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The Caley is Scotland’s national horticultural and gardening society actively supporting and promoting horticulture and gardening in Scotland. The Caley brings together people who share a common interest – horticulture and gardening in Scotland. We support all aspects of horticulture and gardening in Scotland often working in partnership with others to reach as wide an audience as possible.

Our aims

To inspire, encourage and improve the science, art and practice of horticulture in all its branches. To advance education in gardening and horticulture for the public benefit.


Please note: because of the current Covid-19 restrictions, some of our events and activities have been altered or cancelled.  As soon as we are able, we will be back to normal working.

  • Twice monthly free Winter Lecture Series from October to March with expert guest lecturers and an opportunity to meet fellow Caley members.
  • Spring Bulb Show with awards across many categories.  Entry is free to Caley members. 
  • Day Visits to gardens and other places of horticultural interest throughout the summer.
  • Access to the Demonstration Allotment in Edinburgh which showcases good practice and offers volunteering opportunities to members.
  • Supporting development of the gardens at Saughton Park, in collaboration with Edinburgh City Council.  The Caley has an office, a teaching garden and a demonstration garden in the park as well as helping to maintain other areas.
  • Grow & Learn Awards for individuals with complex learning needs. Hundreds of individuals have participated so far and the programme continues to expand. Grow & Learn is an important activity of the Caley and your subscription helps us fund this worthwhile initiative.
  • Demonstrations & Workshops by experts on various aspects of horticulture.
  • Plant Advice from fellow Caley members.
  • Annual Awards Ceremony in recognition of the achievements of professional horticulturalists, nurserymen, gardeners and amateur gardeners at the annual AGM.


We have many opportunities for members to volunteer.  We have regular volunteering days at our Saughton Park base – Mondays and Fridays.  We have a teaching garden and demonstration garden within the park and also help to maintain other areas. There are always opportunities for members to become involved at Saughton Park.

There are also opportunities to volunteer at the many events that we attend such as the Dundee Flower and Food Festival.  Keep an eye out for email updates about these opportunities.

You could volunteer at the Caley Demonstration Allotment (Thursdays), take part in a ‘Dig Day’ or help out at a plant sale.

All opportunities will feature in the monthly e-Newsletter, in the Blog and will be sent out by email.  If you want to find out more, contact Julie Muir,


Exclusive member-only discounts are offered by Caley supporters such as Binny Plants, Macplants, Mill Garden Centre and others, Some will be regular discount offers, others time-limited special offers.  To find out more, log-in to the ‘Members Area’ of the website.  All of our offers are listed there.  If you do not have log-in details, contact

Join today

By becoming a member of the Society you are supporting gardening and horticulture in Scotland. New members are always welcome: from professionals to amateurs, horticulturists, gardeners or anyone with a general interest in plants, join us and meet with like-minded folk. Membership for an individual for one year costs around the same price as buying one cup of coffee a month! We believe this represents good value for money and allows the society to continue to make a positive contribution to horticulture and gardening in Scotland.

Please do not complete the application form if you are renewing your membership.  Please contact for alternative ways to pay for your renewal.

Costs for Annual Membership

Category Price
Under 18 £13
Individual £26
Family £32
Student £13

If you do not wish to complete the online application form or prefer not make your payment via Paypal, you can download an application form by clicking the button below. Simply print, complete and post to the address on the form.  If you require any further information, get in touch:

Gift membership

This is the ideal gift for the gardener in your life.  A one-year subscription for an individual costs only £26.  Buy today and give a gift that will last all year!

Click on the button below to be taken to the online form or, if you prefer a non-digital application form, you can download the form here.  We have two options:

  1. As on ongoing payment with a standing order option, or
  2.  As a one-off payment (membership lasting for 1 year only).

Corporate Membership

The Caley offers two categories of Corporate Membership:

Corporate Membership (A) – £65

Standard Corporate membership (suitable for larger organisations)

  • Listed in the Caledonian Gardener as a Corporate Member
  • Included on the Caley web-site as a supporter with a link to your website, (if appropriate)
  • 5 membership cards per subscription
  • 10% reduction on advertising in the Caledonian Gardener
  • 10% reduction on cost of stalls at plant fairs, etc.

Corporate Membership (B) – £45

This is a special discounted rate for nurseries and gardening related businesses who offer a 5% or 10% discount on sales to Caley members:

  • 2 membership cards per subscription
  • Listed in the Caledonian Gardener as a Corporate Member
  • Included on the Caley web-site as a supporter with a link to your website, (if appropriate)
  • 10% reduction on advertising in the Caledonian Gardener
  • 10% reduction on cost of stalls at plant fairs, etc.

Group Membership

Group membership is suitable for horticultural societies, gardening groups or any other group with an interest in plants. As members, the group would have the same benefits and access to Caley events and activities as our other members.

The cost for Group Membership is £45 per annum.  If you are interested in joining, you can download an application form below.