Be Inspired by this Year’s Gardening Scotland Show

Make this the year that your garden truly flourishes, with help from Gardening Scotland 2014. If you want to find the best plants, catch the latest gardening trends, find a designer to transform your own garden or ask the experts about anything from growing vegetables to keeping bees, then this is the one Show that you won’t want to miss!

The national gardening and outdoor living show returns from Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June to the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh. The show combines the biggest and best plant fayre in the country with a line-up of experts ready to give advice on all questions about growing and gardening. If you want lots of practical advice on growing plants in Scotland, then who better to answer your queries than members of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society?

Dozens of top nurseries from across the UK will fill the New Hopetoun Gardens Floral Hall with impressive floral displays and they’ll be selling the sorts of top quality and often very rare plants that just can’t be found anywhere else.

Along The David Wilson Homes Show Garden Avenue, leading designers will be creating inspirational gardens, filled with great ideas to recreate at home and there will be expert advice from members of both The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society and the RHS.

The Big Back Garden first made an appearance at Gardening Scotland a few years ago, but it has put down roots so firmly and proved to be such a popular attraction with visitors that without the Big Back Garden the Show just wouldn’t be the same.

Part family fun area and part eco-plot, it brings together everything that many people want from their garden at home – a place for the kids to play, somewhere to relax on warm days and space to raise a few vegetables for the pot.

The Food Fayre is one of the most popular areas at Gardening Scotland and is where you can find small producers selling hand-made chocolates, succulent sausages, farm-produced cider and many other delicious foods to sample and take home with you. Or come and take a seat in Albert Bartlett Cookery Theatre, run by the Federation of Chefs Scotland, where leading chefs such as Paul Wedgwood and Mark Greenaway will be on stage throughout the three days of the Show.

In total more than 400 exhibitors will take part, selling everything from tools and fashionable garden furniture to pots, plants and all the accessories you need for a beautiful garden.

The show takes place from Friday, 30 May until Sunday, 1 June at The Royal Highland Centre Edinburghand advance tickets are on sale now. Friday tickets cost £15 in advance or £17 on the gate. Saturday or Sunday tickets cost £13 in advance or £15 on the gate. See website for terms and conditions.

But Lothian Life has a pair of tickets to give away to a lucky reader. Just tell us who sponsors the main floral hall and your name and email address will be entered into the competition. Your tickets will be emailed to you on Thursday night.

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