Discover Scottish Gardens at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017
Last year we exhibited for the first time at RHS Chelsea Flower Show during May. We represented Scotland’s magnificent collection of gardens, nurseries and garden related businesses showcasing the nation’s outstanding horticulture and plant diversity.
By plotting our 130 members on a giant map of Scotland with a backdrop of the country’s stunning natural landscape and horticultural wonders, Discover Scottish Gardens’ stand made a visually striking experience.
To tell Scotland’s story, there was an eye-catching display of blue poppies (Meconopsis), a Himalayan native that is widely seen as one of Scotland’s national flowers as it grows well north of the border. These were kindly provided by Kevock Garden Plants as well as some splendid trilliums and erythroniums. All were much admired by the visitors and provided a talking point.
Throughout the show, hundreds of visitors from all over the world visited the stand eagerly picking up the leaflet with the map showing a list of the many gardens to be visited in Scotland.
A number of gardens kindly contributed images for the short film. The image of the beautiful blue poppies and cascading burn were taken at Dawyck Botanic Garden in the Borders,while the roses were photographed at Carolside Garden and the herbaceous border at Portmore. The photograph of the exotic tree ferns is of Logan Botanic Garden in Dumfries and Galloway and the blue pond against the mountainous background is Benmore Botanic Garden in Argyll. The floral garden and mountains is an image of Attadale Garden in the Highlands and the quintessential Scottish scene is a view at Inverewe Gardens, the award winning NTS garden.
Thanks to Ruth Maclellan for the Meconopsis image, provided by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
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