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 (see below).  In 2017 new themes will emerge.  Visit this page again to find out more about what designers and landscapers will conjure up between 2 – 4 June.

“Hive Jive”

The ‘Hive Jive’ Show Garden celebrates the humble bee and aims to demonstrate the simple steps which everyone can take to help all species of bee thrive in the UK. Central to the garden’s concept is the ‘Waggle Dance’, which is realised using a central circular bed planted to reflect the dance patterns used by returning forager bees when communicating with the rest of the colony. Pollen and nectar rich plant species have been chosen to provide attractive and beneficial habitats for populations of bees and other pollinating insects, with the colour palette selected from the bees’ visible colour spectrum.

By: SRUC, Scotland’s Rural College, Edinburgh

Sponsored by RHS

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 “Within These Walls”

Welcome to the Scottish Prison Service garden.  Part of the garden looks as if there is no growth and little potential representing where many of those that we care for have come from.  However, take a few steps forward and you can see the transformation that can be brought about by providing the right opportunities.  We have used plants and upcycled elements to demonstrate what can be achieved if you look within, develop new skills and have hope for the future.  We work to Unlock Potential and Transform Lives and we hope that this garden helps to change your view of prison.

By: The Ladies at HMP Corton Vale and Gentlemen at HMP Glenochil

“Breaking the Wall”

Breaking the wall, breaking down the barriers to cancer care. A garden to fully capture the needs for Macmillan Legacies to help provide the care needed for people with cancer now, and into the future. The garden comprises of two halves with a brick wall dividing the two. The dystopic waste land reflects the loneliness and isolation cancer can bring, but when you break through the wall you enter a tranquil space full of colour to reflect the good work that Macmillan do. You can help break the wall down further by leaving a legacy to Macmillan.

By: Jenna Stuart from Clan Horticulture

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“Transition Garden”

 The Transition Garden Glimpses, changes progression, through seasons, through life, into the light. The journey of the garden and of veterans and civilians. Transforming mental health issues into a healthy and positive future.

By: Glen art Designer Ray Howie,

With a team of veterans and volunteers

“Who is William Gardiner?”

Our display shows a workshop/bothy with tools of the (not quite) famous Dundee son William Gardiner. Best known for writing ‘The Flora of Forfarshire’ (1848), and ‘Twenty Lessons on British Mosses’ (1846) he is considered one of the countries most respected field botanist and bryologists.  The garden replicates a Scottish moorland with a burn running into a bog and examples of the flora found in the Angus glens.  Mosses and ferns are mingled with native planting set amidst a landscape merging from the cobbles of a Victorian street to the wild landscape of a Scottish hillside.

By: Dundee & Angus College

Students and Staff of the Land Based Department

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“Silhouettes in the Fog”

 The focal point of the garden is a 1915 trench warfare scene, using dense, dark tones of colour and smoke to represent tension, fear and anxiety experienced by Allied soldiers on the Western Front during poisonous gas attacks.

The boardwalk, supports the transition from dark to light colours, sparse ground to an abundance of foliage, representing the journey blinded soldiers took from the horrors of the Western Front to a safe environment under the care of Scottish War Blinded.

Poppies have been created as a mark of respect to the fallen who never returned to Britain from World War One.

By:  Jim Thomson and Scottish War Blinded

“Erskine – Century of Care for Veterans”

 The West of Scotland Dry Stone Walling Association is a Scottish charity. Our aim is to keep alive the craft of dry stone walling. We run training courses and design and build community dry stone projects within the local community to enhance their environment.  The garden will celebrate 100 years of care and help for the British Armed Forces.

By: West of Scotland Dry Stone Walling Association


“House for an Art Lover”

Julie Pritchard is inspired by the eclectic work of Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh (1864-1933), original jewellery maker, artist, interior designer and Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868 1928), architect, water-colourist and designer, both prominent and intrinsic too the Art Nouveau Movement that occurred in Glasgow during the Industrial Revolution (1890-1920). Celebrating the link between architecture, gardening and art with an emphasis on The Willow Tea Rooms (1903-present day) and House for an Art Lover (1901), Julie has aimed to show her interpretation of the individual and collaborative works of Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

By: Julie Pritchard

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