Scotland Grows Show

The Scotland Grows Show celebrates everything that is good in Scottish gardening as we join gardeners around the country to find out what grows well where they are, and pick up tips and stories along the way.

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Thursday Feb 01, 2024

Victoria George is the National Organiser for the Chartered Institute of Horticulture’s ‘Young Horticulturist of the Year’ competition, a competition open UK and Ireland wide to find the brightest horticultural minds under 30 years old, and in this episode, we’ll find out much more about what the competition involves, and how you can enter, as well as hear from Victoria about starting her own career in horticulture at age 35 and her advice to you if you are thinking of making a career change to the wonderful world of horticulture.
 
Victoria is also the Technical Apprenticeship Lead at SRUC, Scotland’s Rural College, where she has developed the first degree-level apprenticeships for the land-based sector in Scotland.
 
Welcome to the Scotland Grows Show, the podcast which celebrates everything that is good in Scottish gardening, as we join gardeners around the country to find out what grows well where they are, and pick up tips and stories along the way.
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Be sure to sign up to our mailing list so we can let you know when new episodes are published.
 
Scotland Grows magazine is our digital title which celebrates Scottish gardening, and drops into your inbox 6 times a year. If you would like to subscribe to receive a copy, just follow this LINK.
 
You can follow Scotland Grows on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, we'd love to have your company there!
 
And of course, you can always find your share of gardening goodness on our website at scotlandgrowsmagazine.com.
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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.
 
Whether you buy ROOTS for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, your £6 a month will go towards supporting Trust gardens and designed landscapes in Scotland. Sign up today at nts.org.uk/roots and use the code Grows24 to receive an extra packet of seeds in your first pack.
 
Find out more here: www.nts.org.uk/roots

Thursday Feb 01, 2024

Are you ready to fall in love with snowdrops in this episode with Helen Rushton, arguably Scotland’s Queen of Snowdrops!
 
Helen has a rural garden in Aberdeenshire with a snowdrop collection that extends to over 550 named varieties, all from a chance find of double snowdrops in the garden. The collection was awarded National Plant Collection status in 2020 by Plant Heritage and you may have seen some of those gorgeous snowdrops on Beechgrove. If not, check them out here.
 
The garden has won environmental awards and was the Gardeners’ World Magazine Wildlife Garden and People’s Choice Garden in 2017.
 
Helen volunteers for Scotland’s Gardens Scheme as an Area Organiser and has opened her garden, Bruckhills Croft Garden, since 2008, and in the spring for snowdrops since 2014 so you can go and see these beauties in her fabulous space. Find her garden here.
 
Welcome to the Scotland Grows Show, the podcast which celebrates everything that is good in Scottish gardening, as we join gardeners around the country to find out what grows well where they are, and pick up tips and stories along the way.
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Be sure to sign up to our mailing list so we can let you know when new episodes are published.
 
Scotland Grows magazine is our digital title which celebrates Scottish gardening, and drops into your inbox 6 times a year. If you would like to subscribe to receive a copy, just follow this LINK.
 
You can follow Scotland Grows on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, we'd love to have your company there!
 
And of course, you can always find your share of gardening goodness on our website at scotlandgrowsmagazine.com.
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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.
 
Whether you buy ROOTS for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, your £6 a month will go towards supporting Trust gardens and designed landscapes in Scotland. Sign up today at nts.org.uk/roots and use the code Grows24 to receive an extra packet of seeds in your first pack.
 
Find out more here: www.nts.org.uk/roots

Friday Dec 22, 2023

This is a special episode with a giant in Scottish horticulture. A man who’s career has covered not just gardening, but teaching, advising, writing, and broadcasting about all aspects of horticulture, north and south of the border. A man that a nation of Beechgrove fans took to their hearts, as well as taking his timely weekly advice, and a presenter who has won the Royal Television Award for ‘Presenter of the Year’.
 
For his services and devotion to horticulture and gardening, he was awarded the Scottish Horticultural Medal in 1982, the MBE in 1996, the Garden Media Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, topped off with the RHS Victoria Medal of Honour in 2020. This episode of course, is a chat with the legend that is Jim McColl.
 
Welcome to the Scotland Grows Show, the podcast which celebrates everything that is good in Scottish gardening, as we join gardeners around the country to find out what grows well where they are, and pick up tips and stories along the way.
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Be sure to sign up to our mailing list so we can let you know when new episodes are published.
 
Scotland Grows magazine is our digital title which celebrates Scottish gardening, and drops into your inbox 6 times a year. If you would like to subscribe to receive a copy, just follow this LINK.
 
You can follow Scotland Grows on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, we'd love to have your company there!
 
