Gardening Scotland 2014 - sucess!

I wrote a few weeks about my preparations for Gardening Scotland. This is Scotland’s largest gardening show, lasting three days, and we go to remind people of the plants which are good for bees. This year’s event was a great success, thanks in large part to our volunteers. Some of them have been helping us for several years and are now well experienced at speaking to the public. Others I had just met for the first time, but all of them brought their own knowledge (be it gardening, bumblebee expertise, event organisation or cheery chat) to the event. At some stages, we had all four of us talking to four different members of the public at the stall, such was the interest in bumblebees. So this blog article is dedicated to our volunteers, as we really couldn’t have done the show without them.

We were extremely lucky to have had a visit to the stall from the Scottish Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse. Here were are pictured with him (picture right).

As an aside, I came away with some new plants that I had promised I wouldn’t buy, as my garden is now more than full. A nice Nepeta (catmint) with large flowers and leaves, colourful lupins, an allium and member. A big hit with the public and the bees was the Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’, which is basically a cultivated variety of thistle, which has no sharp prickles and long stems with deep purple. I certainly had no room in my garden for it, so had to leave it for another day. I also joined the Scottish Rock Garden Club, and I’m looking forward to going to the meetings and talks they organise.
Finally, here’s a photo of the ‘Living Garden’ a garden that is designed with the principles of the Garden for Life Forum in mind – creating homes for wildlife and using sustainable materials.

I’m already looking forward to next year’s event…

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