Want to take up a hobby or learn something new

Suntrap Garden, in association with the Royal Caledonian Society, at Gogarbank have a number of night classes and workshops available for the autumn.

EVENING CLASSES 7.00 – 9.00 pm

Flower Arranging    £75.00
Monday 24th August – 28th September  (6 weeks)

Set of Workshops for both beginners & those who wish to develop their existing skills; limited to 12 places. (Materials and flowers extra.)

Design Your Own Garden    £105.00
Wednesday  30th September –  9th December (11weeks)

Leisure Gardening   £80.00
Thursday 1st October – 3rd December   (10 weeks)


10.00 am to 12.00 Noon on Saturday Mornings
£25 for booking all three workshops or £10 each workshop
(Cost of plants and materials extra)

Winter Containers & Hanging Baskets                  24th October
Explore how to fill containers for colour through Winter and Spring.  (Plants, compost and containers supplied at cost or bring your own.)

Gardens by Design                                      21st November
This workshop offers guidance on basic design principles to help you make the most of your garden.

Christmas Decorations                        19th December
Help is at hand to create two floral displays to make the home festive and colourful for Christmas.  Be the envy of family and friends.  (Materials approximately £25.)

To book or for more information contact Suntrap Garden –
0131 339 7283 (Answer Phone) or e-mail: suntrap@btopenworld.com)

If you would like more information about Suntrap why not check out their blog.

It should be pointed out that my wife designed and uploaded massive files on this post.

Is that good or bad Mark?  Did you want to design me something that looked good?

Suntrap Garden Open Day – This Sunday

It’s been a very busy month getting ready for the Open Day.  It’s this Sunday, 24 May, from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm.

We’re donating to Perennial, Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society.


It’s always a good day out with gardening demonstrations, advice, plant sales, children’s games and this year there will be a beautiful 18 month old snowy owl called Eubee.  For more information check out the Suntrap blog.

There’s an added bonus this year, Mark and I are volunteering in the garden centre.

Why not come along and enjoy a great day out.

Suntrap Open Day Sunday 25 May

We’ve all been busy at Suntrap getting ready for the annual open day next Sunday. If you’d like to visit it’s on between 10.30 am and 4.30 pm.

There will be demonstrations on how to plant up hanging baskets and containers. Of course, if you can’t be bothered with the hassle of doing it yourself you could simply buy one. There’s also a demonstration from the Scottish Bonsai Association who house their collection of bonsai’s at Suntrap.

You might simply just fancy a stroll through the grounds looking at the beautiful plants and statues.

Or have a wee seat with a cup of tea and some home baking and watch the world go by.  Whatever, we’d love to see you there. If you would like more information have a look at the blog.

Suntrap Garden Open Day – 25th May

Jeana works at Suntrap Garden near Ratho.

So, I’d like to suggest that you make a date in your diary for a trip out for its Open Day on 25th May, 10.30 am – 4.30 pm.  If the weather stays like it is just now it’ll be a fantastic day out in a beautiful spot with money going to charity.

Here’s the link.

These shots were taken last year at the Open day.

Now for some relaxation

Mark seems to be on a bit of a rant. It’s that holiday feeling he gets.

If any of you are looking for something a bit more relaxing and your thoughts are turning to outdoors and the garden, Suntrap is running a couple of short gardening courses. They’re very informative and good fun, just phone the college and sign up.

Saturday morning courses run from 10 am to 12 Noon at only £6 plus materials. On Saturday 12 April, you can learn all about Bonsai’s, run by the Scottish Bonsai Association, and you’ll come away with your own bonsai. You can make your own Summer hanging basket or container on the 24th of May.


Alternatively, you might be interested in two evening classes:

A How to Design your Garden course starts on Wednesday 16 April – 2 July for 13 weeks and costs £95.00. – great if you’ve got either a brand new garden with nothing in it or an area that you want to do something with and you don’t know how to get started.

Amateur Gardening – which is the one I started with many years ago – runs on a Thursday evening from 7.00 – 9.00 pm from the 24 April – 26 June and costs £75.00 plus materials.

You can take part in as many of the courses as you like.

So, if you’re in the gardening mood. Check out the Suntrap site or blog.

Spring has sprung

Some people might think we know that spring has sprung because the snowdrops are flowering,



Daffodils are beginning to pop their heads out of the ground and flower,


But I think it’s when you can get your washing back out on the line in the garden.


And, as my father-in-law, Peter Gorman, used to say “There’s nothing better than watching your washing blowing in God’s good wind.”.



For the fourth year in a row South Queensferry won the Neighbourhood/Community Category in the Keep Edinburgh Growing Competiton.



We were awarded second prize for best street for Mid and West Terrace.


Ferry Tap won for best commercial property and Echline Primary School were awarded for school garden.

I would like to thank all the community who have helped on Greenferry planting and clean up days and for looking after the area throughout the year.

I think we all need a drink in the Tap to celebrate.