And of course, you can always find your share of gardening goodness on our website at scotlandgrowsmagazine.com.
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This episode is sponsored by Parkhill Garden Centre, a family-run garden centre and coffee shop in Dyce, Aberdeenshire.
Opened by Gordon & Helen McGillivray in 1974 with only £100 in their pockets, and moving the centre to Dyce in 1984, the 3rd and 4th generation of the family continue to work at Parkhill as they prepare to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the centre in 2024.
Open 7 days a week, located 2 miles from Dyce, Parkhill has won a Scottish Enterprise Award for the Best Family Run Garden Centre, and in 2021, they opened at a second location, 30 miles along the road at Turriff, bringing Parkhill to White Lodge.
Well worth a visit, it is always a good idea to support local businesses, and we’d like to thank the staff at Parkhill for their sponsorship of this episode.
 

Wednesday Nov 22, 2023

Welcome to the Scotland Grows Show, the podcast which celebrates everything that is good in Scottish gardening, as we join gardeners around the country to find out what grows well where they are, and pick up tips and stories along the way.
 
Chelsea Lowe is head gardener at Horatio’s Garden Scotland, one of 6 UK gardens built by the charity to nurture the wellbeing of people after spinal injury in beautiful, vibrant sanctuaries within NHS spinal injury centres. 
 
Horatio’s Garden Scotland, designed by James Alexander-Sinclair, sits at the National Spinal Unit in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Glasgow.
 
Chelsea facilitates garden therapy for patients and their families, harnessing the power of nature for wellness, and leads the volunteers team to care for this gorgeous space, which has such a positive impact on people's lives.
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Be sure to sign up to our mailing list so we can let you know when new episodes are published.
 
Scotland Grows magazine is our digital title which celebrates Scottish gardens and gardens, and drops into your inbox 6 times a year. If you would like to subscribe to receive a copy, just follow this LINK.
 
You can follow Scotland Grows on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn, we'd love to have your company there!
 
And of course, you can always find your share of gardening goodness on our website at scotlandgrowsmagazine.com.
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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.
 
Whether you buy ROOTS for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, your £6 a month will go towards supporting Trust gardens and designed landscapes in Scotland. 
 
Find out more here: www.nts.org.uk/roots

Wednesday Nov 15, 2023

Welcome to the Scotland Grows Show, the podcast which celebrates everything that is good in Scottish gardening, as we join gardeners around the country to find out what grows well where they are, and pick up tips and stories along the way.
 
Inverewe Garden is garden like no other. It’s a lochside garden amid a barren wilderness on the Atlantic coast in the North West Highlands. Aided by the effects of the Gulf Stream on the west coast of Scotland, amazing plant species thrive there from pre-historic trees like Wollemi pines to rhododendrons from China, Nepal and India, Himalayan poppies and Tasmanian eucalyptus.
 
Our guest in this episode is Maddie Geddes-Barton who works as a woodland gardener at Inverewe, and who’s passion for the garden and awareness of managing the landscape for future generations, and to the benefit of the planet, shines through in our chat.
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Be sure to sign up to our mailing list so we can let you know when new episodes are published.
 
Scotland Grows magazine is our digital title which celebrates Scottish gardens and gardens, and drops into your inbox 6 times a year. If you would like to subscribe to receive a copy, just follow this LINK.
 
You can follow Scotland Grows on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn, we'd love to have your company there!
 
And of course, you can always find your share of gardening goodness on our website at scotlandgrowsmagazine.com.
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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.
 
Whether you buy ROOTS for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, your £6 a month will go towards supporting Trust gardens and designed landscapes in Scotland. 
 
Find out more here: www.nts.org.uk/roots

Tuesday Nov 07, 2023

Clive Johnson-Cooper, winner of Gardeners’ World ‘Garden of the Year’ 2023, chats about his jungle-themed, urban garden in Stockbridge, Edinburgh. Clive has created a garden from scratch and the results of his passion, in his tiny, courtyard space, won him the Judges’ Choice vote. Listening to Clive talk about the creation of his garden and his bold planting choices is nothing short of inspiring.
 
Clive had his fingers crossed to win the People's Choice vote too, and since the episode aired he did go on to scope that award too!
 
Welcome to the Scotland Grows Show, the podcast which celebrates everything that is good in Scottish gardening, as we join gardeners around the country to find out what grows well where they are, and pick up tips and stories along the way.
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Be sure to sign up to our mailing list so we can let you know when new episodes are published.
 
Scotland Grows magazine is our digital title which celebrates Scottish gardens and gardens, and drops into your inbox 6 times a year. If you would like to subscribe to receive a copy, just follow this LINK.
 
You can follow Scotland Grows on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn, we'd love to have your company there!
 
And of course, you can always find your share of gardening goodness on our website at scotlandgrowsmagazine.com.
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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.
 
Whether you buy ROOTS for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, your £6 a month will go towards supporting Trust gardens and designed landscapes in Scotland. 
 
Find out more here: www.nts.org.uk/roots

Wednesday Nov 01, 2023

Welcome to the Scotland Grows Show, the podcast which celebrates everything that is good in Scottish gardening, as we join gardeners around the country to find out what grows well where they are, and pick up tips and stories along the way.
 
In this episode, I’ll be talking to Eli Appleby-Donald, one half of 'In the Garden With Eli and Kate'.
 
Eli tends an urban garden in East Lothian which she has managed to make beautiful and productive. She considers herself a perpetual learner gardener, and has spent the last 11 years learning by experience, success, and failure.
 
