The Readers’ Imagination garden focuses on how gardens have inspired famous thinkers and writers. In place of the rotating shed George Bernard Shaw once used to follow the sun, the students have chosen a winged Chesterfield chair, mounted on a turntable – which is where the model engineers come in.
The Edinburgh Society of Model Engineers traces its history back to 1894. A year ago they bought a patch of woodland near Livingston as a permanent display area for their working models, including steam trains and boats.
As part of their course work the students, studying for a BSc in Garden and Greenspace Design at SRUC’s Edinburgh campus, have planned settings and planting schemes for the society’s site. So when show garden designer Kellie MacAndrew needed advice on turntables the choice was obvious.
"Our design is based on the fact that gardens have inspired people to think creatively, so we did just that," MacAndrew said. "The model engineers have the expertise and they turned round ideas in no time."
The engineers’ society spokesman Peter Arnold said the project offered just the right challenges.
"We use miniature and small scale modelling to develop and promote engineering skills, so it was just a matter of selecting the right materials for the job. The society started after the Forth Bridge was opened so we have had years of experience."
Gardening Scotland runs from May 29 – 31 at Ingliston. See www.gardeningscotland.com for more.