RHS at Gardening Scotland

The RHS stand was a recycled, low-impact garden, with lots of take-away ideas for recycling and growing your own on a shoestring and in small spaces, with edible and vertical planting.  Throughout the weekend there was gardening advice as well as top tips from gardening expert and broadcaster, Martin Fish.

There were a series of on-stand workshops running each day of the show:


11.30-12 – Workshop – The Recycled Garden with Angela Smith, RHS

Everyone loves a bargain, but gardeners are an especially resourceful bunch.  Learn how to create your very own recycled garden by repurposing items to use and planters and features to enhance your garden.  Demonstrating from our recycled stand/garden and the Pop-up Gardens, we will walk you through some great ideas to take home and try out in your own gardens along with top tips on plant selection, preparing planters, planting advice and aftercare and maintenance.


1.30-2pm – Workshop – Growing Edibles in Containers and Small Spaces – Martin Fish

Small is beautiful and everyone can grow successfully!  Broadcaster Martin Fish will demonstrate how you can grow productively even in the smallest of spaces, with top tips on growing tasty veggies, fruit and herbs in containers and corners


3.30-4pm – Workshop – Make and Take a tasty Kokedama – Angela Smith, RHS

Make your own herb-filled kokedama to take home – these Japanese hanging moss balls are easy to make and this year they’re tasty too, as we continue our edible theme with a range of herbs to pack into your kokedama.


RHS Pop-up Garden Competition

We’re also running the Pop-up Gardens competition again this year, where schools, colleges and community groups have been tasked to design and build a mini show garden to celebrate this year’s Greening Great Britain themes of wildlife, people and environment.  This year, we are delighted to welcome some amazing ideas from these talented teams to inspire visitors. The full list is detailed below;


name of OrganisationGarden TitleGarden Story
Calderside Academy - Team 1Relax and BeeA wildlife garden designed especially to attract bees, with pollinator friendly planting and eco-friendly with found recycled items from the beach.
Calderside Academy - Team 2Grow for People - The WonderlandA garden for everyone; to brighten moods, and for people with depression and anxiety. The group has used the five senses to create a sensory garden.
Shawlands AcademyGarden of TomorrowThe world is dying! It’s turning grey and it’s up to us to save the day, designing a garden using recycled plastics, growing our own to avoid plastic packaging and providing a haven for wildlife.
Linwood High SchoolThe GROWersThis is a garden designed with people in mind, because of the positive mental and physical health impact gardening can have. One of the main aims for this garden is to bring people together, with lots of sensory objects which can appeal to younger children.
South Lanarkshire CollegeBug Banquet GardenOur pollinators' traditional food and nesting habitats are being lost and they need our help! With the Bug Banquet garden our aim is to show members of the public that even a small space can attract a huge assortment of beneficial bugs and bees.
SRUC Awarded Joint Best 'Festival Favourite'Urban Kitchen GardenThis garden is all about productivity in a small space, using every available inch to grow for people, wildlife and planet, with this design for a vertical kitchen garden.
Dumbarton Academy
Awarded Best School Garden
Beauty and the BeastiesThis wildlife garden, “Beauty and the Beasties”, brings a small space to life with all the colour and beauty of a fairy story with the accompaniment of all types of beasties . This design is based on water wildlife, bugs, beasties and other small creatures.
Knox Academy5 Senses GardenA sensory garden designed to be a haven for pupils away from the classroom, with planting appeal for people and wildlife.
UHI Moray CollegeLeave Your Worries InsideThis innovative garden explores well being in the workplace, providing a haven for workers to escape from stress through sympathetic design and thoughtful planting.
Young Enterprise Scotland Awarded Joint Best 'Festival Favourite'The Convenience GardenThis youth social enterprise has created a design to provide gardening at your fingertips - quite literally. The group is creating a special garden for a client with reduced mobility but a love of gardening, to enable her to continue with a beloved pastime.
South Lanarkshire College Awarded Pop-Up Garden WinnerDelta's Den…. Just BeeThis garden aims to create a desirable environment for bees to live and thrive, and for humans to be able to sit and watch them, whilst relaxing in (the ‘Den’) among the plants. Bees are having a hard time at the moment and it’s important to re-dress the balance.
Glasgow School Of Art Awarded Most Innovative The ERB Machine (The Edible Resource Barter MachineAs students currently living in halls of accommodation, a large amount of packaging quickly accumulates especially canned foods and drinks. Through the project we aim to inspire students and young professionals who live within these smaller accommodation units to grow low maintenance fruits, salads, and herbs — such as coriander or mint — and other leafy vegetables. These can be grown within recycled tins and cans which could be arranged within a prefabricated frame to create a vertical ‘vending machine’ type garden.
Blooming InverkipTransformationA butterfly garden designed with people in mind and to celebrate wellbeing and personal achievement and an inspirational personal journey.

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