Big Back Garden

The Big Back Garden is a firm favourite at Gardening Scotland.

It has proved to be such a popular attraction with visitors that without the Big Back Garden the Show just wouldn’t be the same.

Part family fun area and part eco-plot, it brings together everything that many people want from their garden at home – a place for the kids to play, somewhere to relax on warm days and space to raise a few vegetables for the pot.

We are delighted to announce that the Big Back Garden 2018 is sponsored by Tunnocks



Check out the list below of our new range of activities for our Big Back Garden 2018! More activities will be published shortly.

Dobbies Little Seedlings Club

Bring your little gardeners to Gardening Scotland and let them join in some hands-on fun.

Dobbies will be running Little Seedlings Club workshops all weekend in the Big Back Garden for your little ones: The Dobbies Little Seedlings Club is a free-to-join gardening club where youngsters aged between 4 and 10 learn about plants, wildlife and the environment.

It’s a great way to educate children about nature and get them outdoors and it’s also a great excuse to get their hands dirty.

Blooming Colourful at Dobbies

There will also be planting demonstrations from the Dobbies gardening experts for grown-ups too! Dobbies experts will be on hand at the Gardening Scotland Big Back Garden to show you how to get creative with container planting and how to add a colourful touch to your garden this summer.

If planting them yourself sounds too much like hard work, pop along to any Dobbies Garden Centres across Scotland, and the Dobbies experts will get their hands dirty for you. Simply choose a container, pot or hanging basket and the plants of your choice in a Dobbies store and Dobbies plant experts will plant them for free. Planting it for you, just the way you like it.

Dobbies Young SeedlingsPic Peter Devlin
Dobbies Young SeedlingsPic Peter Devlin
Dobbies Young SeedlingsPic Peter Devlin

Chainsaw Creations

Come and see what wooden creations will be carving out this year in the Big Back Garden! Iain travels all over Scotland and is known throughout the UK and beyond for his carvings of anything ranging from Squirrels to 16ft Wizards and Benches to Custom Carved Signs.

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 Ayrshire Bees

Ayr Beekeepers will be in the Big Back Garden again.  There are lots to see and do at our stand.  Come and see our open hive demonstrations throughout the day where members of the public volunteer to look inside a beehive and learn about bees.  You can listen to the commentary instead if you do not want to be close up to bees.

Our educational stand has an observation hive and lots of information about wasps, bumblebees and honeybees and there are lots of beekeepers to answer any questions you may have.  Come and taste lovely Ayrshire honey which you can buy from the shop as well as a range of other items.  Children and adults can try candle making with pure beeswax and have your own candle to take away with you.  There are also some bee games to play if the weather is good!

World of Wings

Fascinating team of birds will be joining the show this year. Come along to ask the friendly team their experiences working with these charming creatures.


Wild About Scotland

Wild about Scotland is a unique outreach programme which aims to connect people with Scotland’s amazing biodiversity. It is run by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) and supported by Clydesdale Bank.

The bus has been fully converted to provide a unique and inspiring mobile classroom for school visits and a mobile museum for public drop in sessions. During a visit to the bus families can take part in activities such as guess the animal skulls, build a beaver dam and look at mini-beasts under microscopes.

Below is the links for background information, and an online form to request a visit and access to the online resources. It can be included in press releases:

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Football Games

Kinross Colts AFC have kindly supplied us with footballs for the entire weekend allowing children to have a run around and kick a ball in the Big Back Gardens football area.



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