The Field Room at York Gate Garden hosts a range of courses and workshops throughout the year. The tranquil gardens and newly refurbished visitor facilities provide the perfect location to learn new skills and make new friends.

2017 Events & Workshops

Our new YORK GATE TALK series kicks off this November with your first presentation…

Would you be the best judge of the Show Gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show… and what the visitors don’t see?

Lesley Watson and Dougal Philip from New Hopetoun Gardens share some of the secrets from behind the scenes at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Tuesday 21st November 7.30pm for drinks (talk start 8pm)

York Gate Garden – Field Room (through the Nutwalk turn left)

Husband and wife, Dougal Philip and Lesley Watson, run a garden centre 12 miles west of Edinburgh specialising in garden plants, although a tearoom and gift shop keep their team busy all year round. Dougal is currently chair of Perennial and has been a trustee for 12 years and is a member of the York Gate Garden Committee. He was a former President of the Horticultural Trades Association and former Council member of the RHS and Chair of their Shows Advisory Committee. Lesley has worked for Dougal for over 30 years and was one of the presenters of the Scottish gardening programme, The Beechgrove Garden, for 16 years. Both of them have been show garden judges at RHS flower shows for over 20 years, although the roles you have at each show on the judging panels can vary. At Chelsea, Lesley was on the panel judging Fresh and Artisan Gardens this year and Dougal chaired the Show Garden panel. Having fallen into the pond on the Stoke on Trent garden while chairing the Show Garden Judging panel a few years ago he has been delighted to still continue being invited to judge!

Friends of York Gate Garden £8
All other £16

100% ticket sales goes towards replacement of a stolen water feature from garden.

Christmas Shopping Days

Enjoy a complimentary glass of mulled wine and taste of delicious homemade Christmas cake as you take a winter stroll around the garden before indulging in a little Christmas shopping. A fabulous selection of gifts, cards, wrapping and decorations will be available in the shop and the tearoom will also be open for business.

Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November
10am – 3pm

Saturday 2nd December
10am – 3pm

Saturday 25th November and Saturday 2nd December will also feature a craft demonstration and fair in the Field Room. Even more reason to pop along!


Mindfulness and Self-Mastery Retreat

First Saturday of every month | 9:30am – 1:00pm  |  £25

Join mindfulness tutor Deborah Snowden in the tranquil surroundings of York Gate Garden for a morning retreat of mindfulness and self-mastery. This short course aims to give you ‘tools’ to change your life; for better health, more loving relationships and greater success and peace.

For more information and to book a place, contact Deborah Snowden on 07798 526319 or email (N.B. There is NO reference to golf during the day).

If you are interested in hiring our Field Room for a class or workshop, or for small group events, please get in touch.


Christmas Shopping Days

Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November

10am – 3pm

Saturday 2nd December

10am – 3pm

Snow Drop Week 2018

Tuesday 20th to Friday 23rd February

12.30pm – 4.30pm

Garden Season Spring/Summer 2018

1 April – 30 September 2018

Sunday to Thursday (and Bank Holiday Mondays): 12:30 – 4:30pm

Friday and Saturday CLOSED

York Gate Garden features a bright new shop stocked with a lovely range of gifts.

Our popular Tea Rooms serve sandwiches and savoury platters as well as a selection of freshly baked cakes, including a daily gluten free choice.

Visitor groups are welcome but please book first. Contact us at


York Gate Garden leaflet 2017