Spring is here and Scottish Gardener is ready to celebrate the new season. We've been exploring some of the country's most beautiful gardens, talking to the people who've created them and finding out what it takes to keep them blooming.

In our first issue of the year we visit Logan Botanic Garden in the south west where bulbs and early flowers are guaranteed to bloom while the rest of the country is still shivering under winter conditions.

We mark the 100th anniversary of Glendoick Garden near Perth and talk to nurseryman Kenneth Cox about being the third generation plant hunter and gardener in his family and we learn from another nurseryman, Gavin McNaughton of Macplants at Berrybank in East Lothian, why Sanguisorbias make ideal garden plants.

Lecturer and garden designer Julie Kilpatrick shares some of the cultivation secrets contained in her new book 'The Plant Listener' and we are delighted to publish some of the remarkable flower images taken by fine art photographer Rosie Nixon.

Our new Garden Projects section is aimed at those with small gardens or indeed no garden at all and also in this issue we have introduced a new, regular feature on houseplants, which have regained their popularity after being out in the cold.

We share the excitement of the build-up to Gardening Scotland 2019. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the national festival of flowers, so it's exciting to hear what the organisers have planned.

As always we bring you gardening news from around Scotland; we follow the progress of attempts to preserve this country's wildlife; our Letters Page features feedback from readers and our popular crossword once again challenges the knowledge of even the most committed gardeners.

Let the growing season commence.

Happy gardening.

Agnes Stevenson,
Scottish Gardener Editor

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