Suntrap Garden


Evening Classes and Workshops for Autumn and Winter

As many of you may be aware Oatridge College notified us on Wednesday 9 June that they would no longer be involved with Suntrap Garden as they are withdrawing from using the garden as a teaching facility. 

At the moment consultation is going on with the National Trust for Scotland who are joint owners of the site.  The garden will remain open until Tuesday 31 August and may well continue to be open after that date of the college withdrawal.

It is therefore with huge sadness that we have to inform you that all evening classes and workshops are being cancelled as we cannot run them from Suntrap Garden and Oatridge College has decided not to transfer classes to their main campus.

We would like to thank everyone for their support over the years and hope that you have enjoyed the classes and that they have inspired you and relaxed you.



Suntrap Open Day

What a great day we had for the Open Day, the sun shone all day.

We had over 400 visitors and raised £700 for Perennial, Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society.

The highlight of the day however, was the visit by the Lord and Lady Provost who came for a one hour visit and enjoyed it so much they stayed for two.

Thank you to everyone for their help and support in making this such a great day.



Suntrap Garden Open Day – Sunday 23 May 2010 – 10.30 am to 4.00 pm

Everyone has been busy preparing for our annual charity Open Day, which again this year is being held in support of Perennial, Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society.

Our students, with learning difficulties, from local Day Centres,  have been busy planting up containers and hanging baskets.  As you can see they’re resting in the Mist House until they’re ready to go on display

and the beetle from last year’s Gardening Scotland arrived yesterday

just in time for us to plant it up for our big day.

Why not come along and join us.

It’s a great day out.



Flower Arranging Night Class

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.



Snowdrop Day at Dalmeny – 28 February 2010

Dalmeny Estates are holding their annual Snowdrop day on Sunday 28 February from 2.00 pm to 5.00pm.



Garden and Plant Sales

We are open Monday to Friday from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.   Please feel free to come along and have a wander around the garden and plant sales area.

Alternatively, if you would like to come as a group for a guided tour of the garden or you might like to host an event at the garden please call us on 0131 339 7283 or email suntrap@btopenworld.com.



How to attract bumble bees

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