Valentine’s Day may be synonymous with a dozen red roses, but why not be more creative with your gift-giving this year by treating your loved one to a different floral experience – tickets to Gardening Scotland 2017?

What could be more romantic than giving your heart’s desire the opportunity to see the most beautiful floral fair in the country, a stunning 125 metre Floral Walkway, creatively constructed Show Gardens and the opportunity to meet the growers and ask them questions about your own outdoor spaces?

Now in its 18th year, Gardening Scotland will take place at the Royal Highland showground at Ingliston from Friday 2nd until Sunday 4th June and there will be something to suit every sense and taste.

Tickets to Scotland’s biggest and most renowned outdoor living show will give the love in your life the opportunity to learn about growing gorgeous flowers for cut displays as well as access to the best seasonal gardening tips, gastronomic delights and maybe even a champagne afternoon tea.

If roses are on your mind as Valentine’s Day approaches, then perhaps you may also appreciate some tips on how to take care of them at this time of year.

Tips for growing roses
Martin Dare, Gardening Scotland’s Organiser said:

“While roses may be popular in February, they do not naturally produce blooms in Scotland at this time of year. However, the winter is the perfect time to order bare-rooted roses to ensure you can get them off to a good start for the long growing season that lies ahead. There’s a huge variety of roses on offer, from floribundas to hybrid teas, bush varieties and climbers.  Here’s a few things to keep in mind when caring for them:

“Roses are hungry – make sure you add plenty of organic matter, such as well-rotted manure or compost, to the soil before planting

“Newly-planted roses will need to be kept well-watered when they are trying to establish

“Add rose fertiliser in March or April, at the start of the growing season, and again
in June to repeat-flowering varieties.

“When flowers are ready, cut them regularly to encourage further growth and dead-head any spent blooms to extend the season

“Enjoy your roses – they are a wonderful plant which offer a huge amount of colour, scent and beauty in the garden throughout the year.”

NOTES TO EDITORS

Gardening Scotland

Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than tickets to Gardening Scotland – the country’s national gardening and outdoor living show. For more information and to book tickets visit gardeningscotland.com

For three days, the grounds of the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh undergo a transformation in an explosion of scent and colour. This is Gardening Scotland – the national gardening and outdoor living Show and Scotland’s gardening festival

It is the biggest plant fair in Scotland and will take place from Friday 2nd until Sunday 4th June 2017. It promises to provide everything from an abundance of beautiful plants, tools, equipment, garden furniture and all the inspiration you could need to make your garden grow.

For more information, visit www.gardeningscotland.com Advance tickets cost just £14 and are available from the website. Tickets on the gate will cost £16 for Friday and £15 for Saturday and Sunday.

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For press enquiries, contact Nicola Macnaughton at Scene & Herd PR – nicola@sceneandherdpr.co.uk or 07725 638 246

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