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June 2018

Mindrum Garden & Kirky Cottage Garden, Northumberland.

20th June

A day trip by coach.  The morning visit is to Mindrum Garden, set among the Cheviot Hills, open only by appointment.  A 150 year-old garden with an abundance of old-fashioned roses, hardy perennials and shrubs, a rock garden, woodland walks and the river which is home to a wealth of wildlife.  A 2-course lunch will be taken here - the cost is included in the price. The afternoon visit will be to nearby Kirky Cottage Garden.  This is in complete…

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July 2018

Station Road, West Linton

19th July @ 1:15 pm - 5:00 pm

An afternoon trip, by coach, to Station Road, West Linton.  A delightful and very personal garden, lovingly created over many years by owner John Irvine.  This garden was featured recently in the Garden News Magazine, having been chosen as Garden of the Week.  Although 89 years old, John still enjoys working in his domain. The visit will be followed by a stop for tea and scones (included in the price) at Whitmuir Organic Farm, Lamancha, where there is a cafeteria,…

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August 2018

Beeches Cottage Nursery & Cottage Garden and Auchlochan Gardens, Lesmahagow

8th August

Cost per head £30. A day trip by coach to two gardens in Lesmahagow. In the morning, a visit to Beeches Cottage Nursery.  This is a family-run business, established in 2008, situated at 850ft and specialising in hardy cottage perennials.  There will be refreshments on arrival. The afternoon will be spent at Auchlochan, a retirement complex created from Victorian parkland, with mature trees along a river valley and plantings around the houses. There is also a picturesque walled garden with…

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Allotment Open Day

19th August @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Bridgend Allotments Edinburgh, Old Dalkeith Road
Edinburgh,
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Why not come along to the Open Day on the Caley Allotment and find out what the Allotment Team gets up to.  There will be a Summer Fruit Pruning workshop given by Caley Honorary President (and Beechgrove Garden presenter) George Anderson.  There will also be teas and produce for sale. Everyone is very welcome but the numbers for the workshop are limited so it is best to book to guarantee your place.  There is no charge for the workshop. Email:…

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October 2018

“Woodland Gardening” – Ken Cox, Glendoick Gardens

2nd 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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A joint meeting with SRGC. An acknowledged expert on Rhododendrons, Ken has a passion for woodland gardening and his latest publication is devoted to the theme.  His talk will highlight aspects of the woodland garden such as its history, famous gardens, collectors, management and cultivation and will also look to the future of woodland gardens.

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Apple Day

6th October @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Botanic Cottage, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Every year The Caley, in conjunction with RBGE, holds an Apple Day.  This year's event will take place on Saturday 6th October from 12 - 4pm.  There will be a variety of things to see and do, from displays of Scottish apples to apple tasting.  You can even get that mystery apple that grows in your garden identified! Everything takes place in and around the Botanics Cottage at RBGE, so come along and celebrate apples in all their glory this…

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“Patrick Neill & the Dons – Forfar, Edinburgh, Sierra Leone and Nepal” – Alan Elliott, RBGE

16th 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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Alan is a well-travelled botanist and horticulturist, with experience and expertise in plant collecting and fieldwork in Nepal and Bhutan.  He also liaised with RBGE and the community garden team that constructed and maintain the Forfar Botanists' garden. He has tutored courses in horticulture and run workshops on Meconopsis.

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November 2018

“Branklyn – A contemporary look at the Renton Legacy” – Jim Jermyn, NTS.

6th 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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Jim is well-known to Caley members. An experienced horticulturist and lecturer, he is currently property manager of Branklyn Garden in Perth which was created in the 1920's by John and Dorothy Renton.  Jim has followed their tradition of growing rare and unusual plants but has imaginatively reconstructed and updated some features of the garden.

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“To the Black Mountain – 80 years after Sherriff” – Dr David Long, RBGE Associate.

20th 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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David is a globally renowned RBGE Himalayan botanist and bryologist.  He is co-author of two comprehensive volumes on the Flora of Bhutan.  George Sherriff made a plant-collecting expedition to the Black Mountain in Bhutan in 1937.  David recounts his own experiences of more recent travels in the area.

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December 2018

“Craigie’s, we’re growing” – John Sinclair, West Craigie’s Farm.

4th 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 is the owner of Craigie's Fruit Farm, and Farm Shop, Deli & Cafe near Kirkliston.  This is a popular venue where visitors can pick their own fruit.  There is a strong emphasis on family-run events and experiences throughout the year. The talk will cover fruit growing and some of the ongoing education activities.    

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