About New Hopetoun Garden Centre
Set within Hopetoun Woods, in view of the Edinburgh Queensferry Crossing, our award-winning garden centre includes easy ample car parking, a well-stocked gift shop and Orangery tearoom - and has been a successful family business for over 40 years.
Dougal Philip & Lesley Watson are renowned in the UK gardening world. The couple judge the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society’s show gardens each year at Chelsea and Hampton Gardens and Lesley has also been a popular presenter on BBC TV’s The Beechgrove Garden.
Moving the business forward, Dougal and Lesley handed over ownership to their loyal garden centre team in 2019 to protect the future of the business which they have nurtured for so many years. Following the transfer to an Employee Ownership Trust, Dougal and Lesley continue to work at the business supporting the current team of around 37.
Over 40 years of gardening experience
Dougal first established the business in 1978, initially setting up the garden centre in the Walled Garden at Hopetoun House and it moved to its current purpose-built facility, New Hopetoun Gardens, after 20 years. He and Lesley, who were originally landscape gardeners, started off selling plants and shrubs. Over the years our garden centre has grown and flourished, earning an outstanding reputation for the quality, range of choice, friendly service and expert guidance we offer.
The Plant People – Garden Plants & Expert Advice
New Hopetoun Garden Centre Edinburgh is run by gardeners for gardeners: whether expert, novice or even just thinking about having a grow!
We can’t hide it: plants are our passion! We really do care about our plants so that they perform to their best in your Scottish garden. That's why we're on hand to offer after care advice and provide a wealth of information in the form of free leaflets for you to take away.
Top reasons to buy garden plants at New Hopetoun:
- The best selection in Scotland including more unusual plants
- Expert advice always available from our team
- We GUARANTEE our hardy plants for 2 years
- All of our plants are ‘garden tested’ with us so we know they perform well in Scottish conditions
- 95% of our plants are grown here in the UK and we stock from local nurseries wherever possible
Cats & Dogs!
Regular visitors to New Hopetoun Garden Centre will have met our cats.
We teamed up with the local cat rescue to provide a forever home for Rowan & Holly and they're much loved by our team and visitors.
Regrettably, this means we can't admit dogs into the garden centre or gardens so we've created a dedicated dog station to the left of our main entrance. Our team are always happy to supply fresh water so please just ask.