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Meet Mary Stansfeld from Dunninald Castle Gardens

February 24th 2017

                Let’s enjoy our gardens more this year   And there’s no better start to the season than the Snowdrop Festival                  All new year’s resolutions aside, this year I have resolved to “just enjoy” my gardens more and not get bogged down by the endless […]

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Meet John and Wendy Mattingley from Cluny House Gardens

November 15th 2016

John and Wendy Mattingley from Cluny House Gardens in front of their 160 years old champion redwood Let nature do its magic Cluny House Gardens evolves naturally and offers treats throughout the seasons John and I have been looking after Cluny full time since 1987 after my parents who, in 1950, began the creation of […]

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Meet Elliot Forsyth from Cambo Estate

August 15th 2016

Getting the most from your Herbaceous Borders One of the foundations of the way we garden at Cambo is to ensure our borders are not only beautiful but hardworking throughout the seasons, too.  A way to achieve this is to divide the season into three distinct growth phases, these are: Pre flowering Flowering Post flowering […]

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Meet Diana Robertson from Drum Castle Garden

July 21st 2016

           Roses are like spoilt teenagers To flourish, they need your love and full attention, but don’t expect to win It is said that if you want beautiful roses in your garden you must carry roses in your heart. For a non-rosarian like myself, this is oh so true. I was brought […]

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Meet Dougal Philip and Lesley Watson from New Hopetoun Gardens

April 4th 2016

DSG Garden Expert Profile for New Hopetoun Gardens Husband and wife team, Dougal Philip and Lesley Watson, own and run New Hopetoun Gardens and plants are their passion! The garden centre has 20 small themed demonstration gardens designed by Lesley and Dougal to inspire, entertain and help their customers to choose the best plants for […]

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National Trust for Scotland Gardens Adviser Ann Steele

December 16th 2015

‘Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree’ The German Christmas carol ‘O Tannenbaum’ (‘Oh Chrismas Tree’) speaks of the pleasure we get from our festive trees – and no artificial tree is ever a patch on the smell and texture of the real thing. Writes National Trust for Scotland Gardens Adviser Ann Steele: “Lots of people […]

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John Hawley, Head Gardener, Gordon Castle Walled Garden, Fochabers

John Hawley, Head Gardener, Gordon Castle Walled Garden

October 24th 2015

John Hawley, Head Gardener, Gordon Castle Walled Garden, Fochabers I count myself privileged to be part of, what is currently one of Scotland’s largest horticultural renovation projects. I started work here at Gordon Castle Walled Garden at the beginning of 2015 after working in horticulture for over twenty years, with much of that time spent […]

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Richard Brown, Horticulturist, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

July 22nd 2015

Richard Brown, Horticulturist, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh When I completed my HND in Horticulture with Plantsmanship at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh [RBGE] I began working within RBGE’s living collection [Garden] as a Horticulturist. I have been at the garden for 14 years, working across all aspects of the Garden, finally settling in the Rock […]

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