Aberdeen City Council
In a time when all local authorities are affected by budget cuts and lack of resources, the quality of Aberdeen’s open spaces is not compromised, and the standard of horticulture displayed through the city is consistently high. Seaton Park’s formal garden with its circular bedding schemes bordered by the two long herbaceous borders which are beautifully planted and maintained and packed with colour and interest. Duthie Park’s double herbaceous border at the entrance to the park is spectacular, again, bursting with colour and very unusual to see this scale and standard of planting in a public park these days. Following its restoration a few years ago, the rock garden is coming into its own, with an interesting selection of alpines growing into the space nicely. The David Welch Winter Gardens are undoubtedly the jewel in the crown of the park, with wonderful collections of plants for different climates, two national collections and all beautifully maintained with obvious pride and skill, all weed free and plants looking vibrant and healthy. The display corridor in the Winter Gardens has year-round displays including geranium and begonia, with cyclamen in the autumn and winter, with the cycle of displays accommodating the spring and autumn shows of the Royal Horticultural Society of Aberdeen. Again, the council’s team shows great skill in the year-round propagation, overwintering and growing on of thousands of plants, to create wonderful displays. These parks and gardens are very well used by the public, with everyone obviously enjoying all that the city’s greenspaces have to offer.