Scottish garden joins Chelsea Fringe line-up

National Trust for Scotland's Drum Castle near Aberdeen has launched a garden photography competition to celebrate being selected as the first Scottish venue for the Chelsea Fringe.

Drum Castle
Drum Castle
The Chelsea Fringe runs from 16 May until 7 June, while the Chelsea Flower Show is underway in London. 

Drum’s Head Gardener Diana Robertson said: "Chelsea is the world’s most prestigious flower show. The Chelsea Fringe is a way in which communities can celebrate the beauty and art of gardening locally, whilst still being part of the amazing energy of the main festival. We might not be able to travel the 544 miles to Chelsea, but we can still take part and be proud that we are the most Northern and first Scottish venue." 

To mark the occasion, Drum is running a Garden Photography competition. The team are looking for shots in three categories: My favourite gardener, a view of Drum Garden, and all that grows.

The competition entries will be judged by three noted professional photographers and gardeners, including the Trust’s head of photographic images, Marcin Klimek,  head of gardens, Robert Grant, and Simon Hall, who has his own professional photography business. 

Robertson added: "Spring is a really important time to celebrate gardens.  Everything is bursting in to life, and getting out into the gardens, listening to the birds sing for their territory, watching the first bees come back to the hives saturated with cherry and lime blossom, anticipating the beauty of summer flowers and the bounty of the autumn harvest, gives you a real feel good factor. It just makes you happy." 

The winning entries from the photography competition will be displayed in the castle during its ‘4 Ps in our garden’ which runs on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May. For more details, email


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