Making an impact: One of the four areas of the award-winning show garden, highlighting Poppyscotland’s work with younger veterans Photo Mark Owens

The charity Poppyscotland, the leading charity supporting ex-Servicemen and women and their families in Scotland entered a show garden at the national gardening and outdoor living show at Ingliston this weekend, and won four awards:-

  • A Gold Medal,
  • Best Floral Exhibit,
  • Best Floral Exhibitor and
  • The Sunday Post’s People’s Choice Award, which was voted by visitors to the show.

The garden was created to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Scottish Poppy Appeal and the charity’s year-round work with veterans and their families.

The show garden took centre stage at Gardening Scotland and helped Poppyscotland to communicate, in an innovative and creative way, the relevance and importance of its work 90 years on from its inception.

Colin Flinn, Head of Fundraising at Poppyscotland, said: “The Poppyscotland show garden is one of our major activities to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Scottish Poppy Appeal in 2011. We are thrilled and honoured to have won these prestigious awards. The team has worked tirelessly to create a stunning display that reflects our continuing work with Scotland’s ex-Service community.”

A brand new flower was also launched by the newly-crowned Miss Scotland, Jennifer Reoch  – Dahlia Poppyscotland, which has been specially created to mark the 90th anniversary of the Scottish Poppy Appeal.  The garden featured exotic flowers and native Scottish plants within four areas in a creative interpretation of the charity’s year-round work in supporting veterans and their families: Making an Impact, Scotland’s Heritage, Self-reliance and Working Together.