Updated: Dec 31, 2020
Three million new gardeners in the UK after lockdown, according to the Horticultural Trades Association
Date change: Now three day event moved to Spring Bank Holiday
Event promises to be ‘Covid secure’
The inaugural Scottish Garden Show, to be held at Scone Palace over the Spring Bank Holiday in 2021, has just launched ticket sales and is set to capitalise on the UK’s gardening boom.
The Horticultural Trades Association estimates that there are an additional three million new gardeners in the UK following lockdown. As more of us spend time at home during the ongoing pandemic, we have turned to gardening as a way to unwind, enjoy the benefits of outdoor space with family and friends, take on gardening projects and experiment with growing our own fruit and vegetables The previous spell of home-schooling also allowed for parents to garden with their children as both a fun and educational activity.
The Scottish Garden Show will take place over three days and promises to be the perfect day out for gardening enthusiasts of all ages. Visitors can enjoy the historical setting of Scone Palace, ‘The Crowning Site of Scottish Kings’ and one of Scotland’s most prominent visitor attractions. The show will take place across the Palace Gardens including the magnificent towering conifers of the Victorian Pinetum. A line-up of top nurseries selling an assortment of plants, trade stands selling gardening products, gardening workshops, competitions, family friendly activities and a food area will be available for visitors to the show.
The event, which was originally set for June 5-6 2021, has been extended to three days to allow for additional social distancing and other Covid-19 safety measures, and will now be held across the Spring Bank Holiday on May 29-31 2021.
With Covid-19 set to be a feature in our lives for a while yet, the event, which is run in partnership with Scone Palace and events management experts Strathmore Events Services, will have all suitable measures in place. Strathmore Event Service’s bring a wealth of knowledge on virus protocol and event management that will be applied during The Scottish Garden Show.
Lady Mansfield of Scone Palace comments: “It is exciting to see so many people take up gardening during the pandemic. We appreciate the benefits of gardening in our day to day lives and we have a long history of creative gardening and landscaping here at Scone Palace dating back to the 12th century and most recently with our Head Gardener, Brian Cunningham who is a regular face on BBC’s Beechgrove Garden and who will be instrumental in curating The Scottish Garden Show.
“The event promises to showcase something for everyone, whether you are a novice or professional gardener, young or old, you are sure to find inspiration for your own garden during your visit.
“We are delighted to host this event in partnership with Strathmore Event Services and visitors can be rest assured knowing The Scottish Garden Show will have the strictest measures in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable day out.”
Tickets for The Scottish Garden Show are now on sale and enquiries for trade stands are now open.