In Beechgrove Garden episode 9 2018 – the whole Beechgrove team are on the road to the Fair City of Perth. Invited by the ‘Beautiful Perth’ volunteers, Jim, Carole, George and Brian find out exactly how the city earns that title horticulturally as they visit some of the city’s best-kept gardens, including the unique and culturally diverse Moncrieff Allotments that are situated on Moncrieff Island in the middle of the Tay and only accessible by vehicles at low tide.
Jim, Carole, George and Brian then host a Beechgrove Gardener’s Question Time in the recently renovated Perth Theatre. The programme comes this week from Perth – a spectacular and historic city in the Heart of Scotland. Situated on the banks of the River Tay, the city of Perth is often referred to as ‘The Fair City’ because of its beautiful setting with its riverside vistas and its many historic buildings. Sir Walter Scott’s novel, the Fair Maid of Perth” which introduces the epithet “ The Fair City “, set in one of Perth’s oldest houses.
The Beechgrove Garden episode 9 2018
Moncreiffe Island allotments
The allotment gardens on Moncreiffe Island were first registered in the season 1896/97, so we’ve been there for 122 years this year. The original site of 5 acres has been pared back slightly over the years to just over 4.5 acres. The site is rented from Perth & Kinross Council and comprises 72 plots, with a standard plot size of 10 poles (250 square yards) – there are a few half-plots (125 square yards) – the latter tend to be around the perimeter of the site and are more shaded. The soil is fairly neutral and will grow most things. Despite our title of Perth Working Men’s Garden Association, at least 50% of the plot-holders are women.