Meet the gurus of gardening at The Avenue

Gardener of the Year,  Sallie Sillars, left, Avenue manager Michelle McCabe and Louise Bustard from Glasgow Botanic Gardens are looking forward to a VIP gardening event packed with demonstrations as well as an interactive workshop.
Gardener of the Year, Sallie Sillars, left, Avenue manager Michelle McCabe and Louise Bustard from Glasgow Botanic Gardens are looking forward to a VIP gardening event packed with demonstrations as well as an interactive workshop.

Gardening-mad Eastwood residents have the chance to meet two real experts at the Avenue shopping centre on Tuesday next week .

Gardening Scotland’s Gardener of the Year, Sallie Sillars, and Louise Bustard from Glasgow’s world famous Botanic Gardens will be hosting a Lunch and Learn session packed with useful tips.

The session is to be the first of many quarterly events hosted by The Avenue, with the aim of offering customers a VIP experience where they can learn new skills and meet new people.

On Tuesday Sallie, who is head gardener of Horatio’s Garden, will run a demonstration on planting succulents, offering styling tips and tricks on how to make them look unique within the home.

She said: “Being a top interior and gardening trend these little plants make perfect additions to the home. From re-using old tea cups and wine glasses there are so many ways to make succulents stand out.”

Louise Bustard, education officer at Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens, will use her extensive knowledge to give an talk on how crucial plants are to our survival, by bringing in artefacts from around the world.

She said: “You will be surprised at how often you come across plants in your everyday life and in objects you didn’t know they existed in, such as clothes, medicines and utilities.

“There are so many benefits to plants including deterring illness, boosting healing and creating natural fibre clothing.”

Michelle McCabe, centre manager at The Avenue, said: “Summer is a great time to get into gardening so the launch of our Lunch and Learn sessions on The Avenue this month is perfect.

“We’re thrilled, to have two well respected gardening experts, including Scotland’s Gardener of the Year, for our first talk and look forward to rolling out an exciting programme of events for our shoppers.

“These VIP sessions are a great way for us to engage with our loyal customers and enhance their shopping experience.”

The sessions will start with complimentary refreshments, and run from 12pm till 2pm.

There are just 30 spaces available, so if you want to be there book your place as soon as possible at

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