Kirsty Wilson, RGBE

Welcome to the Scotland Grows Show, the podcast which celebrates everything that is good in Scottish gardening, as we join gardeners around the country to find out what grows well where they are, and pick up tips and stories along the way.
Kirsty Wilson is well-known to many as a ‘Beechgrove’ presenter but her day job as Herbaceous Supervisor at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh keeps her very busy where she is responsible for the team looking after various areas in the garden, including the famous 165m-long herbaceous border, the Queen Mother’s memorial garden, and the Chinese Hillside, looking after the largest collection of Chinese plants outside China for conservation, education and scientific research. 
Kirsty’s career has included working at Highgrove Gardens, a year at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, as part of an International Training Programme, and as Glasshouse Supervisor at St Andrew’s Botanic Garden.
She has also completed a Diploma in Garden Design from RBGE, winning gold for her first show garden, The Coffee Garden, at Gardening Scotland.
Kirsty is a panellist on BBC Radio 4 Gardener’s Question Time and in 2021, she won the RHS Roy Lancaster Award.
And as if that wasn’t enough, she is planning an RBGE plant collecting expedition this September to Japan, and has just published her first book, ‘Planting with Nature’ which is a practical, easy-to-use guide for anyone who wants to boost nature in their patch and make the world a little greener.
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For £6 a month you will be sent a ROOTS pack every six weeks, with gardening gifts, including Scottish seeds six times a year, stories about Scotland’s plant life, and tips from  expert Trust gardeners, as well as an invitation to two exclusive ROOTS events a year with the Trust gardens team.
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