Nostalgia: The Capital’s love of gardening

Customers test out the lawn mowers on display at Dobbies Garden Centre in Portobello Road; below, Therese and Harry Fraser enjoy their award-winning garden.
Customers test out the lawn mowers on display at Dobbies Garden Centre in Portobello Road; below, Therese and Harry Fraser enjoy their award-winning garden.
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It’s the highlight of the year for green-fingered types – Gardening Scotland returns this weekend showcasing the very best from the horticultural world.

Thousands are expected to flock to the Royal Highland Showground at Ingliston for the annual three-day extravaganza, which got under way yesterday.

Therese and Harry Fraser enjoy their award-winning garden.

Therese and Harry Fraser enjoy their award-winning garden.

Among the visual treats on offer are award-winning gardens by leading designers, thousands of plants from top nurseries, including 18 Chelsea medal winners, and children’s TV characters sculpted from flowers.

As our pictures show, the Capital has always had an affinity with the earth beneath our feet.

Back in 1963, lawnmowers for sale at Dobbies Garden Centre in Portobello Road were being put to the test by two potential buyers keen to keep their lawns trim.

Brother and sister Ailie and Gary Wilson, from Bonnyrigg, were accompanied by floral sculpture Mr Flowers at the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston in June 1987.

The character had been created by gardeners from Edinburgh District Council specifically for the event.

Strawberries were proving popular with visitors to the Garden Party and Sale of Work in the Canongate Kirk Manse in July 1966.

The Reverend Selby Wright was lending a helping hand as he got behind one of the table-top stalls to sell fruit to young James McGregor.

And youngsters Therese and Harry Fraser were enjoying playing in an award-winning garden in Lady Nairn Crescent, Duddingston, after their mum won a trophy and £4 in the Best Women’s Garden category at the Corp Housing Garden Comp.