Thursday Apr 18, 2024

Discover Scottish Gardens with Dougal Philip

Season 5 of the Scotland Grows Show kicks off with horticultural heavyweight Dougal Philip taking us on a Director's journey through the thriving community of over 120 member gardens united under Discover Scottish Gardens.
We unfold the map to these botanical beauties and discuss how this organisation not only markets, but supports member gardens throughout the seasons and encourages a slow tourism approach by immersing yourself in garden visiting clusters.
Dougal gives us a glimpse into his favourite gardens to visit and shares his long-standing involvement with Discover Scottish Gardens and Scotland’s Garden Scheme; his journey from a landscape gardener to managing New Hopetoun Gardens; his approach to garden judging, and the insights gained from decades of experience in Scottish horticulture.
Dougal has great tips to share on the importance of having seating in the garden and of creating stunning garden views from your home. Plus, he reveals his top three plant picks which is sure to inspire you.

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This series is sponsored by ROOTS, a subscription from the National Trust for Scotland which helps both your garden and Trust gardens thrive.

For £6 a month you will be sent a ROOTS pack every six weeks, with gardening gifts, including Scottish seeds six times a year, stories about Scotland’s plant life, and tips from  expert Trust gardeners, as well as an invitation to two exclusive ROOTS events a year with the Trust gardens team.

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