Getting ready for the Flower Show #2 - Preserves

Chased out of the garden by the rain and in a bid to be super organised for the Flower Show this year, I thought I'd have a go at making jam today. Thinking back to my previous efforts - like last year's rhubarb and ginger effort which I knocked up in a hurry the night before the show and slightly burnt in the process - it tasted OK but was unplaced in the judging, if you're interested :) - I thought a bit of extra time for troubleshooting would be a good idea. As I don't have a particularly sweet tooth, I thought I'd go for the Chilli Jam category so have had a lovely afternoon bubbling away in the kitchen while it rained outside. Turns out the extra troubleshooting time was a good ide

Things to do this summer holiday - children's entries for the flower show!

There are loads of ideas for children of all ages to enter in the flower show this year and to keep small (and bigger) hands busy throughout the summer holidays, including baking, crafting and painting. Click here for a list of classes for children to enter Not just for children, the scarecrow competition is back again this year and you can enter as an individual, a family or how about as a local business? (who can forget Anna Mather's award winning scarecrow from 2 years ago). Entry categories are: - Mini scarecrows (under 16yrs only) • Best dressed scarecrow • Scariest scarecrow • People’s Choice Children are also welcome to enter in any of the industrial and horticultural categories.

Only a month until the Flower Show!

But still plenty of time to get your entries ready - not just flowers, fruit and veg but home made produce, baking and crafts. Also returning will be the scarecrow competition and new for this year, a dog show. Have a look here - Flower Show  - for everything you need to know on how and what to enter and we’ll be posting reminders in the coming weeks. Gifford Flower Show - 18-19 August 2018

Fabulous day for Gifford Open Gardens

And a very enjoyable day it was too, with a beautiful sunny afternoon, loads of visitors and a lovely buzz about the village. And also some lovely products and plants from Lothian Lavender and Macplants. Thanks to all the garden openers for sharing all your wonderful gardens!

Gardening in other communities

Visiting Linlithgow as part of their ‘Burgh Beautiful’ initiative recently, I was interested to see some of the public gardens around the town, all planted up by local people for the last two years, since the council has been unable to continue due to budget cuts. I think we're very lucky in East Lothian that public planting is still well supported by the Council. Hand made log fencing has been created to keep the swans off this communal garden! One of two 'physic garden' beds in front of the medical centre on the main street One of three crocodiles lurking in a lovely herbaceous border by the loch car park - could have slithered in from the loch! and the serpentine bed snaking down to the

Gardens Open in Gifford - Sunday 8th July

Every 2 years Gifford Horticultural Society organises a number of open gardens as part of the 'Scotland's Gardens Scheme'. This time, on Sunday 8th July, there will be 7 village gardens of various sizes and design extending from wildlife friendly to formal and, on the western boundary, Broadwoodside - described as one of Scotland's most exciting contemporary gardens. For a £6 per adult ticket purchased at the Village Hall all gardens can be visited between 1pm-5pm. A map and description of the gardens will be provided. The 'Teapot Trust', a charity that promotes art as a therapy for critically ill children, will be serving teas in the Hall throughout the afternoon. In addition Macplants will

Gifford Flower Show - 18 & 19 August

Our annual Flower Show will take place on the Village Green on the weekend of 18 and 19 August and is one of the longest running Flower Shows in Scotland. Schedules will be available from various venues in the county and all the information is available on our website. As in recent years, there will also be local craft stalls, face painting and delicious teas served in the Village Hall on both days. A Children’s Novelty Dog Show will run on the Saturday in the area behind the marquee and run by Haddington Rotary Satellite. For the past six years, Joe Clark has been running a Plant Sale during our Flower Show in August. The sale is greatly enhanced by members and neighbours contributing plant

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