Showing the best of the south-west

A NEW show to celebrate some of south-west Scotland’s finest attributes is being held in the grounds of Lochinch Castle, Stranraer, on Sunday, April 29, from 10am until 4pm.

The show will feature country pursuits such as fly fishing and clay pigeon shooting, a new rhododendron flower show, regional gardens and nurseries, local produce, including food arts and crafts, and entertainment for children.

The aim of the show is to provide interest for all in the local community, as well as to showcase what Dumfries and Galloway has to offer to visitors to the region.

The show is proud to announce that some of the funding for the project has been granted through Awards for All Scotland, the National Lottery’s small grants scheme which gives out grants of between £500 to £10,000 that make a big difference across Scotland.

The Lochinch Garden and Country Show is organised by a small committee, chaired by the Earl of Stair, and incorporates Castle Kennedy Plant Fair and the Galloway Garden Festival.

“We hope that this will become a flagship event for the region to show case some of the wonderful things that Galloway has to offer, and will encourage more visitors to come to the area,” said the Earl of Stair.

Show secretary Ann Watson said: “We are delighted to have received funding from Awards for All as this has allowed us to maintain the tradition that the Galloway Garden Festival originally set out, to celebrate and support the local gardens and nurseries for which the area is renowned.

“We are particularly pleased to be holding the region’s first rhododendron flower show, which has been organised in association with the Scottish Rhododendron Society. The aim is to showcase the beautiful of rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias grown in the region, and for which the area is famous.

“We would like to encourage garden owners in the region to enter the show, which is free, with prize categories for small, large, private and public gardens.

The Lochinch Rhododendron Flower Show is organised by a committee comprised of some of the region’s finest garden owners and head gardeners.

An additional attraction is a programme of rhododendron flower garden tours.

These special garden tours take place the week following the show at some of the most lovely gardens in Galloway and will be given by either the owner or head gardener. Places on the tour can be booked at the show.

There will also be talks on gardening and a gardeners’ question time. Local chef Douglas Lisi and Massimio Lisi will be putting on a cookery and a smoothie and cocktail-making demonstration in the Victorian Stables.

Children visiting the Show will also find entertainment with the display of entries from the schools art competition, which has a gardening theme and was put in place to inspire youngster with a love of horticulture, as well as a bouncy castle, face painting and Douglas the Magic Clown.

The Lochinch Garden and Country Show is a celebration of country pursuits, with a wide range of plant and flower stalls, floral displays, local produce and art and craft stalls.

The event is being held in the Victorian stables and grounds of Lochinch Castle, near Stranraer.

Lochinch Castle is the private home of the Earl and Countess of Stair.