Exhibition will have plenty on show

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SOME plants are beautiful, others are just plain weird but a new exhibitor at Gardening Scotland 2012 will be offering visitors flowers that he says are both.

Gardening Scotland is the national gardening show and this year more than 400 exhibitors will take part, selling everything for the garden, including sunrooms, sundials and seeds.

One of them will be Alex Reynolds, the green-fingered expert behind Pretty Ugly Plants and he will be bringing his range of carnivorous species to this year’s show.

His nursery is the only one in Scotland dedicated to growing sarracenias, or North American pitcher plants, which survive by trapping and feeding on insects.

Alex admits that opinion can be divided upon whether they are pretty or ugly, but he knows which category they fall into for him.

He said: “I think they are gorgeous and I’m hoping that many of the visitors to Gardening Scotland 2012 will agree with me.”

Dozens of top nurseries from all over the UK will pack the New Hopetoun Gardens Floral Hall at this year’s show, which runs from Friday, 1 June until Sunday, 3 June at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh.

In the Zero Waste Scotland Cookery Theatre, top chefs will be demonstrating how to make the most of Scotland’s larder using fresh, seasonal produce and showing how kitchen scraps can be transformed into the same crumbly compost used in the gardens and floral exhibits across the show.

Reducing avoidable food waste could save the average household £430 every year and taking simple steps like writing a shopping list, cooking the right amounts, and storing food correctly make a big difference.

From the Food Fayre to the Craft Marque; from great advice to recordings of The Beechgrove Potting Shed, Gardening Scotland 2012 will have something for everyone including children.

Not only do they get in free, but in the Dobbies Pallet Garden they’ll have a chance to get their hands dirty in Little Seedlings Club sessions.

Advance tickets to the Show cost £14/£12, and are available from Gardening Scotland website or call 0131 333 0965.

The Times & Speaker has 10 pairs of tickets to give away for this year’s top gardening event, for entry details see May 2 edition.