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The public have a chance to stop the demise of Suntrap Garden
Suntrap Garden’s Open Day in May 2011 could be its last unless the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) and Oatridge College’s scandalous decision to sell the Green Belt located Garden to property developers is halted.
But all is not lost.
A group of representatives of the organisations which use Suntrap is seeking a rescue package by pursuing funding to run the Garden with the help of volunteers. And as part of the effort the Garden volunteers are holding a further Open Day as part of its fundraising efforts on Sunday 22nd May from 10.30am – 4pm. Attractions will include a sale of plants, displays, exhibits and demonstrations, face-painting for the youngsters, Eubee a snowy owl, gardening for children, refreshments and home baking.
Entry to the garden is £2 for adults and free for children and OAPs, with the money from that and several of the stalls going to the Friends of Suntrap and Save our Suntrap Campaign. Parking is free.
Suntrap is reached from the A8 and is signposted about half a mile west of the Edinburgh City Bypass roundabout. It is served by Lothian Buses services 25, 34 and 45 to the Park and Ride at Riccarton/Heriot Watt Campus.
Benefactor, George Boyd Anderson, gave the Garden to the NTS in 1966 as a place for horticultural education for those with small gardens – a concept well ahead of its time. He wanted the NTS to ensure it would be really useful to the public. It has provided advice and classes to generations of gardeners and, in recent years, has been a special therapeutic training resource for students with learning difficulties who find the place relaxing and rewarding.
Suntrap is well known in the Gardening Community. The Save Our Suntrap (SOS) Group, led by the Friends of Suntrap (the very first NTS Friends’ group) comprises members of national and local organisations such as Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society, Perennial, Scottish Gardeners’ Forum, National Bonsai Collection and Suntrap Gardening Club.
SOS is fighting passionately on behalf of the Garden. This community group proposes to continue to open the Garden to the public and reinstate classes but also has plans to expand the role of the Garden in therapeutic and other ways, including gardening space, providing the public with fresh opportunities to garden in a healthy environment.
SOS is seeking to lease the Garden to prove that it can be run effectively in accordance with the principles under which it was gifted as a legacy to the gardeners of the future. The members have support with the campaign from a variety of sources, including politicians.
It would be an outrage if this Garden is lost to the property market when there is a chance that it could be saved! With help, the sun could shine again on Suntrap!
Members of the public can do their part in saving the garden by showing their support and coming along to our Open Day on Sunday May 22nd.
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The new 10 week flower arranging course has been running now for a couple of weeks. The arrangments that the students have been making are simply stunning.
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The course was run by Irene Birse over 6 weeks here at Suntrap and each week the students took home a different and interesting floral arrangement.
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There has been a lot on the news this year about the hard times ahead for bumble bees. We can all do our bit to help, they need flowers throughout the Spring and Summer (March-Sept), and these need to be the right kinds of flowers. Instead of planting bedding plants and all the hard work that goes along with them, why not try growing traditional cottage garden flowers and native wildflowers. Many of these thrive and look superb in the garden. They are also easy to grow, generally being hardy and much more resistant to slugs and disease. Bumble bee species differ in the length of their tongues, and as a result prefer different flowers, so it’s important to grow a range of different things.
There are lots of plants to choose from, so why not start to plan your garden so that you encourage the humble bumble bee.
March – April
Apple, Bluebell, Broom, Bugle, Cherry, Erica carnea (heather), Flowering Currant, Lungwort (Pulmonaria), Pear, Plum
May – June
Alliums, Aquilegia, Birds-foot trefoil, Bugle, Bush vetch, Campanula,Ceanothus, Chives, Comfrey, Cotoneaster, Escallonia,
Everlasting Pea, Everlasting wallflower, Foxglove, Geranium, Honeysuckle, Kidney Vetch, Laburnum, Lupin, Monkshood, Poppies, Raspberries
July – September
Black horehound, Borage, Bramble, Buddleia, Cardoon, Catmint, Cornflower, Delphinium, Heathers, Hollyhock, Hyssop, Knapweed, Lavender, Lesser burdock, Marjoram,
Mint, Penstemon, Polemonium, Purple loosestrife, Red bartsia
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Flower Arranging Monday 24th August – 28th September (6 weeks) £ 75.00
Set of Workshops for both beginners & those who wish to develop their existing skills (Materials and flowers extra.)
Design Your Own Garden (11 weeks) £105.00
Wednesday 30th September – 9th December
Introduction to Gardening (10 weeks)
Thursday 1st October – 3rd December £ 80.00
10.00 am to 12.00 Noon on Saturday Mornings
£25 for booking all three workshops or £10 each workshop
(Cost of plants and materials extra)
Winter Containers & Hanging Baskets 24th October
Explore how to fill containers for colour through Winter and Spring. (Plants, compost and containers supplied at cost or bring your own.)
Gardens by Design 21st November
This workshop offers guidance on basic design principles to help you make the most of your garden.
Christmas Decorations 19th December
Help is at hand to create two floral displays to make the home festive and colourful for Christmas.
Be the envy of family and friends. (Materials approximately £25.)
To book or for more information contact Suntrap Garden, 43 Gogarbank, Edinburgh –
Tel: 0131 339 7283 (Answer Phone) or e-mail: email@example.com
(in association with the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society)
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The garden is open again on Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm.