Woodside win at Gardening Scotland

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Woodside Plant Centre, near Harestanes, Ancrum, enjoyed recent success at Gardening Scotland, winning a bronze award for their Top of the Pots entry.

Centre owner Emma Emmerson said: “We’re delighted with this and pleased we made the huge effort to be there.

“Having attended several Gardening Scotland exhibitions over the years and winning a variety of awards, including a much treasured gold, we really missed being there last year.

Emma and Stephen took over Woodside in 2011 and continue their policy of growing most of their own plants at their other business, Newton Don Nursery, with an emphasis on good quality plants suitable for the cold Borders’ climate.

They have a particular interest in ‘grow your own’, and wildlife-friendly gardening. Both the walled garden and tea-room have also been part of this plan, with the latest development in the Birdhouse Tearoom being evening dining each Friday, combining the talents of cook Sukie Barber (former winner of the Good Food Guide’s Restaurant of the Year), with the fresh fruit and vegetables grown at Woodside.

Emma added: “Much of our success is down to our determination to stick with high quality plants and good local food, and keeping our finger on the pulse of what people want. This is not easy, but keeps us on our toes!”