WELCOME to the early autumn issue of Scottish Gardener. This summer has not exactly been a scorcher but at least nothing has died because of lack of water. The Covid crisis may have taken the focus off climate change, but it is still happening and in this issue we visit Threave Garden in Castle Douglas where planning for erratic weather is all part of the job for head gardener, Michael Lawrie.

Predicting the future is tricky, but plants have a lot to tell us about what’s happened in the past and Maxine Ross has made some surprising discoveries during her studies into the ancient yew trees that grow along the Clyde Valley.

As we rediscover the joys of getting out and about, we’ve put together a guide on some of the very best gardens to visit across Scotland. Whether your staycation is taking you along the Northwest 500 or deep into the Borders, we’ve got it covered with suggestions of wonderful gardens to visit along the way.

Someone who doesn’t need to go far for a spot of R&R is John Amabile. The celebrity design guru has taken his interiors magic out of doors and transformed his garden in Milngavie into a luxury lounge, with seating areas, a bar and even a garden room where he can get away from it all without leaving home.

If your idea of heaven is a plot filled with homegrown veg, then we’ve got ideas on how to keep the crops coming into autumn and beyond, while down on her allotment, Alison Swanson has been exploring soft fruit options and coming up with her pick of the berries.

And we will be looking back at Lockdown to find out what impact it has had on the way we garden.

So whether you are ready to roam or would prefer to stay at home, Scottish Gardener can help you to make the most of your plans.

Agnes Stevenson,
Scottish Gardener Editor

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