Do you know someone with ultra-green fingers? Then Gardening Scotland 2019 wants to hear about them.
Scotland’s national festival of flowers is on the hunt for two dedicated plant enthusiasts to take up the titles of Gardener of the Year and Young Gardener of the Year.
The Gardener of the Year title is open to anyone, including professionals, community gardening champions, enthusiastic allotmenteers and home gardeners who have turned their plot into a haven for plants or wildlife.
The Young Gardener of the Year title is for anyone up to the age of 21 who has a passion for growing and gardening.
As well as being recognised as the best gardeners in Scotland both winners will also each receive £200 worth of gardening gift vouchers from Caulders Garden Centres, who have seven garden centres across Scotland, including in Kinross, Kirkintilloch and Newton Mearns.
Previous winners of the Gardener of the Year title have included Sallie Sillars, head gardener at Horatio’s Garden in Glasgow and Louis Wall from Newton Stewart, founder of the South West Scotland Rail Adopters Gardening Group, which maintains the gardens at more than 20 stations between Gretna, Stranraer and Glasgow.
William Pollock, who won last year’s inaugural Young Gardener of the Year title, began as a volunteer while still a teenager at a garden project in Dunlop, where his hard work, enthusiasm and willingness to learn brought him to the attention of local firm, McLarens Nursery, who offered him a job where he is now a much valued member of staff.
Colin Barrie, Managing Director, Caulders Garden Centres, says: “We are delighted to once again support Gardening Scotland in its search for some of Scotland’s unsung gardening heroes. There are so many great gardeners out there, many of them making a huge contribution to their community and to wildlife, and it is good to be able to recognise their efforts.”
To nominate someone as Gardener of the Year or Young Gardener of the Year, please send us their details including a short description of their gardening activities and why you think they should win, along with your own contact details to:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Or send nominations by post to: Gardening Scotland, Rural Projects, 2 Ingliston Gardens, Newbridge, Midlothian EH28 8NB.
Your entries should reach us no later than Friday, 3 May 2019.
The winners will be presented with their certificates and prizes at Gardening Scotland 2019 which takes place from Friday, 31 May until Sunday, 2 June at the Royal Highland Centre Edinburgh.
Gardening Scotland is Scotland’s national festival of flowers and outdoor living. Launched in1999, it is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019. More information and tickets are available from www.gardeningscotland.com.
Caulders Garden Centres is a family-run chain of seven garden centres across Scotland. New garden centres in Cumbernauld and Kinross have recently been added to the chain, which also has outlets in Newton Mearns, Mugdock, Kirkintilloch, Erskine and Cupar. Www.caulders.co.uk