Scotland's Rural College inspires contributions "from across the generations" at next week's Gardening Scotland

Work by students and staff at the Elmwood Campus of Scotland’s Rural College will be on display at the forthcoming Gardening Scotland event (31 May-2 June at Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre).

There will be contributions from across the generations, highlighting show gardens to pallet gardens and including a landscape dressed with chainsaw sculptures.

"Footprints to Success" includes contributions from nursery groups, primary and secondary schools and further education students, all of whom follow courses and programmes delivered by the Elmwood Horticultural Department.

"We believe that horticulture is an activity that can be enjoyed by anyone, irrespective of age, academic or physical ability", says horticulture programme leader Stuart MacDonald. "We work with a diverse range of students, from nursery teachers to commercial nursery staff, promoting inclusion, equality and opportunity."

A show garden has been designed by Elmwood lecturer Sheila Filsell for the Garden for Life Forum. The students working on the garden, which is funded by the Scottish Government, come from Leslie, Kirkcaldy, Perth and Glasgow.

Scotland’s Rural College emerged in October last year from the merger of Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge Colleges with SAC.

In the show garden area will be designs from the Riverside (Ayr) and Edinburgh campuses, prepared by students following an HNC Course in Garden Design.

The Ayr team’s "Garden Designers Grotto" is led by Barry Small.

Colleagues and competitors will be the "coven" from SRUC’s Edinburgh Campus at Kings Buildings. Their design is inspired by the witches in Macbeth and is designed by Jenna Stuart and her team.


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