The Discover Scottish Gardens tourism group was launched in 2015 with the help of VisitScotland’s Growth Fund to work collectively to raise the profile of Scottish gardens both nationally and internationally, showcasing the nation’s outstanding horticulture and plant diversity. Since its inception, Discover Scottish Gardens has attracted more than 130 members, including the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the National Trust for Scotland. It also includes public and private gardens, nurseries and related businesses nationwide.
With additional funding from VisitScotland in December last year, the group will be exhibiting for the first time at Chelsea, the world’s most prestigious flower show. The Discover Scottish Gardens stand can be found on Eastern Avenue 462. With its giant map featuring the country’s most spectacular gardens, and a backdrop of Scotland’s stunning natural landscape, visiting the stand will make for a visually striking experience.
To help tell Scotland’s story, staff will be dressed in Isle of Skye tartan ‘waterfall skirts’ made by Edinburgh designers Totty Rocks. The stand will also feature an eye-catching display of blue poppies (Meconopsis), a Himalayan native that is widely seen as one of Scotland’s national flowers as it grows exceptionally well north of the border. This forms part of Discover Scottish Gardens’ exhibition theme and perfectly showcases the rich variety of plant species that uniquely thrive in Scotland’s gardens. On average gardens in Scotland have welcomed 658,000 visitors each year since 2013*.
Lycetts advises clients both in Scotland and throughout the UK on all insurance aspects of opening a garden to the public, specifically in respect of liability.
For more information about Discover Scottish Gardens visit www.discoverscottishgardens.org