Open: 10am - 5pm | Tearoom: 10am - 4.30pm
Tel: 01506 834433

So Much More Than Just a Garden Centre

About New Hopetoun Garden Centre

Set within Hopetoun Woods, within sight 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 succesful family business for over 40 years.

Dougal Philip & Lesley Watson are renowned in the UK gardening world. The couple regularly judge the showgardens at the prestigiousRoyal Horticultural Society’s shows 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 owenrship 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 37 or so staff.

New Hopetoun Garden Centre in Edinburgh

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. And nowhere is this more obvious than in the choice and variety of the garden plants we offer.

We can’t hide it – Garden Plants are our passion. But unlike other garden centres, we don’t simply sell you a plant and take your money. We really do care about our plants, and that’s why we do everything we can to make sure they perform in your Scottish garden, so you can enjoy them as much as we do.

Top reasons to buy garden plants at New Hopetoun:

  • Garden Plants and Expert Advice
  • We GUARANTEE our hardy plants for 2 years
  • All our plants are ‘Garden Tested’ – they’ll earn their place in your garden and will perform well in local Scottish conditions
  • We always carry a large selection of popular and more unusual plants for each season of the year
  • We work with local Scottish and UK growers to offer the best seasonal garden plants we can find. We are proud that 95% of our plants are grown here in the UK

Cats & Dogs!

Any regular visitors to New Hopetoun Garden Centre will have noticed our cats.

Our Garden Centre has teamed up with the local Cat Rescue to provide safe homes for a couple of cats in need of a secure and safe place to stay. Much loved by staff and visitors, you will probably spot them as they explore the Garden Centre and grounds.


Of course this means we have to make special arrangements for any visitors who wish to bring their dogs with them! So we have created a lovely dedicated "Dog Parking" station which you will find near the main garden centre entrance.