In case you weren’t already aware, this year we are celebrating the Year of Natural Scotland. And all last weekend (31 May to 2 June) around 40,000 visitors celebrated all things natural at Gardening Scotland 2013, Scotland’s biggest plant fair.
Over the course of the weekend at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh, visitors soaked up the glorious sunny weather and enjoyed over 400 exhibitors of plants, gardening and outdoor living.
The floral hall and large outdoor flower/plant area boasted hundreds of thousands of flowers to buy, while the show and pallet gardens contained work from amateur gardening clubs and schools right through to top designers and landscapers. And if that wasn’t enough, there was all the gardening advice you could ever need, a living garden, an award-winning bonsai exhibition and the big back garden – a part-family fun area (with bouncy castle!) and part-eco plot.
There was also a craft tent, food fair and a cookery and workshop theatre where leading chefs demonstrated how to turn Scotland’s freshly grown natural larder into a delicious meal.
And of course no celebration of Scotland’s plants would be complete without um…bagpipes. The fantastic Scots rock piping band The Red Hot Chilli Pipers treated the Saturday crowd to some incredible ‘bag rock’, while classic duo Chloe & the Other, the award-winning Forth Valley Chorus and Smile-N-Productions also performed in the sunshine over the weekend.
Not only that, but Scottish seed potato company JBA managed to smash (apologies for the terrible pun) the world record for the biggest display of different potatoes – 667 varieties!
If you missed Gardening Scotland 2013, don’t worry – Scotland’s national celebration of gardening and outdoor living will be back in 2014 from 30 May – 1 June.