Garden designs unveiled for annual horticultural event

Eight inspirational gardens will be on show at the Gardening Scotland 2016 event at Ingliston.

Eight inspirational gardens will be on show at the Gardening Scotland 2016 event at Ingliston.

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The Show Garden Avenue will be bursting with eight inspirational show gardens at this year’s Gardening Scotland which takes place from June 3 to June 5 at Ingliston.

A ‘Hive Jive’ garden which pays homage to the humble bumblebee, a prison garden showcasing the work of inmates from two of Scotland’s prisons and an outdoor space which demonstrates how society can effectively break down barriers to cancer care are just some of the 10 metre x 10 metre gardens that will be on display. No fewer than 35,000 visitors are expected during the three-day event.

There will also be the country’s largest floral display with hundreds of exhibitors under one roof in the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society’s Floral Hall.

The ‘Hive Jive’ show garden will be created by students from Scotland’s Rural Colleges (SRUC). As well as highlighting facts about bees and their life cycles, the garden will also inform visitors about the serious issues surrounding the decline of bees.

‘Within these walls – a journey inside’ will be designed and created by men from Glenochil prison in Alloa and women from Cornton Vale prison in Stirling. This garden will showcase the horticultural knowledge and skills of more than 40 men and women from both prisons, taking visitors on a journey through the life of a prisoner - from the initial dark and lonely days through to the brighter moments of creating friendships and embarking on new endeavours.

Macmillan Cancer Support will create a garden called ‘Breaking the wall’ which will highlight the difficulties that people face when dealing with cancer, and how barriers can be broken down to ensure patients are cared for effectively.

Martin Dare, Gardening Scotland’s show organiser, said: “Every year there is huge excitement and anticipation around Gardening Scotland’s show gardens. As well as showcasing some of the finest floral delights that Scotland has to offer, each of the gardens tell their own story and offers a creative outlet for visitors and exhibitors to cherish and enjoy.

“We’re very excited about the range of show gardens at this year’s event, and we’re confident that they will help visitors to create their own outdoor spaces to enjoy at home.”

The 2016 ‘I Dig It’ Award, which is designed to represent the people’s choice for the best Show Gardens, will be sponsored by online gardening supplier Bakker.com

The ‘I Dig It’ Award will be judged by the public and the winner will receive a Bakker.com trophy and £500 prize money.

For more information and to buy tickets at £14 per person, visit www.gardeningscotland.com