A snowdrop love affair: how it all began

By Helen Rushton of Bruckhills Croft, Aberdeenshire At Bruckhills Croft in Aberdeenshire, you won’t find acres of common snowdrops nodding romantically in the breeze, but you may find snowdrops you have never come across before. We have been collecting snowdrops for quite a few years now; it all began when we found a patch of […]

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Visitor Numbers Grow at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh attracts its biggest numbers since the 1930s The opportunity to see new, unusual plantings from around the world and fine weather during spring last year helped to attract over one million visitors to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) and its three Regional Gardens. In 2017, the flagship Edinburgh Garden attracted […]

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Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards 2017

We are delighted to announce that 2 of our members have won an award at the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards 2017 on Friday 3 November. Dan Rose-Bristow – The Torridon Hotel: We are very proud to have won Most Hospitable Hotel at the HITA 2017 on Friday last week. Great for the Torridon team […]

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The winner of our Chelsea Flower Show prize draw

We received hundreds of entries for our prize draw at the Chelsea Flower Show and the lucky winner has been found. Congratulations to Sylvia Daw of Alfriston in East Sussex who wins a garden holiday in Scotland courtesy of Brightwater Holidays.  You don’t have to travel too far to enjoy first class horticultural holidays. With […]

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Scotland makes its mark at Chelsea

Flower show to bring Scotland’s gardens into bloom  For the first time, Discover Scottish Gardens, Scotland’s recently formed national garden tourism organisation, will exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (23 – 27 May), representing Scotland’s magnificent collection of gardens, nurseries and garden related businesses. The tourism group launched in 2015 with the help of […]

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Scottish Rhododendron Festival

All rhododendrons lead to Scotland Festival celebrates ‘second national flower’ Gardens and horticultural businesses throughout Scotland are set to take part in a nationwide celebration of Scotland’s “second national flower” – the rhododendron. Organised by Discover Scottish Gardens and supported for the first time this year by VisitScotland, the Scottish Rhododendron Festival begins this weekend […]

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Inverewe wins UK top garden award

  National Trust for Scotland Inverewe Garden in Wester Ross has just been named as ‘UK Garden of the Year’ in the BBC Countryfile Magazine awards. Beating five other finalists to this prestigious award, the sub-tropical NTS garden on the shores of Loch Ewe is now proud to be called the best garden, not just […]

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Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017

2017 is the year to delve into the past and discover Scotland’s fascinating tangible and intangible heritage through a wide-ranging variety of new and existing events, a vast range of heritage attractions, incredible historic sites and of course, horticultural heritage.   From late medieval to modern creations in older settings – the history of the Scottish […]

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Scottish Snowdrop Festival

Blossoming across Scotland from 28 January to 12 March, the Scottish Snowdrop Festival features more than 50 properties, including 13 newly added for 2017, showing off spectacular swathes of snowdrops carpeting their grounds. There are 300 varieties of Galanthus – to give the snowdrop its botanical name – and the versatility and hardiness of the […]

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Blooming Marvellous! – £30k VisitScotland boost and heading for Chelsea

Scotland’s £240 million* garden tourism industry is set to bloom further after a £30,000 funding boost from VisitScotland. National garden tourism body Discover Scottish Gardens, which officially launched in 2015 with the help of VisitScotland’s Growth Fund, has received a second round of funding to help develop plans to exhibit at the prestigious RHS Chelsea […]

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Rhododendrons bloom early in warmer weather

Scottish Rhododendron Festival set to be in full flower This year’s Scottish Rhododendron Festival is geared up to be vibrant from day one, as many of these wonderful plants are already in full bloom because of the recent warmer temperatures. The festival, which takes place from 1 April to 31 May, comprises more than 50 […]

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