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It's National Children's Gardening Week!


26th May - 3rd June is National Children's Gardening Week! 


What's on at Pentland: 


Plant your own herb container:

Saturday 26th May - Sunday 3rd June, 9am - 5pm 

To celebrate National Children's Gardening Week we're welcoming children of all ages to come along to the garden centre and plant their very own herb container! 

Growing herbs is a great way for kids to get involved in the garden and we have lots of lovely herbs they can choose from, including Thyme, mint, oregano, basil and curry plants! 

Cost: Just £5, which includes a bell pot, compost and 4 herb plants.

Pop along to the outside plant area any day from the 26th May - 3rd June between 9am and 5pm.


Children's Afternoon Tea:

Monday 28th May - Friday 1st June, 12noon - 4pm 


As part of our National Children's Gardening Week celebrations, our popular children's afternoon teas will be back on the menu again in Cafe Panola! 

Children can enjoy a beautifully presented and delicious homemade afternoon tea complete with juice in a tea pot! Always a hit with little ones and a great way to spend time on a sunny afternoon.

Our afternoon tea includes: 
Mini sausage roll
Mini cupcake

(Cost: £5.95. No need to book!)

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Welcoming in the wild

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...


Welcoming in the wild

When I was a teenager my Mum had a pet hedgehog. She fed it on steak mince and let it out of its box under the stairs every night to run up and down the corridor. She insisted it move in because apparently it was too small to survive the winter. When I grumbled that it was a noisy wild animal that was keeping me awake at night she’d point to the storms raging outside. Now I’d really like my own pet hedgehog, but it has to live in the garden.

You don’t need to give a hedgehog a home for the winter but there is lots you can do to make your garden a haven for wildlife at any time of the year. Let the grass by the edge of your lawn grow long for insects, build a bug hotel out of sticks and pine cones, put out seed for birds or plant nectar rich flowers to feed the butterflies and bees.

Our back garden still resembles a football pitch more than a garden but making space for wildlife has brought a lot of fun to our house this summer. The whole family has been frog hunting in a pile of mossy rocks scavenged from a nearby field and there are more spiders living there than I like to think about, we’ve cheered when they’ve snared midges and run screaming when they’ve moved at all.

We recycled a wooden pallet into a bug hotel complete with integrated hedgehog suite at the back, as yet unoccupied, removable glass-jar ‘observation chambers’, stacks of sticks and piles of pine cones all topped with a plastic tray planted with scabious to attract the butterflies. An old bucket became a temporary tadpole nursery; we sunk it into the ground and made shade with rocks and grass. It quickly became home to other insects too.


There are tadpoles in there.


Frogs finding their feet


Our bug hotel is ready for visitors.


The biggest hit for wild visitors though has been the wildflower meadow. When the grass was first seeded I sprinkled native wildflower seed in a strip at the edge. A family of grey partridges wandered up through the fields every night for a week and ate the lot. None of it grew. So we cheated and unfurled a beautiful roll of meadow matt. Right now it is bursting with red clover and heavy with nectar, the local bees buzz about looking almost drunk.


A wild flower meadow brings colour, bees and butterflies to your garden.


Gold finches, tree sparrows and even a collared dove are regular visitors to our bird feeder. I bought a little clear box with a perching bar and tray from Pentland Plants that sticks onto the window, it’s amazing to sit right next to it and watch the birds swoop in for a snack. Pentland Plants sell birdfeeders and seed in all sorts of styles so pick one, fill it up and wait for the flock to arrive. Don’t forget to give your birdfeeder a scrub with hot soapy water every now and then to prevent fungus from growing or diseases spreading between the birds.

One brave pair of House Martins built a nest in our kids’ playhouse, watching them turn and glide effortlessly through the tiny hole in the door was incredible. They abandoned it a few days later, probably in favour of a spot where no-one pretends to be a pirate.


Mud and grass woven into a nest in the noisiest part of the garden


The choices you make when you build your garden can help make your home a haven for smaller creatures too. As more land is turned over to housing, creating spaces that welcome in the wild can provide a lifeline to species that are struggling to find enough food or shelter. A pile of sticks bound with string is still a bug hotel, a container of wild flowers will feed a bee and a patch of long grass will shelter more creepy crawlies than you can count. That said, our favourite visitor so far is one I have to admit is not likely to wander into most gardens but he is very popular here and has helped to tame the overgrown kale patch.


Our favourite wild visitor

I’ve found watching a frog emerge from a tangle of grass or a flock of goldfinches descend greedily upon a feeder to be the most rewarding part of building our garden. I’m still hoping to meet a hedgehog and I’ve just found out that Pentland Plants has hedgehog food in stock, I’m not telling my Mum. I will send her a link to this video from the Hedgehog Preservation Society though, it tells us why now it’s more important than ever to provide a home for the lovely slug slurpers.

To read more about Hazel's gardening blog, First Garden, click here:


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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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2017 plant trials at Pentland - FREE event

22nd and 23rd July 2017, 11am and 2pm
Each year we travel worldwide sourcing new and improved varieties that will perform in the Scottish environment. 

We've been busy recently growing many new and exciting plants from six international breeders, which will be on display in our nursery.

You'll be able to view this amazing collection of plants, many which have not seen in Scotland before, and personally reserve and purchase any that you would like to take home!

 To book your free place, please email Carolyn:
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Discover our beautiful plants


Here at Pentland we are passionate about plants. As one of the largest growers in the country, we strive for the very highest quality; supplying vibrant, healthy plants suitable for Scottish gardens. 

You'll never find sad or sorry looking plants at the garden centre, and we're proud to have nearly 100 years of knowledge behind us, ensuring the very best products for your garden.

Here is a collection of some of the beautiful plants you'll find at Pentland this month...









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