SRUC students buzzing After Premier Gold Award win at Gardening Scotland

Garden design students from SRUC have won the coveted Premier Gold Medal for their show garden at Gardening Scotland.

The Hive Jive garden. Image: Supplied
The Hive Jive garden. Image: Supplied

The bee inspired "Hive Jive" garden designed and created by 2nd year students at SRUC's Edinburgh Campus was the only gold award among the eight show gardens.

The students' entry aimed to promote gardening for bees and other wildlife, which in turn benefits people. The design highlighted the bees' crucial value in the pollination of important food crops.

Over 1,500 plants were used in the prize-winning garden design - with some raised from seed in SRUC greenhouses and others sourced from supportive suppliers.

The "Hive Jive" design was the brainchild of mature student Joan Sayers with a team of 10 students creating the garden.

Sayers said: "Our design uses plants rich in the pollen nectar bees need and promotes the minimum use of chemicals. The garden also informs visitors about the simple steps that can be taken to help these insects thrive.

"The whole structure of the design suggests a bee hive. The roof has been planted to demonstrate how unconventional spaces can be used to green up gardens and benefit both wildlife and human health.

"It has been exciting to see the show garden come together. Just like bees do in the hive, the team has really worked together and have learnt lots about the organisation, preparation and timing which has been vital to creating our successful show garden."

Dibleys Nurseries took the Award for Best New Plant Award with their Streptocarpus 'Amy' (pictured below).

New exhibitors, Ayr Bonsai group, were double award winners, winning both Best Floral Exhibit and Best New Floral Exhibit and Dumfries Flower Club were victorious in Best Floral Art Display.

The Alf Evans Award for Best Commercial Alpine Exhibit was won by the Scottish Rock Garden Club.

In total, there were six Premier Gold winners:
Ayr Bonsai Group; Scottish Rock Garden Club; Macplants – Herbaceous and Woodland Plants; Kevock Garden Plants – Alpine, Bog and Woodland Plants; Dibleys Nurseries – Streptocarpus and SRUC – The Hive Jive Garden.

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