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This is a group for anyone with a an interest in gardening or visiting gardens and exchanging ideas, and expertise with other members.

We suggest and arrange visits to open gardens throughout the spring and summer, including, usually, a coach trip in June to see some gardens which are open by arrangement only.

We alert members to gardening events and we help gardeners to swap and share plants, seeds and equipment by advertising these to other members who are part of the Grange Garden Exchange Group. In October/November in particular, we meet to take stock and then send out a list of  plants and seeds that are surplus to requirements and that members are willing to donate to other members of the group.

In May we run a plant stall at the Grange Fair. The majority of plants are donated by gardeners in the Grange and bought by them too, making a great contribution to the Fair and on to local good causes.

Some members are involved in volunteering to look after Newington Library garden and other plant around our street trees to keep these spaces looking tidy and colourful.

If you want to join this group or unsubscribe from it please get in touch with Edythe Murie.


SUMMER OUTING 2020 – CANCELLED due to Coronavirus

Floors Castle and Monteviot Garden in the Borders on Monday 15th June 2020 – CANCELLED

Floors Castle

This year the summer outing will take us about an hour’s drive to the Borders where we will visit Floors Castle near Kelso, seat of the Duke of Roxburghe. The gardens offer extensive flower borders, a walled Victorian kitchen garden, glasshouses with vines and peaches, fruit cages and tranquil woodland and riverside walks.

There will also be an opportunity to view inside the castle which boasts fine tapestries, porcelain and 18th century furniture.

We will have lunch locally and, in the afternoon, we will take a short drive to Monteviot House, where we can explore the gardens around this eighteenth century villa. Again, there is plenty to see including herbs, a rose garden with views over the Tweed, and a water garden. There is also a more recent feature intriguingly entitled “The Garden of Persistent Imagination”.

The coach will leave from Lauder Road at 9.30am and we aim to return there by about 5.30pm. As well as lunch, there will be opportunities to have tea or coffee on arrival and in the afternoon.

If you are interested, please let Edythe Murie (Garden Group Organiser) know.  You will be sent more details of the trip together with an application form.