Are you currently making plans for the Spring Bank Holiday weekend at the start of June? If you decide to spend this beautiful long weekend on a city break in Edinburgh we recommend you visit Gardening Scotland at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston in Edinburgh. This event takes place from 1st – 3rd June.
The first weekend in June is a long one for a lot of people: The first day of June is a Friday, 2nd and 3rd June are weekend days. The spring bank holiday will give you Monday 4th, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will give you the 5th June off work.
So why do we believe Edinburgh is the perfect place to visit on these days? While the Scottish capital is worth a visit on 365 days of the year, the Gardening Scotland Show really is a major attraction that gardening enthusiasts will not want to miss!
Three good reasons to spend some time at the Show:
It doesn’t matter whether you’ve just discovered a new hobby, or whether your garden is the passion of a lifetime – the advisers at the show will be able to assist you with all questions big and small regarding your plot.
Let yourself be inspired to make a contribution to your local community: “The Wonder of Community Gardening” is this year’s theme of the Living Garden project. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about how to start a garden from scratch!
Beautiful designs and lots of hard work are on show! Students from all over Scotland take part in the College Garden Competition – why not aim to be in the audience to find out which Horticultural College will win this year?
If you’re interested in food and/or cooking this is one of the areas of the show that will excite you! Talented Scottish chefs use Scottish ingredients (always fresh and seasonal) to impress your palate. This year Zero Waste Scotland is supporting the theatre, and their Message ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ runs as a theme through the event. Be smart and learn how to cultivate your own compost while not wasting any kitchen leftovers – this is not only good for the environment, it will help save you money!
Do’s and Don’ts
Do: Take part in a workshop to have gardening questions answered
Do: Consider booking the VIP Afternoon Tea Package! For £29 per person this ticket includes entry to the show, one copy of the official show catalogue and a delicious Afternoon Tea experience at the nearby Quality Hotel.
Don’t: Worry about being laden down by your shopping. The Charity Plant Crèche will take good care of your pots and plants and all the lovely things you shop for at the show. They even have a porter service to help you get things on the bus, or in the car!
Don’t: Be surprised to see a ‘zero waste’ policy in action at Gardening Scotland. ‘Reduce, reuse, recycle’ is the idea – the show aims to create as little waste as at all possible during its three days. Even the carpet will be recycled once the show is over!
- Book in advance online on the official Gardening Scotland website
- Price for Friday, 1 June is £14
- Price for Saturday or Sunday, 2nd or 3rd is £12
- Children under 16 receive free entry to the Show
Date and time:
Friday, 1 June: 10am – 6pm
Saturday, 2 June: 10am – 6pm
Sunday, 3 June: 10am – 5pm