Our Show Garden avenue is the place to go for the latest trends in garden design.

Regular visitors, as well as first timers, will relish the chance to see another fresh and inventive group of Show Gardens.

“The Garden Retreat – A garden for living”

Lynn Hill Garden Design teams up with CED Stone Group to create an oasis of calm and tranquillity at Gardening Scotland 2018
Imagine if you will at the end of a long day at the office, pouring yourself a refreshing cool drink and escaping the world as you ease yourself into the tranquil surroundings of your garden retreat.
Sink into a world of calm amongst the lush green of the planting as the wind makes its music through the leaves of the trees above. This is the world of The Garden Retreat: A place for living. The show garden being especially created for this years’ Gardening Scotland event, designed by Lynn Hill Garden Design and created by CED Stone Group.
This is a garden where inside and outside meet, it’s an extension of your home… a place for living.
But let’s face it, for those of us blessed to live in Scotland, we know all too well how it likes to rain. This is where including a garden room comes into its own, all the benefits of an outdoor space with the comfort and security of protective walls and a roof. And how beautifully these are decorated, featuring the botanical artwork of Eleanor Christopher of Rosslyn Chapel Art which brings their own distinctive quality to the space.
We are hearing more and more about how gardens are good for us and science is discovering that even just the simple act of being in a garden increases well being, allowing us to become calmer, healthier and happier. This garden is a real visual treat, an oasis of green. The soft hues of the silver grey granite underfoot stands’ out like a gem against the tactile majesty of the Caithness stone: A real Scottish native. Modern products such as the slate Tier cladding compliment the style and show us how a feature of real stone can be included in a simple, easy to create way to wonderful effect.
Situated just as you enter the show, The Garden Retreat: A place for living extends its warm welcome as you arrive at Gardening Scotland this coming June, and looks forward to revealing to you its’ recipe for calm and tranquillity.



“All the hills and vales along”

“All the hills and vales along” is the title of a poem by the Scottish poet of the Scottish First World War, Charles Hamilton Sorley who was killed in action in 1915.

The theme is of a soldier returning from the First World War with his dog. Designed and created by veterans of today the garden contains donations from all over Scotland – Just as each community in Scotland contributed to those who served in the First World War, many never to return.



“Wee Natural Gallery”

‘A Wee Natural Gallery’  will inspire young people to realise the wonder of the natural world through plants and art features. Learning how to connect with nature is one of the most fundamental skills that all children should develop, and one of the greatest gifts any adult can give.

The garden will primarily be divided in two by a snaking black and white path.  Representing the word ‘adder’ removed from the OJD; the path is playfully reminiscent of the children’s board game Snakes and Ladders. The path itself will wind itself through several timber pergolas of different sizes in order to exaggerate their perspective, creating an optical illusion of Alice in Wonderland proportions.     


“Sea cliffs and inland glens”

This year our NC5 class has put together a display depicting some of the most outstanding tourist features of our home City of Dundee and the county and valley in which it sits. We have designed a simple copy of our newest and most iconic image and populated the heart of it with a crevice rock garden and cascade to suggest our beautiful angus glens. We hope you enjoy the display.


“Spirit of Glamis”

By Glamis Castle

The design of our show garden is aimed to highlight Glamis Castle’s rich and varied but largely unknown garden spaces, from productive kitchen garden to formal bedding schemes to lush perennial borders all with the backdrop of the magnificent castle. Based around five ‘Pod Gardens’ displaying individual element of the gardens sustainable estate. A further aim is to highlight how a substantiation amount of the show garden is sourced and produced from within the garden of the wider Glamis Estate.




“Moon Gate Corner”

Designed by; The Chinese Consulate-General in Edinburgh

The characteristic moon-like door not only indicates a good wish for joy and happiness, but is also regarded as a typical symbol of Chinese culture. Chinese people always associate a full moon with a happy life, family reunion, completeness. This meaning can be found within a traditional Chinese garden architectural element called the “moon gate.”
Our Moon Gate corner intends to bring a good sign to our life. The combination of a tranquil surrounding settings and Taiji demonstration at the corner will flesh out our theme of healthy living.


“Royal Air Force Centenary Year”

SRUC Elmwood College will be creating a carpet bed display of the Royal Air Forces Centenary Logo. The display will incorporate traditional carpet bedding plants and annuals specially grown for this display which allows the opportunity for the students to acquire carpet bedding skills which are being lost in local authority horticulture.

2017 Show Gardens


“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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