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.
Glendoick Garden Centre
Glendoick Gardens – Rhododendron Specialist Nursery was founded in 1953 by Peter & Euan Cox. Glendoick is now run by 3rd Generation Kenneth Cox and Jane Cox. Glendoick is world famous for Rhododendrons & Azaleas.
Peter & Kenneth Cox have written 20 books on rhododendrons, plant hunting & Scottish gardening, raised over 50 new hybrid rhododendrons & azaleas and introduced many species from their plant hunting expeditions.
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.
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.
SRUC – Oatridge Campus
Scotland’s Rural College – winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2017 – supports innovation and sustainable development in agriculture and the rural sector in Britain and internationally. They are one of the UK’s leading agriculturally-focused higher education institutions, offering a unique blend of research, education and consultancy.
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.
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. Through their work they aim to help people to change the way they think about the environment and encourage them to take action to improve and protect it. Their goal is to make Scotland a cleaner, greener and more sustainable place to live, work and visit.
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. They also want to help the community engage with Edinburgh Council on their current project to restore and improve Saughton Park.
In Spring 2020 the new Garden Bistro will be opening in Saughton Park. The experienced team at CEC-Catering will be running the new bistro which is sure to be a hit with visitors and locals alike. The team are investing in the exciting new building to offer both a seated table-service restaurant offering and a park-facing servery. Working closely with community groups, including The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society, the team will be using 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 www.TheGardenBistro.co.
The Bistro will be fully open from Friday 27th March Thursday-Saturday 8am – 10 pm (park servery 8-10 am only) and Sunday – Wednesday 8-6 pm (servery 8-10 am only).
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.
Specialist compost and mulch suppliers.
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.