Saughton Park Master Plan

Saughton Park

History

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.

Updates

The park is open and looking fantastic at the moment.  The Caley is onsite and has moved into the new office.  Whilst the courtyard is not  routinely to the public  it is open on Saughton Sundays (the first Sunday of the month) and in a few weeks, when the Garden Bistro opens it should be open all the time.

In the meantime, why not pay the park a visit?  The new winter border is looking really good.  There is something different to see every time you come.

Saughton Park Rose Garden

Saughton Sundays

We are running a programme of activities at Saughton Park called Saughton Sundays. These are held on the first Sunday of every month, and are a mix of talks, practical demonstrations, workshops and gardening activities for you to take part in.

We will also continue to hold special events throughout the year hosted jointly with our colleagues from the Friends of Saughton Park.

Check out the events page of the website for details of these events. We are just working out the finishing touches.  Details will be posted soon.

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

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