Suntrap Garden

RCHS Individual Achievement Award

The students, who have learning difficulties, have been taking part in the RCHS Individual Achievement Award.  Over the past two years they have come along to Suntrap Garden one day per week.   During this time they have practiced a number of horticultural processes such as propogation, seed sowing, composting, mulching, planting containers, hoeing, weeding, pressing flowers, making cards, growing and harvesting vegetables and making soup from the produce, maintaining hard surfaces and wooden structures and lots more.

It has been a very enjoyable time for them and yesterday 30 students came along to the College and were presented with their certificates by George Anderson MBE,  14 of them gained completion certificates.

It was great to see them so chuffed and a big thank you has to go to everyone at Suntrap, RCHS (The Caley Society),  Oatridge College and Sodexho who helped to make the day such a huge success.


There’s still time to book a place on our evening classes and workshops

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:

(in association with the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society)

You don’t see this everyday


Gardening Scotland – The Results

Congratulations to everyone who was involved with Gardening Scotland.  Thank you for giving your time, skills and enthusiasm.


Oatridge/Suntrap/Perennial, Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society

Ann and the team get GOLD

Ann and the team get GOLD


Pinewood Day Centre




Cedarbank School



Blooming Beetle on road to gold

From –

Horticulture Week
05 June 2009

Flower power drove gardening charity Perennial and land-based college Oatridge’s clapped-out VW Beetle to gold at Gardening Scotland.

Co-designer with Oatridge horticultural team leader Ann Burns, Oatridge Suntrap Garden leader John Smith said the most colourful car in Scotland could now be recycled to make an entrance feature at nearby Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway.

Perennial Beetle

Gardening Scotland – Beatlemania

It was a hard day setting up the beatle at the site.

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Gardening Scotland – Getting ready for the Pallet Competition

We’ve been extremely busy in the garden over the last month.  Our gardening classes took part in Gardening Scotland.

We entered three containers – Blackburn Support Centre, the Portobello Project and Cedarbank School, two pallet gardens – Cedarbank School and Pinewood Day Centre and along with Oatridge and Perennial, Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society we entered a show garden.

Here are the students from Pinewood Day Centre preparing their garden.  The design involved an old drawing board – on one side was a drawing of the plan of the garden they would like to create and on the other the finished garden.

Pnwd potting

The students planted and drew the design themselves.

Pnwd making pal

Placed the pots into the frame on the design board and on the other side wrote down the names of the plants.

Pnwd finished

Julie and Gillian from Suntrap helped to set it up on site at Gardening Scotland.