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Scottish gardens promoted

The Scottish Garden Network is a new body linked to Scotland's Gardens, the book listing 670 sites that open for charity Scotland's Gardens. Chief executive Paddy Scott said: "The network will put on events trying to develop awareness and feature Scottish gardens across the world."

Plant scoops best in show

Dibleys Nurseries' Streptocarpus 'Bella' won plant of the show at Gardening Scotland. Runners-up included Rumbling Bridge's Primula aurantiaca x P. pulverulenta and Glendoick's new Ben series of azaleas.

Secret Herb Garden created

Hamish Martin launched the Secret Herb Garden in Edinburgh. The 3ha organic garden includes a cafe, shop, bees, cooking, tools, orchards, herbal treatments and teaching.

College students win medals

Scottish Rural College garden design students won a gold, a silver gilt and two silver medals at Gardening Scotland, with gardens ranging from a woodman's hut design to a futuristic space plot.

Guide book starts new trend

Garden bagging has become a trend thanks to Scotland for Gardeners (Birlinn, £20), according to author Ken Cox. He said garden lovers try to "bag" all 750 gardens featured in the book.

Goulding fills bedding gap

Goulding's Garden Centre owner George Goulding was a first-timer at Gardening Scotland, filling a bedding grower gap. Visitors told him it was great to see nursery fresh plants from Scotland.

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