Regular visitors, as well as first timers, will relish the chance to see another fresh and inventive group of Show Gardens.  In 2016 mental health issues, the importance of bees and art were all themes explored by garden designers. This years Show Garden entries are listed below.

“Wee Barrier Reef “

Dundee and Angus College will be using their show garden at Gardening Scotland to highlight the harmful impact of plastic pollution in our oceans.  Up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic waste enters the ocean every year, harming marine life, threatening ecosystems and contaminating seafood.  This show garden is intended to tell the story of the damage being done to our oceans and riverways and will showcase a coral reef, thriving with sealife, including fish, seaweed, a sunken boat and other wonderful aquatic artefacts – all made from waste washed up on local Scottish beaches. This truly is a show garden not to be missed.

Glen Art

“One Hundred Years of Remembrance”

By: Glen Art in partnership with the CWGC and The Wilfred Owen Association

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, along with the veteran’s charity, Glen Art and the Wilfred Owen Association have teamed up to create an incredibly poignant garden at this year’s Gardening Scotland to commemorate the CWGC’s 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 was designed by the Commission’s very own Gardener Caretaker First Class, Robert Ross and will be built and created by veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from Glen Art.

Created by veterans of today, it commemorates the centenary of the CWGC who have practiced high quality horticulture around the world since 1917 and the centenary of the four months Wilfred Owen, poet of the Great War spent in Edinburgh from June 1917.

The garden will encapsulate the heart of the Commission and what it stands for – remembering the 1.7million people who lost their lives during both World Wars, across more than 150 countries.

“Tangible Garden”

The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI)  by Lynn Hill Garden Design

Gardens are for living…  and what better way to enjoy your garden than with family and friends.

This garden is all about outdoor living and reflects a tangible garden that is achievable and functional in the real world. It demonstrates how the indoors can be brought outdoors with the aim of inspiring you to think creatively about your garden as an extension of your home.

Two separately defined areas allow for sharing food with family and friends. Then with the kids tucked up in bed, the adults can sit around the intimate setting of the fire bowl and enjoy the summer evening.


“Chinese Hillside Garden”

This garden, enclosed by a giant plant hunter’s sample case, represents a fragment of Yunnan Province (SW China) as explored by George Forrest, an Edwardian plant hunter employed by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

A rocky pathway meanders between lush green slopes, crossing a small ravine by rope-bridge. The plants encountered are all connected to Forrest; most are plants which Forrest brought to the West, such as candelabra primulas, giant cardiocrinums and many rhododendrons.

The enclosing box represents the RBGE’s safekeeping of collected specimens, and – where they are now endangered in their natural habitat – the return of these plants to their homeland.

Designer: Ruth Howell

Theme: A celebration of the curiosity, courage and tenacity of the plant hunters.

“Living Landscape in Your Garden”

This garden uses a range of plants including Scottish natives and feature stones to represent the natural Scottish landscape, creating a low maintenance garden which is sustainable and encourages biodiversity.  A winding gravel path takes the visitor through a mix of shrubs and perennials, past a monolith water feature, a stone seat beneath a native tree and onto a small raised patio. Carefully selected plants provide food and shelter to encourage local wildlife.  Permeable surfacing provides habitats for invertebrates without creating run-off issues.  The garden demonstrates how, even with a small garden, one can contribute to the network of green spaces across the city.

Designer: Jane Eckersall

Theme: creating a sustainable garden which represents the Scottish natural landscape on a domestic scale and encourages biodiversity in the urban environment.


“Come to your Senses”

 Scottish War Blinded work with individuals with a significant sight loss. As a result of this members have to make better use of their existing senses.

Taking a journey round the pathway provides people with the opportunity not just to see the garden but to experience the different sounds, tastes, smells and textures.

“Hortus homicida”

Hortus homicida commemorates the 450th anniversary of one of Scotland’s most infamous unresolved crimes: The murder of Lord Darnley, the husband of Mary Queen of Scots in 1567. The crime not only had a political repercussions for the future of the monarchy, but also has particular relevance to horticulture as an illustration of the crime scene was commissioned resulting in the earliest pictorial evidence of a garden Scotland.

The garden will contain walling, seating and plants that were relevant to the period. Importantly the garden uses plants that have cultural significance because they contain hidden meanings from historical folklore. This will reveal clues to the public about the main suspects and their motives, revealing intrigue and suspense reminiscent of a classic ‘Who dunnit’?


“Bijou Garden”

The West of Scotland Dry Stone Walling Association is a Scottish Charity.  Our aim is to keep alive the craft of drystone walling.  We run training courses and design and build community dry stone projects within the local community to enhance their environment,

Exhibiting the many ways in which dry stone walling can be incorporated into a garden, with various features such as a seat, planter and stone plant shelves.

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