Penicuik Horticultural Society
(Charity No SCO03929)


                                  A Short History of Penicuik Gardening Club

Penicuik Horticultural Society owes its origin to Mrs Alexander Philip Cowan, daughter of Alexander Cowan the owner of Valleyfield papermill. It appears that she was reading "Cottagers of Glenburnie" by Mrs Hamilton which describes the delight the cottagers took in tending their "Kailyards"

Mrs Thompson resolved to encourage the cottagers of Penicuik in similar activities and along with her brothers John and Charles Cowan and Mr Sommerville of Dalmore formed a committee and started Penicuik Flower Show.

Much has changed since that first show held in 1842 at the Gardeners Hall on High Street when Penicuik Silver Band provided the musical prelude to the official opening by Mrs Thompson herself but we still present the Dalmore Rose Bowl to winners in the Children's category.

Our Spring show in March features handicrafts, baking and preserves alongside displays of bulbs and cut flowers. This is where children from local schools and nurseries exhibit their bulbs and craft work and the Guides, Brownies, Rainbows and Beavers compete for the various awards.

The Autumn Show is held in September and here we display fruit, vegetables and late summer cut flowers. Although we can't guarantee a 43lb cabbage, as exhibited in 1889, you can be sure of a variety of impressive produce and keen competition.

We are happy to receive exhibits to the show from anyone, you don't need to be a member of the society or live in Penicuik You will also find a warm welcome at any of our meetings. 

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