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Gardening Scotland 2013 Friday 31st May to 2nd June

In CategoryTim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

Gardening Scotland one of the most friendly gardening events around but what else would you expect from a show being held in Edinburgh at the Royal highland Centre, Inglistion Click here for further details.
This year’s Show features celebrity gardeners, Show Gardens, foodie treats and lots more! Visiting the show is a full day with lots to see and do including


Gardening Advice from the  Royal Caledonian Horticuural Society.  If you want lots of practical advice on growing plants in Scotland, then who better to answer your queries than members of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society? The ‘Caley’ is Scotland’s leading gardening society. Its members know more than anyone about growing and gardening in Scotland and you can find them at Gardening Scotland on their stand in The New Hopetoun Gardens Floral Hall where they will be ready to help with every possible gardening dilemma


Show gardens including the Living Garden – The Living Garden invites you to discover nature in your garden and meet wildlife and garden experts. Around 20 environmental organisations fill the Living Garden and provide visitors with advice and information on how to live in harmony with bugs, birds, butterflies and bees. These organisations surround the Living Garden Show Garden, which for 2013 will be themed on the Year of Natural Scotland.


RHS Gardening Theatre – The Royal Horticultural Society will be bringing a wealth of experience to Gardening Scotland this year with the RHS Gardening Theatre. Here you can take part in question-and-answer sessions with leading plant experts and enjoy talks and practical demonstrations by some of the country’s top gardeners.
Plant village – if you are into plants this is the section for you. This section is made up of a number of first class nurseries selling plants, a good place to find the rare and exotic or just a straight forward  bargain  !!
If you are traveling to see the show or planning to spent a few days in  Edinburgh then you should consider staying at one of the Holiday Inn hotels. Its our preferred hotel chain when our gardening experts are away from home. Always clean and staffed with helpful friendly staff

Follow these links for more information
Holiday Inn Edinburgh
Holiday Inn Edinburgh City West



We need your pictures on gardening, plants and wildlife

In CategoryTim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

We need your pictures on gardening, plants, wildlife, country cookery, landscape and scenery with our content expanding on the GardenAdvice.co.uk and MyGardenTeam.com web sites we always need fresh exciting pictures to go with our articles. So if you are a keen amateur photographer then send us your pictures on the following subjects

* Gardening – general garden pictures of gardens both large and small
* Plants – if you have an interesting picture of a plant common or rare then send it to us.
* Wildlife – birds and animals related to gardening
* Country cooking – for a section we are launching later this year on cooking the food you produce.
* Landscape and scenery – we have viewers all over the world that love to see different landscapes and scenery

For every picture we accept from you we will credit you with £3.25 up to a maximum of £250 to be used in our MyGardenTeam plant swap service to be used in exchange for plants from the end of September 2013 onwards for 24 months or you can use the credit to a full MyGardenTeam membership. For further details click here
The pictures we accept from you will be used on our GardenAdvice web sites, Facebook and twitter feeds. Where you have your own web site we will also provide a link to your web site.
In addition if we request use of your picture or pictures in one of our books or magazines we will contact you to separately to purchase the rights to publish your pictures in these publications.

To Send us your pictures please make sure each picture file is no bigger than 2MB and remember to keep the original picture files.
Email them to admin@gardenadvice.co.uk as an attachment with a brief description a maximum of 10 pictures per email
You will be emailed back within 72 hours informing you which pictures we wish to accept once we have accepted 10 pictures you will be issued with a special photography project MyGardenTeam online account free of charge to keep track of your pictures and your MyGardenTeam credit.

