Saughton Park Master Plan

Saughton Park


Saughton Park has a long and interesting history and much of that history has had links with The Caley.  In the 1980’s, The Caley had a very active relationship with the park, having made a significant contribution to the refurbishment of the Winter Garden, and had a small office and store there. We continued to hold many events on site including plants sales, something well remembered and missed by many local residents. But the link goes back even further;  John McHattie, superintendent of Edinburgh Parks, who was responsible for transforming the park after the Scottish National Exhibition in 1908, is a past president of the Society.  In 1910 he recorded that:

The Park is now complete… The area enclosed by the old garden walls has been laid out in an ornamental manner.  It includes a Rosary, American Garden, Rock Garden and Sweet Pea garden.

By 1911, Saughton Park was nationally recognised as one of the finest public parks in Scotland.   Mr McHattie was a very active member of The Caley and was awarded the Patrick Neill Medal in 1912.  This is the oldest of our awards and is presented to biennially to a notable Scottish botanist or cultivator. He became Caley President in 1923 but sadly died later that same year. His legacy to Edinburgh and its parks is still very much in evidence.

The park today

More recently The Caley has been working in partnership with The City of Edinburgh Council and the Friends of Saughton Park on the restoration of the park.  Thanks to a successful Heritage Lottery bid, this project will allow the Caley to have a permanent office base within the park, with active teaching and demonstration gardens.

Unfortunately, not all of the elements on the Caley’s wish list are included in the lottery funded element. We would love to have a Caley glasshouse and potting shed, so we have much more work to do. The Caley’s aspiration to have a demonstration garden is not new. Since 1809 the focus of the Society has been to share knowledge and skills.  We have a very clear aim: to inspire, encourage and improve the science, art and practice of horticulture in all its branches and to advance education in gardening and horticulture for the public benefit of Scotland.

Get involved!

The newly refurbished bandstand.


Although the park is open and looking fantastic at the moment, The Caley has not yet been able to move into it’s new office. We do hope to be onsite soon, ready to put all of our plans into action.  Our members have been waiting for a long time to have a base to work from, but we will just have to be patient a while longer.

In the meantime, why not pay the park a visit?  The walled garden is looking incredible just now and the refurbished Winter Garden is beautiful.  If you can’t make it to the park in person, make sure you tune into Beechgrove on 1st August when you will be able to see the piece that was filmed at the park recently.

Herbaceous Border

Save the Date

Saughton Park – Opening Event

As we get closer to moving in we have decided we would like to celebrate. Together with The City of Edinburgh Council team and Friends of Saughton Park, we will be holding a Grand Opening Event.

So put a note in your diary for 31st August, between 11am and 6 pm.

Come and learn more about the history of the park, find out what is happening now and what is being planned by The Caley, the Friends of Saughton Park and other groups involved with the park.

On the 31st August The Caley plans to have a gardeners question time, gardening activities,  some activities for children and lots more.

We will also have  opportunities to get involved at the park,  whether it be a couple of hours weeding, a weekly stint in the office, helping with garden advice.

So come along and join in the fun and celebrations.

Saughton Park Gallery
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Saughton Park – Royal Opening 4th June 2019

Saughton Park – Royal Opening 4th June 2019

Saughton Park (work in progress)

Saughton Park (work in progress)