Gardening Scotland 2012

Thanks to everyone involved, especially the volunteers at Dalgety Bay Horticultural Society who created our 'Blossoms & Butterflies' garden! We won silver gilt, which is an amazing achievement.



Gardening Scotland 2012

We are very excited to have an opportunity to create a garden at Gardening Scotland 2012. BTF Patron, Gay Search, said: ‘It’s very exciting that the BTF will be represented at Scotland’s answer to Chelsea. I am a great believer in the holistic therapeutic value of plants and gardens, so it seems an ideal marriage. I am already looking forward to seeing it in June next year.’ For further information about Gardening Scotland see: or call the ticket hotline: 0131 333 0965

PeacockButterflyAppleBlossom smallOur garden – ‘Blossoms and Butterflies’ - will be created for us by volunteers, including two former trustees, and will have Anna Knights’ stunning painting 'Peacock Butterfly on Apple Blossom' as its centre piece.

Anna, who suffered from thyroid cancer, is generously donating all proceeds from the print to the BTF. The print is still available to buy in three standard sizes with prices from £90. For more details and to buy on line visit Anna's website

We held a silent auction to buy the stunning original painting and we can now reveal that it was won by Ian and Julie Besford of East Yorkshire.



BTF Geocache - 'The Hare and the Tortoise'

The Hare and the Tortoise raced each other to raise awareness for the BTF, using the high-tech treasure hunt game Geocaching. Aesop’s Fable about the slow and steady tortoise versus the superfast hare was put to the test in an unusual new way, while highlighting the complex conditions of underactive and overactive thyroid.

The Hare and the Tortoise were ‘released’ in separate geocaches in Harrogate, and ‘dashed’ from cache to cache, up towards Edinburgh in time for Gardening Scotland on 1 June (see above for more details).

We are delighted that - just as in Aesop's fable - the tortoise won and arrived in the west of Edinburgh with two weeks to go!

For more information on geocaching, visit where you can track the journey of the Hare versus the Tortoise:


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Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2012


BTF was honoured to have been given the chance to be at the prestigious Harrogate Flower Show where we shared a stand with the award-winning botanical artist Anna Knights. Inspite of the terrible weather, thousands of people came to the show and many of those came to meet us and seemed to be delighted about the work we do. These beautiful butterfly cakes were kindly made for us by talented local cakemaker Kirsty Poulter at Piece of Cake in Harrogate.