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Ask The Gardeners

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Gardening in Biggar can have its challenges, but our panel of experts are ready to help and answer your questions. Even if you don’t have a question to bring along, enjoy an hour or so of gardening chat and good advice.

David Knott is Curator of the Living Collection at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, having formerly held senior positions at Dawyck and Logan Botanic Gardens, Castle Kennedy Gardens, and Brodick Castle Garden (NTS). David is President of The Caley (Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society).

Billy Carruthers is the founder of Binny Plants and has been growing plants in the old, walled kitchen garden of the Binny Estate near Edinburgh for over 20 years. His biggest specialism is peonies – Binny Plants has a range of over 300. Billy is a Vice President of The Caley

Jasmin Cann is a partner in Landmarkers, Biggar. She trained at Kew Gardens, has worked as a consultant for National Trust for Scotland and is currently working in conjunction with Edinburgh City Council on an £8 million project at Saughton. Jasmine is a Vice President of The Caley

George Neil is former President of the Scottish National Sweet Pea, Rose and Carnation Society. He is on the panel of judges for the International Rose trials at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, as well as a Fellow of The National Vegetable Society (FNVS).

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