Caley members at the Saughton ground breaking

Caley @ Saughton Park

Saughton Park has a long and interesting history and much of that history has had links with The Caley.  In the 1980s The Caley had a very active relationship with the Winter Garden, having made a significant contribution to its refurbishment. We continued to hold many events on site including plants sales, remembered and missed by many local residents.

But the link goes back even further as a former President of The Caley, James McHattie (the ‘inventor’ of the clock in Princes Street Gardens) was responsible for transforming the park after the Scottish National Exhibition in 1908.  In 1910 he recorded that

“The Park is now complete…

The area enclosed by the old garden walls has been laid out in an ornamental manner.  It includes a Rosary, American Garden, Rock Garden and Sweet Pea garden.”

More recently The Caley has been working in partnership with The City of Edinburgh Council on the restoration of the park.  A project that will allow the Caley to have a permanent office base with active teaching and demonstration gardens thanks to a successful Heritage Lottery bid.

BUT not all the elements on the Caley’s wish list are able to be included in the lottery funded element – for example a Caley glasshouse and potting shed so we have much more work to do.  If you would like to become involved with the Caley at Saughton or want to make  a donation towards growing the Caley presence at Saughton you can email with your name and address and we will be in touch or you can download a form from this link if you wish to make a donation.

The Caley’s aspiration to have a demonstration garden is not new.

Since 1809 the focus of the Society has been to share knowledge and skills  and to give advice on the best varieties of fruit, vegetables and flowers to grow in Scotland.



Work has begun at Saughton Park.

One of the first things that has happened is the creation of the builder’s compound with associated containers and portacabins being situated in the area just to the north of the walled garden.  All of this has required roads, paths and public areas including the Walled Garden to be closed.  The east and west car-parks are also closed until further notice.

Security fencing and signage have been erected around the areas where work is taking place and there has been tree removal work and further enabling works are already being undertaken and further archaeological investigations of Saughtonhall House carried out.

Regular updates will be posted as work progresses.  Make sure you check back to ensure you have the latest news. You can also find information here and keep in touch via Facebook,