Eli is a digital education guru for a local university by day, and she regularly blogs and vlogs about gardening on YouTube where she has hundreds of videos all about her gardening journey and her top tips.You may also know her as a Scotland Grows magazine columnist.
You can find out more about Eli and all the fun of creating her suburban garden paradise on either her YouTube channel, website or Instagram.
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Be sure to sign up to our mailing list so we can let you know when new episodes are published.
 
Scotland Grows magazine is our digital title which celebrates Scottish gardens and gardens, and drops into your inbox 6 times a year. If you would like to subscribe to receive a copy, just follow this LINK.
 
You can follow Scotland Grows on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn, we'd love to have your company there!
 
And of course, you can always find your share of gardening goodness on our website at scotlandgrowsmagazine.com.
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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.
 
Whether you buy ROOTS for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, your £6 a month will go towards supporting Trust gardens and designed landscapes in Scotland. 
 
Find out more here: www.nts.org.uk/roots

Wednesday Oct 25, 2023

Welcome to the Scotland Grows Show, the podcast which celebrates everything that is good in Scottish gardening, as we join gardeners around the country to find out what grows well where they are, and pick up tips and stories along the way.
 
Simon Jones is a Gardens & Designed Landscapes Manager for the National Trust for Scotland (NTS), managing gardens such as Threave, Culzean, Broughton, Greenbank, Hill House, Geilston, Crarae and Arduaine. 
 
Previously he was Curator of Plants at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland based at Edinburgh Zoo, designing and constructing over 30 exhibits during this time.
 
Outside his role with NTS, he is a past Vice-President of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society, member of the Incorporation of City Gardeners of Glasgow, past Director for Gardening Scotland and now a committee member with Kinghorn Community Land Association.
 
Look forward in this episode to hearing all about Simon's work with the National Trust for Scotland.
 
Be sure to sign up to our mailing list so we can let you know when new episodes are published.
 
Scotland Grows magazine is our digital title which celebrates Scottish gardens and gardens, and drops into your inbox 6 times a year. If you would like to subscribe to receive a copy, just follow this LINK.
 
You can follow Scotland Grows on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn, we'd love to have your company there!
 
And of course, you can always find your share of gardening goodness on our website at scotlandgrowsmagazine.com.
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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.
 
Whether you buy ROOTS for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, your £6 a month will go towards supporting Trust gardens and designed landscapes in Scotland. 
 
Find out more here: www.nts.org.uk/roots

Friday Oct 06, 2023

Welcome to the Scotland Grows Show, the podcast which celebrates everything that is good in Scottish gardening, as we join gardeners around the country to find out what grows well where they are, and pick up tips and stories along the way.
 
Kim Light is well known on Instagram for her absolutely gorgeous cut flower garden, at @my_scottish_garden, but it is no regular cut flower garden that Kim has created in Wishaw, just outside Glasgow: she ripped up her traditional front garden to transform the space, and the results are just wonderful!
 
Find out how Kim consumed the knowledge she needed to get started and what she does with all the flower she grows from seed!
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Be sure to sign up to our mailing list so we can let you know when new episodes are published.
 
Scotland Grows magazine is our digital title which celebrates Scottish gardens and gardens, and drops into your inbox 6 times a year. If you would like to subscribe to receive a copy, just follow this LINK.
 
You can follow Scotland Grows on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn, we'd love to have your company there!
 
And of course, you can always find your share of gardening goodness on our website at scotlandgrowsmagazine.com.
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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.
 
Whether you buy ROOTS for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, your £6 a month will go towards supporting Trust gardens and designed landscapes in Scotland. 
 
Find out more here: www.nts.org.uk/roots

Tuesday Sep 05, 2023

Welcome to the Scotland Grows Show, the podcast which celebrates everything that is good in Scottish gardening, as we join gardeners around the country to find out what grows well where they are, and pick up tips and stories along the way.
 
Scott Smith is becoming a well-kent face as on our screens as Head Gardener at Beechgrove Gardens and a new presenter for ‘Beechgrove’ in 2023.
 
Scott came to Beechgrove after Head Gardener positions in Pitmedden Garden and Haddo House for the National Trust for Scotland. 
 
With ‘Beechgrove’ in its 45th broadcasting year, Scott and his team are always busy behind the scenes and in this episode we get the secrets behind the screen from the man left in charge once the cameras are gone!
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Be sure to sign up to our mailing list so we can let you know when new episodes are published.
 
Scotland Grows magazine is our digital title which celebrates Scottish gardens and gardens, and drops into your inbox 6 times a year. If you would like to subscribe to receive a copy, just follow this LINK.
 
You can follow Scotland Grows on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn, we'd love to have your company there!
 
And of course, you can always find your share of gardening goodness on our website at scotlandgrowsmagazine.com.
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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.
 
Whether you buy ROOTS for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, your £6 a month will go towards supporting Trust gardens and designed landscapes in Scotland. 
 
Find out more here: www.nts.org.uk/roots

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