Abernethy, Aberargie and Dron News

Last date for submissions

31st October 2022

Date of publication

1st December 2022


The Abernethy Horticultural Society would like to invite you to our 4th Annual Garden Day.

There will be competitions for all ages, activities for the kids, stalls, coffee & cake…a great afternoon’s entertainment for all. Kids have 2 competitions to enter this year: ‘Sporty Spud’, instruction kits will be delivered to the school in plenty of time to create your own Olympic Champion tatties. And, a ‘Scarecrow’ competition- anything you like- big or little, scary or friendly- points given for creativity, so go wild! The only rule is that they must be self supporting, make sure you put them onto something that can be pushed into the ground to make them stand up. Competition entries will be displayed on the day for all your friends & family to come and see. Age groups for both competitions 2-5, 6-9 & 10+.

This year’s tasty competitions will be home-made jams, jellies, pickles & beverages, as well as last year’s favourite- the baking category: where fruit or vegetables are the key ingredient. All will be judged on flavour & interesting combinations rather than technical ability.

There will also be a prize for cut garden arrangements…could be flowers, could be cauliflowers…

Competition entries should be delivered to the Williamson hall between 10-11.30am.
Entry forms will be available on the day.

Lots will be going on to keep the kids busy, there will be an activity table for the little ones, as well as games for the older kids (and adults too!), including Gnome Bowls & the popular Veg Throw- but you have to be in it to win it! As always there will be a packed plant stall, and a return of the Seed Swap- start saving seeds from your own garden and bring them along to trade with. The apple press will be primed & ready, so bring your apples and enjoy fresh apple juice. For those feeling lucky the raffle will be back too.

And after all that, you may need to relax for a while over a cuppa & cake. Home baking will also be available to buy at the cake stall to take home and enjoy later.

Adult entry £1, children free. Membership of the Society is £10 & includes entry to Garden Day & all of the talks.

Plans are well under way for this season’s talks, and we are excited to announce speakers including Gerben de Vries of the Core Network, Alasdair Hood of Dundee Botanical Gardens, Steve McNamara from Branklyn Gardens, Caroline Beaton co-author of ‘Fruit & Vegetables for Scotland’ & Abernethy’s own, Leslie Bisset who will share his reflections & experience from a long career with Edinburgh’s Botanical Gardens.

Come along to Garden Day for further information, to join up, or just to enjoy the day! Hope to see you there.

Susan Pettigrew