland, Fife.


Meanwhile the ‘I Dig It Award’ for the Best Show Garden was awarded to veteran’s charity Glen Art.

The charity teamed up with the Wilfred Owen Association to create an incredibly poignant garden at this year’s Gardening Scotland to commemorate the Commonwealth War Grave Commission’s (CWGC) centenary and that of Wilfred Owen’s stay at Craiglockhart in Edinburgh in 1917.

The ‘One Hundred Years of Remembrance’ garden is a first for the CWGC at the Gardening Scotland show and it was designed by the Commission’s very own Gardener Caretaker First Class, Robert Ross.  The garden itself was built and created by veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from Glen Art.  In Scotland alone, the CWGC cares for more than 20,000 graves and memorials in more than 12,000 locations.

Fiona MacDonald, Director Glen Art, said: “Glen Art supports veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and we couldn’t be prouder of them and the beautiful show gardens they create each year at Gardening Scotland.”

“This year, working with the CWGC and Wilfred Owen Association makes this centenary year particularly important, as veterans of today commemorate those who served in the Great War, including the Great War poet Wilfred Owen.”

Martin Dare, Gardening Scotland’s Show Organiser said:

“The subjects of this year’s Show Gardens have been wide and varied – from tangible gardens to Royal murder mysteries, pollution in our oceans to Chinese plant hunting.  It was up to our visitors to decide on the winner and Glen Art, together with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, was a very worthy choice for the ‘I Dig It’ award.”

“Our Floral Displays always go down a treat with visitors and Rococo’s dinosaur-themed garden has been a favourite amongst children and adults alike. It will no doubt continue to draw crowds over the weekend.”

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