For over 20 years Binny Plants has been growing plants in what used to be the old, walled kitchen garden of the Binny Estate near Edinburgh, Scotland. Peonies are their biggest specialism and they have a range of over 300 at the nursery. They also grow a large selection of herbaceous perennials and a selection of interesting trees and shrubs.
All of their plants are grown in peat-free compost. It’s a bit more expensive to do it this way, but they think it’s the responsible option; especially when the results are so much better than the peat-based mixes.
Macplants is a long-established, family-run business specialising in perennials, alpines, ferns and ornamental grasses with a large range of plants including many interesting and unusual varieties. Open from Mid March till the end of October and a year round mail order service throughout the UK. Amongst the many plants they grow are their highly praised autumn Gentians, including Gentiana ‘The Caley’ and probably the largest range of Meconopsis cultivars found anywhere.
The Mill Garden Centre
The Mill Garden Centre is an independent, family-owned and run business based in Central Scotland. Their priority is plants and they grow a wide range in their own nursery. They offer a selection which is particularly well suited to their micro-climate which is colder and wetter than either Edinburgh or Glasgow, being 600 feet above sea level. The Mill Garden Centre is proud to offer a range of homegrown stock including, shrubs, trees and annuals.
The Mill Garden Centre is a sponsor of the Caley’s Spring Bulb Show.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh delivers world-leading plant science, conservation and education programmes. Our mission is to ‘Explore, Conserve and Explain the World of Plants for a Better Future’.
The ‘Botanics’ in Edinburgh and its three Regional Gardens – Benmore, Dawyck and Logan – attract over one million visitors every year. Each Garden is different in topography, soils and climate enabling an exceptionally wide range of plants to be grown. Together they constitute one of the richest plant collections on earth.
Quercus Garden Plants
A unique plant nursery and gardens in the Scottish borders. They propagate and sell old favourites as well as plants that are interesting and unusual, but well suited to growing in Scottish Gardens. The nursery has a mix of contemporary, vintage and quirky plantings, borders and features and they re-use and recycle to create interesting features in the nursery and gardens and to inspire their customers.
Elmlea Plants is a small family run nursery in Newton Stewart, SW Scotland, specialising in herbaceous perennials and grasses. They offer a friendly and personal service and are always happy to provide advice to their customers.
Although the nursery is small, they are continually expanding the range of stock and can always offer a wide range selection of plants suitable for all conditions.
Visitors are welcome to wander around the garden to see mature specimens of many of the plants they sell.
Keep Scotland Beautiful
Keep Scotland Beautiful is the charity that campaigns, acts and educates on a range of local, national and global issues to change behaviour and improve the quality of people’s lives and the places they care for. They are leading the way on improving Scotland’s environment, tackling a wide range of environmental issues, from reducing the amount of litter on our streets to cutting the carbon emissions that threaten our planet. Their goal is to make Scotland a cleaner, greener and more sustainable place to live, work and visit.
SRUC – Oatridge Campus
Scotlands Rural College (SRUC) is a higher education institution that combines education, consulting and research in Scotland. Founded in October 2012 through a merger of Barony, Elmwood, Oatridge and the Scottish Agricultural Colleges. Students study land-based courses including horticulture, landscaping and garden design at levels from school, through further education to PhD on various sites throughout Scotland.
Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
Established in 1909 by Edinburgh lawyer Thomas Gillespie, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) is a registered charity which has been working to promote awareness and conservation of rare and endangered animals for over 100 years. In its original charter, granted in 1913, RZSS had the principle objective ‘To promote, facilitate and encourage the study of zoology and kindred subjects and to foster and develop amongst the people with an interest in and knowledge of animal life.’ RZSS also owns and runs Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park as well as supporting a wide variety of research and conservation projects here in the UK and around the world.
Discover Scottish Gardens
Discover Scottish Gardens was created not only to raise the profile of Scottish gardens in order to stimulate visits and support, both nationally and internationally, but also to increase the number of visitors to member gardens and related businesses and to create a collective voice for Scottish gardens as a tourism sector in its own right.
Friends of Saughton park
Friends of Saughton Park is a community group made up of volunteers who love Saughton Park and the benefits it brings to the community. They work closely with Edinburgh Council and play a key role in enhancing and protecting Saughton Park.
The Bistro is run by the experienced team from CEC-Catering. Working closely with community groups, including The Caley, the team use fresh fruits, salads and herbs from the gardens within their seasonal menus, cementing the Bistro as a must-visit destination for the area. For more information visit the website and follow them on Twitter @TheGardenBistro for the most up to date information on events and Bistro offers.
Green Field Marquees
Green Field Marquees strive to consistently deliver a product in line with the client’s requirements, whatever the size of marquee. Always delivered on time and following careful health and safety requirements. Their experience shows throughout the whole process, from the initial meeting and planning, to delivery.
Specialist compost and mulch suppliers. They endeavour to provide top quality compost, mulch and soil conditioner products allowing you to get the most out of your gardening space however small or large, by putting the best in from the start.
Coalfields Regeneration Trust
The only organisation in the UK dedicated to regenerating former mining towns and industrial areas across Scotland, England and Wales.
Scotland’s nature agency. They work to improve our natural environment in Scotland and inspire everyone to care more about it. So that all nature in Scotland – our key habitats and landscapes, all our green space and our native species – is maintained, enhanced and brings us benefits.
RS Macdonald Charitable Trust
“Our mission is to support our beneficiary charities to achieve their purpose”
The RS Macdonald Charitable Trust awards around £2.5m to charities in Scotland every year.