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Scotland’s National Horticultural & Gardening Society

The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society has a long and impressive history. Established in 1809 by a group of seventeen Edinburgh worthies for ‘the encouragement and improvement of the best fruit, the most choice flowers and the most useful culinary vegetables‘, the Society has continued to promote all aspects of Scottish horticulture. Current members of the Society, many of whom are experts in their field, share a common interest in gardening and horticulture.

As a registered Scottish Charity, the Society seeks to promote, encourage and support a wide range of horticultural and gardening interests, including a range of educational projects.

Whilst we cherish our history, the Society strives to maintain a modern outlook, helping to promote horticulture to the next generation of gardeners and horticulturists.

Get involved!

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Cacti & Succulent Show – 7th July

Please note the change of date.  Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

This year, our Cacti & Succulent Show will be held in conjunction with BCSS Edinburgh Branch and will be a judged show. But please don’t let this put you off entering.  If you have a cactus or a succulent plant that you love and that you want to show off, please bring it along and enter it.  If you have no idea what it is, there will be plenty of people on hand to help you identify it.

The show is open to the public from 12noon – 5pm and entry is free.

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Donate to the Caley Glasshouse Fund

We are raising funds to build a glasshouse at Saughton Park to be used as an educational resource for courses (open to all) and a space to produce plants in, whatever the weather. Work is now well under way but we are still fundraising in order to equip the space and make it accessible to everyone.  Next time you are in the park, stop by and have a look.

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Members Page

Go to our members only page to find details of special offers, membership benefits and the recordings of our Winter talks.

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Gift Membership

Why not give a Caley Membership as a gift. It is the ideal present for the gardener in your life.

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Grow & Learn in Nature

We are not accepting new registrations for the GLiN awards but existing groups can still access the online resources to help them compete their award.

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Caley Videos

Check out our video library. Here you will find gardening hints & tips, guided tours and much more.

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Gardening with Children

Gardening is a great way to get children outdoors and to develop an interest in nature and the environment. For more advice on gardening with children and some fun activities, click below to go to our Gardening with Children page.

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Grow & Learn Awards

The Caley’s flagship award, recognising individual progress and achievement, in horticulture. Our awards are inclusive, individualised and offer life skills based education for all. 

Contact growandlearn@rchs.co.uk to find out more.

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Caley Recommendations

Looking for gardens to visit? The nurseries recommended by the Members of the Society? Or the plants recommended for Scottish gardens?

Gardening Hints & Tips

Visit this page for a mix of useful information, how to guides, useful books and website links.

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