Our visit was entirely enjoyable. Redhall Walled Garden is a beautiful place. A wonderful 18th century walled garden in
Craiglockhart Dell is the setting for a scheme which provides  education and opportunities for people who are recovering from mental health issues. Gardening skills are employed as a pathway back to work and self sufficiency. During their time here trainees are encouraged to learn how to use computers or gain valuable computer qualifications. There is a well stocked library. Some of the books may be very old but the plants do not differ much over the years. Sometimes ‘those who know’ change the name of a plant and it gives the trainees the chance to use their computer skills to update the facts found in the books. 

As we went round the garden the name Jo Malone kept popping up. We wondered about the identity of the generous donor. For those of us not familiar with the name (Jo Malone scented candles are well known) a visit to the company website came up with the following. 

“As gardens are a major source of inspiration for Jo Malone, we are committed to partnering with charities that use gardens to bring beauty to urban communities and to nurture and restore individuals and families by creating public gardens and green spaces for increased education, well being and public safety, as well as employing gardening skills as a pathway to work and self sufficiency.”

It is obviously a partnership which works well for both the trainees and the wider community because at Redhall there is a well stocked nursery area with lots of competitively priced shrubs and herbaceous perennials on sale. The garden is open to the public Monday to Friday 9am to 3.30pm. They also sell compost and woodchip. 

I have to admit I was so interested in hearing our guide talk about the work undertaken here that I forgot to take photos until we were well along. Here are a few views of what is interesting right now.The first 6 photos here were sent in by Gordon, the others by Sheila. 



By the time we reached this point we were all ready for a cuppa. After thanking our guide there was just time to raid the sales area before we had to leave. We will be back.  

Suntrap Gardening Club meet at 7.15pm in the Common Room at  

Ravelrig Riding for the Disabled 21 Ravelrig Gait Balerno Edinburgh EH14 7NH

Details on getting there are on http://www.ravelrig-rda.org.uk

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