Garden highlights the flowering relationship between college and uni

New garden at Borders College in Gala
New garden at Borders College in Gala

A plain grassed area at the front of the High Mill at Borders College campus in Galashiels became an opportunity this month for the landbased and construction students to showcase the range of skills they have developed while at college.

Their specially created garden was formally opened by college principal Liz McIntyre and Alison Harley, head of Heriot-Watt School of Textiles and Design.

“This garden has been developed with the spirit of partnership and collaboration that has been depicted in the design and a huge thank you goes to all those involved,” said Ms McIntyre.

The garden was designed horticultural students Joanna Swiers and Emma Lindsay.

Joanna commented: “The concept was two cogs representing the joining of forces between Borders College and Heriot-Watt University, who share the campus, as an inclusive garden accessible to all.

“The raised beds are planted with herbaceous perennials, with the decorative stone edging at a height which makes it a natural place for people to sit.

“All the materials for the garden were sourced locally and it is hoped that future students can train in the garden, and the campus can build on its stock of herbaceous plants.”

Ms Harley added: “I have watched the garden come together, including the memorial bench to textile student Laura Leghorn who sadly died recently. The garden is a tremendous achievement.”