Image above taken in the garden at Mertoun.
This year we have chosen to have our annual Forum in the Scottish Borders. We feel that a visit is long overdue; the region is renowned for its wealth of fine walled kitchen gardens and for the skill of its gardeners, as well as for many splendid varieties of fruit and vegetables which, as their names reveal, have been raised north of the border. The area is also rich in glasshouses (in various states of repair), most of them having been made by one of Scotland’s most prolific and prestigious manufacturers, Mackenzie and Moncur of Edinburgh.
The Forum will take place over two days. Based at the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel, nr St Boswells, on the Saturday there will be talks on Scottish walled kitchen gardens. Speakers will include Kenneth Cox (writer and author of Scotland for Gardeners) Anna Baker-Cresswell (Gardening Leave),
Melissa Simpson (Gardens & Designed Landscapes Advisor, NTS), Kate Rycroft (Amisfield Walled Garden).
The following day we will visit a range of gardens in the area, both public & private, for behind-the-scenes tours with the head gardeners of Mertoun, Floors Castle, Harmony & Priorwood, and Philiphaugh.