Pentland Plants Charity Fashion Event 2017


Tickets are now on sale for this year's charity fashion event! (£5 each) **Call 0131 440 0895 to book.**

When: Thursday 14th September 2017, 5.30pm - 8.30pm

Where: Pentland Plants Garden Centre


Join us for a brilliant evening of shopping and fun and help us raise money for a really good cause.

Be the first to see our gorgeous new AW17 collections from White Stuff, Brakeburn, Lily&Me, Joe Brown, Lazy Jack, Powder, Regatta and many more.


£5 per ticket – here’s what’s included: 

- A fantastic 20% OFF ALL clothing and accessories (including handbags) on the night!* 

- Prosecco & nibbles on arrival

- Guest speaker Ruth Penman from Colour Me Beautiful will be sharing advice on colour analysis & styling 

- Wine tasting by Majestic Wines

- Gin sampling by The Rogue Society Gin Company

- Charity raffle (some FABULOUS prizes to be won!!) 

- Discover products from Younique Make-up and Doterra essential oils

- A special home grown gift from Pentland Plants 




Also on the night… our chefs will be extending the opening hours of the café and will be serving a special evening menu*. See our website for full details:…/fashion-even…

(Don’t forget to book a table when purchasing your tickets.)


**Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased at the garden centre, or call 0131 440 0895 to book**

we're all really excited about the event and hope you'll join us for what will be a fantastic evening! 




* 20% discount only available on the night. *Booking required for café meals.

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Fashion Event Evening Menu


Tickets are now on sale for our 2017 charity fashion event, which will be taking place on Thursday 14th September 2017! 

***0131 440 0895 to book!***

As part of the evening's celebrations, we'll be extending the opening hours of the cafe, and will be serving a special evening menu, which will be freshly prepared by our talented chefs. 

Here's a sneak peak at the delicious food that will be available on the night:

Evening menu

Supreme of salmon with a prawn & dill cream sauce, served with baby boiled potatoes and roasted vegetables.

Breast of chicken wrapped in bacon & filled with haggis, served with a whisky cream sauce, potatoes and roasted vegetables

Wild mushroom stroganoff with pilau rice and roasted vegetables


Cream filled profiteroles with a butterscotch sauce

Raspberry cranachan cheesecake with a berry coulis

Scottish cheese selection served with oatcakes and a home made apple chutney


 2 courses only £10.95. Booking required.
Please call 0131 440 0895 to book a table / purchase a ticket for the event

Full details of the event can be found here:





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Weed & Pest Control


First Garden - our new gardening blog
Hazel lives in a new build half an hour from Edinburgh. The promise of a garden tempted her from the city, only she's never had a garden before and isn’t sure where to start. She does have a book called ‘Garden plants of Scotland’, a kitchen spoon and a pair of rubber gloves though. In the First Garden blog we’ll follow Hazel as she attempts to grow her first garden with the help of the team at Pentland Plants...


Slugs, ugh.

You’ve planted your veg, potted your containers, remembered to water them and are beginning to admire the results when the slugs slither in.

The horror of discovering a wee beastie has munched your hostas or devoured the kale you were planning to eat for dinner can push even the kindest gardener to google slug killer.

Slugs, snails, caterpillars and larvae are as inevitable in your garden as rain. You just need to figure out what to do about them. There are so many options. Some a bit full-on chemical, others more in balance with your surroundings.

This summer I’ve tried impaling slugs on circles of crushed egg shells, sacrificing smaller veg plants to a ‘eat me instead’ distraction technique, a bowl filled with beer, picking out slugs by hand and then the long-term game, letting loose baby frogs for a feast. We nurtured frog spawn in a bucket on a diet of fish food and now they are scooping up slugs. 


The slug squad ready to eat. 


Slug trap and egg shells added after the munching began – don’t forget to make the lip of the trap level with the soil. 


After the slugs a march of snails, weevils, caterpillars, weeds and grubs follows. I have three young multi-stem silver birch in the garden that cost a small fortune. When I discovered reams of caterpillars tearing up their leaves I thought of the butterflies they’d soon become and left them be. Then I met my neighbour scooping them off his tree to put on the bird table. It turns out I need to work on my insect ID skills. They were lacewing fly larvae, not caterpillars, and they’ll eat the whole entire tree if you let them.

What have I learnt here? Get advice and stop dreaming about butterflies. If you have bugs in the garden and aren’t sure what to do about them Pentland Plants is a good source of advice. I spoke in-house expert Susie and her top tip was simply ask. Bug problems plague every gardener and there are lots of effective solutions, the staff at Pentland Plants can help you figure out how to tackle yours.

