Duntreath Castle’s garden show

DUNTREATH Castle, north of Blanefield, is going to open its gates to the public on June 15 to 17 to host Scotland’s largest charity garden show.

Set against the backdrop of the Campsie Hills, Duntreath Castle is the home of Sir Archie and Lady Edmonstone.

The gardens, which feature 20 acres of lawns, with herbaceous borders, ornamental lakes, a waterfall and bog gardens, will host 70 stalls and a variety of events over the three days including a pre-show gala evening, a youth competition and talks - including an insightful and amusing one on the topic ‘The Greatest Gardening Tips in the World’ by the BBC’s gardening presenter Steve Brookes.

Before the show gets underway a gala preview, sponsored by Brewin Dolphin, will see around 600 people being entertained on the Friday evening by the Band of the Royal Marines Scotland over drinks and canapés.

The Lord Lieutenant of Stirling and Falkirk Mrs Marjory McLachlan will be taking the salute.

The main show will open on Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 6pm. Money raised will go towards a range of charities including Erskine, Scotland’s Gardens, Canine Partners, Artlink Central, The Scottish Association of Floral Art Societies (SAFAS) and Glasgow Rotary charities,

Show organiser Nigel Dyson, said: “With a floral art show by SAFAS, over 70 gardening and gift stalls, hot and cold food stands, the famous Camphill ladies serving afternoon tea, gardening talks and cookery demonstrations there’s something to suit all ages.

“Rhododendron expert Willie Campbell will give talks and there will be a falconry display, a demonstration beehive and a vast array of plants for sale.”

Those under 15 years old can enter the ‘Grow Your Olympic Dream’ container competition, sponsored by Dobbies Garden Centres, with the opportunity to win trophies and a range of prizes.

Young people entering the competition will get to meet renowned author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson, when they drop their entries off for judging on the Friday afternoon.

Tickets for the gala preview evening will cost a minimum donation of £15 each. Group tickets for the weekend show are available in advance at just £5 each for groups of 10 or more. Tickets on the gate will be priced at £8 each, children under 15 get in for free.

For more details visit www.duntreathgardenshow.co.uk or e-mail nigel@garden-shows.com