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October 2019

Lecture – “The Ornamental use of roses in British gardens throughout the centuries”. Dr Phil Lusby, RBGE.

1st October @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lecture Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row
Edinburgh, EH3 5LR United Kingdom
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Philip Lusby is Course Director and Senior Lecturer in Horticulture and Botany at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. He has a particular interest in garden history. In conjunction with Plant Heritage he teaches a course on Roses, which covers their diversity, botany, history and cultivation and uses the National Plant Collection at Carolside, Earlston. He was awarded an MBE in 2015 for services to UK Plant Conservation and Botanical and Horticultural Education. For many who own and appreciate gardens, the…

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Saughton Sunday – Planting Bulbs for Spring

6th October @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saughton Park, Edinburgh Edinburgh, United Kingdom + Google Map

The Spring Show bulb planting workshops will be held on Sunday 6th October in The Caley Teaching Garden in Saughton Park. There are two options: the Full Workshop when participants plant 6 pots or the Taster Workshop, when participants plant one or two pots. This option is for those who would like to have a go but don’t know what is involved. The Full Workshop will be held in the afternoon at 2pm and the Taster Workshop in the morning…

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Lecture – “Friar Park – the Matterhorn, past and present”. Giles Reynolds, Head Gardener, Friar Park

15th October @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lecture Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row
Edinburgh, EH3 5LR United Kingdom
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Giles has been Head Gardener, at Friar Park, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, for the past four and a half years, overseeing and developing a high standard of horticultural work on this 35-acre historic, private garden. Friar Park Rock Garden was built in 1889 for eccentric lawyer Sir Frank Crisp and the estate was purchased by musician George Harrison in January 1970. The gardens and water features were designed by Henry Ernest Milner for Crisp, including a grotto garden, which also includes a…

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Halloween and Apples!

26th October @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saughton Park, Edinburgh Edinburgh, United Kingdom + Google Map

This is a joint event with the Friends of Saughton Park. Activities will include apple tasting and identification as well as workshops to plant bulbs to flower at home for Christmas or to give as presents. We have also noticed that some of the tulips potted and plunged as part of the Bulb Workshop in the past have not been easy to prepare for the show, so we will be offering workshop participants the option to pot and plunge their…

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November 2019

Saughton Sunday – Practical Workshop

3rd November @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saughton Park, Edinburgh Edinburgh, United Kingdom + Google Map

A couple of things on offer today: Hardwood Cuttings - a practical workshop led by Colin Ainsworth. Advice from the Scottish Orchid Society. Times to be confirmed.

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Lecture – “Byte-sized gardening – Three old girls share their journey from Pruning to Pinterest”. The Three Growbags.

5th November @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lecture Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row
Edinburgh, EH3 5LR United Kingdom
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Caroline Rham lives in Aberlady but has recently been creating a garden in the Highlands. She is a former newspaper editor and head of communications with public sector organisations in Scotland. Laura Warren’s career has included a 10-year botanical programme in Madeira. She now works for a National Park Authority and opens her garden in Slinfold to the public. Elaine Fraser-Gausden is a retired classics teacher and former winner of Daily Mail Gardener of the Year. She created a large…

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Lecture – “Benmore – Past, Present and Future”. Peter Baxter, Benmore Botanic Garden.

19th November @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lecture Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row
Edinburgh, EH3 5LR United Kingdom
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Peter Baxter is Curator of RBG’s Benmore Botanic Garden, the largest and first of its three outstation Gardens, which became part of the organisation in 1929. He has overseen many changes and improvements during his tenure of 24 years, including the recent restoration of the Golden Gates. This year it is the Tenth Anniversary of the Restoration of the Victorian Fernery. The talk will give an overview of some of the recent challenges and successes and an insight into proposed…

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December 2019

Saughton Sunday – Festive Florals

1st December @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
McHattie Room, Saughton Park, Edinburgh

This is a beginners floristry workshop led by Julie Muir.  We will be putting together a festive arrangement for your table. Numbers are strictly limited, so please register your interest with Julie (administrator@rchs.co.uk) in advance. There will be a charge for this workshop to cover the cost of materials. Please note:  the time of this workshop is still to be confirmed.

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Lecture – ” Planting Papas in the Para Para”. John Marshall, Fife

3rd December @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lecture Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row
Edinburgh, EH3 5LR United Kingdom
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John describes himself as having spent a lifetime travelling in potatoes. He is a member of the Caley and an entertaining speaker. The talk comprises a fast-moving photo show packed with potato stories and experiences from his journey in Peru in 2018. His adventures involved visits to Inca and pre-Inca historical sites, including Machu Piccu and the Parque de la Papa, with its potato fields at 4,200 metres. The potato park of 15,000 hectares was established to conserve the region’s…

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Christmas Event

14th December @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Joint Event with the Friends of Saughton Park.

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