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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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Saughton Park Bandstand

Saughton Park

The Caley now has a new home within Saughton Park in Edinburgh.  We have an office and maintain a number of areas within the walled garden.  We also have a teaching area and demonstration beds that feature ideas that you can transfer to your own garden.  We offer a range of classes and workshops, both for the beginner and the more experienced gardener.

We are hoping to build a glasshouse within our teaching area and fundraising is well underway to raise money for this.  If you would like to find out more, please click on the button below to go to the Saughton Park page of the website.

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Caley Videos

If you enjoyed our latest video, why not have a look back at some of our earlier offerings.

Check back regularly to see what is happening – we have great things planned!  As it looks like we won’t be able to offer practical workshops any time soon, we have a series of films planned covering a range of subjects.

All we need now is the time to film them.  Many thanks to everyone who contributes their time and skills to the making of these videos. Here at The Caley  we are very fortunate to have members with a broad range of skills and we appreciate all that they do for us.

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Spring Bulb Show

Our Spring Show will once again be a virtual affair. Click on “find out more” to be taken to the Spring Show page where you can find out how to take part.

The Caley holds an annual Spring Bulb Show that is open to all.  This is a fun event with a variety of categories to enter.  So, if you are an experienced exhibitor, are just starting out in your competition career or simply want to look at some beautiful blooms, join us for an interesting weekend.

We also hold an annual Junior Groups Competition. This special section is open to schools and groups such as Brownies, Cubs etc. if you would like to register your group to take part, email schoolspringshow@rchs.co.uk.

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Virtual Spring Shows

Our Spring Shows are once again are virtual affair.  Whilst we would much prefer to be able to host a physical show, seeing all of the entries in a video format comes a very close second.  Thank you to everyone that sent in entries and to our fantastic video editor, Pam Whittle, for all of her hard work.

All of the entries can be viewed on our Virtual Spring Show 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. 

‘I’ve enjoyed watching members of my team at Scone Palace achieve their Grow and Learn Award, developing skills required to understand and work with nature, growing in confidence and beaming with pride on completion.’

Brian Cunningham Head Gardener,
Scone Palace, Perth

Learn about

  • Seasonal, practical horticultural activities.
  • Other topics that interest you, such as cooking, arts and craft, garden maintenance or biodiversity, the list is endless.
  • Developing personal life skills and setting your own goals. 

What you achieve

  • Awarded The Caley’s ‘Certificate of Horticultural Achievement’.
  • A portfolio of your work to evidence all you have achieved.

Contact caleygrowandlearn@gmail.com to find out more. @caleygrowlearn

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Grow & Learn in Nature (GLiN) Award

A project-based award, helping you to make your outdoor space more nature friendly. An award that can be achieved at a gardening project, at home, on a balcony or sunny window ledge. 

‘A tremendous addition to the Grow and Learn Awards already developed by The Caley, discovering our green spaces and natural environment and offering opportunities for meaningful engagement with nature. A fantastic development.’

John Smith
Horticultural Education Advisor

Learn about

  • How to make your outdoors space more nature friendly.
  • Developing your skills in biodiversity, plant care, soil health, propagation and so much more. 

What you achieve

  • Awarded The Caley’s GLiN ‘Certificate of Achievement’.
  • A portfolio of your work to evidence all you have achieved.
  • Gain new gardening skills that work in harmony with nature.

Contact caleygrowandlearn@gmail.com to find out more. @caleygrowlearn

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Cowden Castle Japanese Garden

Caley Recommendations

Looking for gardens to visit? The nurseries recommended by the Members of the Society? Or the plants recommended for Scottish gardens? Visit The Caley Recommendations page by clicking the button below!

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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. Growing and picking their own fruit and veg is a great way to encourage children to eat more of them. If you have the space in your garden, why not give them a small patch of their own to look after?  Even if you only have a windowbox, you can still encourage children to grow and look after some herbs or salad crops.

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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Plants in Season

There is always a plant of interest to look out for in Scotland.  Whether it be for its flowers, fruits, foliage or interesting shape, there is a plant for every season.

Keep checking back to see what you should be looking out for at any given time of the year, both in your garden and in the wider environment.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates

Coronavirus is presenting us with unprecedented challenges, challenges which the Caley is taking very seriously.  We are keeping up to date with Scottish Government advice and how that affects The Caley.

The Caley has had to make many changes to its events and activities programme. As restrictions ease, we hope to be able to offer more opportunities for our members to take part in face-to-face activities.  All up-to-date information will be on the website and will also be posted on our Facebook page.

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