Everyone has different requirements, depending on the size of plot, whether your garden has beds or containers, fruit and veg or perennial and bedding plants. The type of beasties causing the problem, the natural habitat of the space and the other wildlife that lives there are all factors to consider in finding your bug solution.

If you aren’t sure where to start, take a picture of the bug and the damage it’s done then show it to a member of the team.

My Mum used to pay my youngest sister 2p for every slug she put in a plant pot and tipped out in a field. She always had the most pocket money and used to try to sub-contract the job to us older sisters for 1p a slug. She was loaded until we hosted a French exchange student who actually cried with laughter and called her the Dame des Limaces, Queen of the Slugs. There may have been slugs thrown. I told my five-year-old the story and he talked me up to 10p a slug before deciding he didn’t actually want to touch them. 


Boy v slug. The slug won. 


In a way you have to admire how athletic they are to reach the highest leaves. There’s a primal determination in their ability to get everywhere but that doesn’t mean they have to stay in your garden.

Bugs and how to beat them


Wool pellets: organic and with no nasties they feed the plants at the same time.

Slug traps: add juice or a splash of beer and wait for the slugs to plop over the edge.

Copper tape: Slugs steer clear as it gives them a mild electric shock.

Chemical option: Susie recommends Bayer Slug & Snail Killer. 


Snails live under foliage so check leaves in the daytime to find out where they’re hiding. Or potter around the garden in the evening, with a cup of tea or glass of wine, pick them off and relocate. Do run your fingers under the lips of pots as they like to snuggle in and hide, just watch out for spiders.

Chemical Option: Bayer comes out top again.


When you see the holes in leaves the damage is already done, the caterpillar has had his fill and moved onto another plant so the trick here is to check neighbouring plants and under leaves. The most effective method is to just pick them off but Carolyn says Bayer’s Bug Free Spray or Bug Clear work well too.

Vine weevil

Loves ornamental plants or fruit plants grown in containers. Between July and October vine weevil larvae live in the soil and gorge on plant roots then the bug emerges to the surface and finishes the plant off by eating the leaves.

Bug Clear Ultra is a chemical option that should do the trick though you can’t use it on anything you plan to eat.


Ripping them out by hand always works but there are chemical options too. Susie suggests popping in to chat to a member of staff to find the best option for your plot.

Greenfly and blackfly

Susie mentioned Rose Clear as a good go-to product. It kills pests and also tackles issues like black spot, powdery mildew and rust. She says you should always test it on a small area of the plant first. Liquid Seaweed is another option to help beat bugs and has the added bonus of nurturing plants too.

Susie’s chemical do’s and don’ts

If you decide to use a spray, wait until the weather is dry and calm. Wind spreads the spray and bright sunshine can make product scorch leaves.

Spray when the plants have leaves so it can absorb the product down to its roots. Be aware it can take two to three weeks to see a result.

Always read the label, wear gloves and use it exactly as directed to keep yourself, children, dogs and other wildlife safe.

If you use a product on fruit and veg you plan to eat check the label to be sure it’s safe.

The Royal Horticultural Society is a reliable source of advice too.

And finally…

Bugs and beasties are all part of the balance in a healthy garden. If you don’t kill them chances are a bigger bug or one with more legs will eat them instead. Though there’s one final garden bug I’ve yet to tackle. It did this to the mint – stripped all the leaves out the middle. He did then use them to make me a mojito so I’ve forgiven him. 


Mint plant rocking a skinny in the middle look

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2017 Scottish Outdoor and Leisure Awards


If you have a spare moment, please vote for us in the 2017 Scottish Outdoor and Leisure Awards for Best Garden Centre! We would really appreciate your vote!

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Cafe Panola: Snack menu for dogs


Dogs are always welcome in cafe Panola, and to ensure our four-legged friends don't miss out, we now have delicious snack menu available for dogs, which includes frozen yogurt, biscuits, and beer. They've been tried, tested and given the paws up by Carolyn's dogs, Pip and Sula and are available every day in the cafe! 


Frozzys Frozen yogurt for dogs:

Rich in essential vitamins, minerals and fibre, Frozzys® are the lickable straight from the tub, healthy frozen yogurt treat your dog deserves. 

Cooling and soothing, lactose free and low-calorie – they’re gentle on your pet’s sensitive digestive system yet so tasty.


Snuffle Dog Beer:

Snuffle Dog Beer is made in a real brewery in Belgium and is a healthy dog drink for dogs!

Made with beef and malt barley extracts it's the ultimate liquid refreshment, designed especially for dogs.

Don't worry though, it's not a real beer: it contains no alcohol whatsoever and it is non-sparkling.



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