Chilli seedlings

Grow at Home – Lots of links!

As more people are staying at home with the Coronavirus COVID19 lockdown and movement restrictions, the interest in growing at home has also increased. Here at Ninewells garden we’re even asking you lovely people to sow an extra seed or two for us so we can plant up the garden when we are able to restart our volunteering group sessions.

Luckily there are lots of resources out there to help everyone make a success of whatever growing they want to try, from a pot of herbs on a windowsill to turning your front garden into a veggie patch.

It’s also time to get inventive! Not everyone had the chance to stock up on gardening supplies before the garden centres and shops closed. All the online garden supply stores also seem to be having a lot more demand. So many of us will have to make do with what we’ve got.

Luckily our local DCC Community Allotment Officer, Kate Treharne, has started a Lockdown Gardening Channel on YouTube. It is absolutely fantastic! So far it includes videos on sprouting seeds and making compost as well as many more, take a look.

If you have a garden CASA (the Community Support group in St Andrews) have a nice webpage written up with ideas to grow at home .

If you are not sure when and how to start your seeds, the back of the packets have good information, but keep in mind that here in Scotland we can get colder nights for longer, and a lot of seedlings don’t like the cold. Charles Dowding’s sowing calendar guidelines are also great, but add a couple of extra weeks on to the dates to avoid the plants getting frosted. If you are interested Charles Dowding has made lots of videos about growing ‘No Dig’ to watch to learn more, or refer back to as a refresher.

Remember that it’s ok if you don’t get everything right, the plants will probably try to grow anyway. And if they don’t, take what you learn and try again.

As always you can ask your friendly garden facilitators, June and Helena for top tips, and gardening advice. An email, text, or facebook message will get through to us.

Happy Gardening!

COVID 19 Adaptions -March 2020

Due to the current COVID 19 coronavirus situation, We have suspended the group volunteering sessions and we have been advised to close the Leaf Room, Toilet and Poly Tunnel.

The garden itself is open, current guidelines are that non essential travel should not be made, but if you live nearby, are at Ninewells for key worker, or essential reasons, you are welcome to visit and enjoy the calm in the garden. Please continue to follow physical distancing measures if anyone else is in the space, and hand hygiene measures as usual.

The Facilitators, June and Helena, are still available to contact through the contact page here, they will be checking email, and get back to you as soon as possible.

We will be posting on Facebook almost daily, so look out for plant pictures, growing tips and news.

Flower bed

Katherine Fay Allan’s ‘the rest of us, we just go gardening’ has headed off to Edinburgh to spend time on display at the Royal Scottish Academy during February 2020.

More information about the artist and the inspiration behind the piece here.

All photo credits and copyrights to Katherine Fay Allan

You can see the installation from the 15th of February to the 11th of March 2020 at the RSA, The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL

The performance that accompianies the work will take place in the installation on Monday, Thursday and Sunday at 1pm.

Katherine’s website is

Katherine’s Instagram is @katherinefayallan_ 

Photo Competition 2019

A reminder that we are running our photo competition again this year – we would love to see photos taken throughout the year – of the garden visitors, events, wildlife, weather, vegetables… Photos will appear in our 2020 calendar.  The winner will receive a £50 Tesco voucher; two runners up will receive a £30 voucher for Gallery 48

The deadline is the 20th of October, but please get snapping now! Things to bear in mind – we need high resolution images so we can see all the detail; please make sure you have permission if you are taking photos of people – and photos that fit with the theme of a year in the life of the garden are preferred.

Entry form below – please send to

Happy snapping!

Photo Entry Form 2019

cofPhoto Credit Frank Proctor


One good thing leads to another

We are delighted to unveil our new logo, by Moorcroft designer Emma Bossons.  Emma’s design perfectly portrays our aim of gardening within a natural setting, providing solace for our volunteers and visitors.  Taking inspiration from our garden mosaic, the central gardener is bounded by the same leaf shape as the Leaf Room roof, and our location amongst trees and nature, particularly our noisy crow neighbours.  Emma has done a beautiful job of bringing together many elements that are important to us.  We are especially happy that the logo was inspired by the mosaic, which in turn was designed by a group of our garden users, led by artists Sarah Gittins and Jonathan Baxter of Dundee Urban Orchard.  A great demonstration of creative process in action!

Founded in 1897 by ceramicist William Moorcroft, W Moorcroft Ltd is one of the last remaining ceramic art companies in Stoke-on-Trent.  New designs are created by a small team of artists including Emma Bossons FRSA. A string of highly successful designs by Emma brought about a phenomenal rise to fame of the designer, who became the youngest female member of the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts.  Emma has travelled the world with Moorcroft seeking design inspiration.  An example of her latest design work named ‘Group of Seven’ shown below, was inspired by the paintings of a famous group of contemporary Canadian landscape artists.