Watch out for our Photography competitions lauching soon

BTO report Bad weather conditions means late start to nesting activity

In CategoryTim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

The British trust of ornithology reports that this years nesting activity has for many species of birds been held back by the coldest April in 24 years but May has brought some sunnier days. Nest Box Challenge participants are now reporting the first Blue and Great Tit hatchlings and Robin chicks fledging.
The cold conditions that delayed many of our summer visitors also affected our resident birds, and many are now just at the beginning of their breeding season.
With the continued cold conditions this spring its helpful to keep feeding your garden birds and make suitability safe nesting site by adding nesting boxes in your garden for different species of birds. Providing additional food in your garden for birds especially such foods as meal worms with greatly increase the birds chances of raising a batch of young birds. Remember the more birds in your garden the less pests as the birds are getting up early to eat your pests such as green fly and slugs

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show The Greatest Flower Show On Earth

In CategoryTim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

A Quick Guide to the 2103 RHS Chelsea Flower Show from the GardenAdvice Team

Next week sees the start of the RHS Chelsea Flower show on 21st May until the 25th May. Without doubt this annual event created by the Royal Horticultural Society is the best known and most spectacular event in the gardening season and over recent years has also become a key social event in the London calendar.

Its a full day’s visit and its best if possible to visit over two days to be able to take in all the different sections that go together to make the show. The Key section of the show is a number of different types of gardens created within the show. This year as well as the show gardens included is Artisan gardens for Artisan garden designers where they must make artistic use of materials. Fresh gardens where Gardens designers have been asked to think outside the box as the brief for these gardens. Generation gardens designed and created to demonstrate different ways to use a modest-sized front garden plot.  In many cases the show gardens are the result of a year planning and preparation by the gardens designers and creators in a quest to be awarded an RHS medal which is a recognition of a designers and gardens skill in a number of different disciplines such as garden design, plantsmanship and the craft of creating a garden.

Although the show gardens are alone worth the price of the ticket,  greater rewards await the shows visitor by taking the time to delve deeper into the show and its participants.  Lots of new and innovative products are launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower show often by small businesses risking a year or mores marketing budget on this one big chance to impress the public.  But without doubt the the real gems of the show are the smaller specialist nurseries many of which have been coming to the show for years since Victorian times. Often the skill they display in the plants they have grown and the displays they have created is astounding. Among this years must visit nurseries are

Hillier Nurseries Ltd  Specialises in: Trees, shrubs, climbers & herbaceous plants. Hillier are specialist plantsmen, helping gardeners to achieve the best in their gardens, in other words avoiding the risk of failure. Through years of experience, expertise and knowledge Hillier can guide the gardener in his or her choice of plants to overcome the risk of the weather, of climate change or simply misguided decision. Most importantly, Risk is the title of Hillier’s creative Chelsea exhibit, which makes use of adventurous colour and texture combinations; Hillier is well-known for its use of these at Chelsea. Sculpture, water and surfaces will work to emphasise the theme of risk, but underline how it can lead to success when you know how to employ it.

Kevock Garden Plants  Specialises in: Alpine, bog & woodland plant. Kevock Garden Plants are showing alpine, bog and woodland plants with an exceptionally large range of material. On the rocky areas there are celmisias, cascading saxifrages and zaluskianskyas, while on the lower slopes there are the vivid blues of Meconopsis surrounded by lush ferns, punctuated by Dactylorhiza and Arisaema. Numerous Primula, many of them very rare, indicate the damper areas, along with Trollius and miniature Aruncus. Kevock hope to leave show visitors feeling that they have experienced a glimpse of the mountains and their treasures.

Kelways  Specialises in: Peonies & irises. Kelways are the only regular exhibitor of peonies, tree peonies and irises at RHS shows and have some of the most spectacular displays

If you are visiting the show then some planning its a good idea.

Getting to the show – the best way to get to the show is by tube ( the Underground ) to Chelsea Embankment

Leaving the show – Again leaving by tube unless you plan to do a lot of shopping then pre book a taxi and arrange a price the day before.

The weather – Its the British summer its going to rain at the show at least for one day so plan for rain and remember it can and will get muddy so wear sensible shoes.

Where to stay – London has a number of place to stay within easy reach of the show. However we always recommend our own visitors and clients when staying in London to use the Holiday Inn Group hotels. They are reasonably priced, always clean and are staffed with friendly helpful staff. Here are some links to our recommended hotels within easy reach of the RHS Chelsea flower show

HI London Kensington Forum

HI London Bloomsbury

HI London Regents Park

HI London Brent Cross

HI London Mayfair