Category Archives: The gairden

It’s Summertime!

We are just past midsummer and whilst the nights are technically drawing in the Gairden is rich with growth. It all adds to the sense of tranquillity that many volunteers seek.

The Gairden and Loch
The gairden with Thomson’s Tower and Duddingston Loch in the background
The U3A plot
The Gairden, including the University of the Third Age plot.
Panoramic view of the Gairden
A panoramic view of the Gairden

Spring advances

Everywhere you look in the Gairden there are green shoots. I took this picture a week or so ago and it will be very interesting to follow the growing cycle through the year. It is a grand vista, with Duddingston Loch in the background, a hint of sunshine and new life appearing.


Spring update

Jock Tamson’s Gairden seems very quiet as it begins to emerge from the long winter and the lockdown, such a contrast to the frantic activity of last year. The journey from The Glebe Project to Jock Tamson’s Gairden feels like several marathons run end to end. JTG is now a charity in its own right, has a wonderful team of seven Trustees – all achieved during the pandemic restrictions when everything, as you will know well, takes much longer.
So here we are, poised on the edge of a new growing season and I’m looking forward to gradually welcoming back our volunteers to begin work on this year’s crops.
Look out for our new venture: JTG GREENS TO GO – a portable market stall which will sell our produce. We hope you’ll drop by and buy some fresh, organic veg from us when you’re out for a walk.
I feel hugely privileged to have had the chance to see the Glebe Project through its five years and to continue as Manager of JTG.
Thanks to you for your encouragement, to Dr Jim Jack for his guidance and encouragement, and to the Kirk Session for its continuing support of this work.
JTG remains one of the very few working Glebes in Scotland and the work is made possible by the generous financial support of the following: Duddingston Kirk, The Elizabeth Drummond Charitable Fund, The National Lottery Community Fund Awards for All, Scotmid Community Grants, Edinburgh Local Microgrants, and The Robertson Trust Wee Grants.
It’s always lovely to have visitors, so please drop by, say hello and find out what we’re working on.
Lizz Spence, Manager, Jock Tamson’s Gairden

The Gairden
Looking out over Duddingston Loch we can see that Spring is arriving and the Gairden is waking up after Winter.