The glory of gardening – Kilbryde Castle

Kilbryde Castle hosting Discover Scottish Gardens AGM 26 September 2018. “The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.” Alfred Austin, Author. Most gardening enthusiasts will relate to this passion shared by our former Poet […]

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Scotland in bloom as Rhododendron Festival returns

The wonderfully diverse world of the rhododendron is about to be celebrated with the Scottish Rhododendron Festival which returns for its fourth year. Flowering across the country from 1 April to 31 May 2018, the Festival comprises of more than 90 events displaying swathes of colour in gardens, estates and woodlands nationwide. Thirty-one new venues […]

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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 Tree Festival 2019

Wood you believe it… The Scottish Tree Festival is back Over 70 events taking place at Scotland’s glorious gardens Celebrating Scotland’s autumn colour and abundance of trees Some of Scotland’s most beautiful and unusual trees will be celebrated once again this year as the Scottish Tree Festival returns for its second year. Organised by national […]

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