Beechgrove star to cut ribbon of £500k garden centre extension

Peter Wilson and [inset] Carole Baxter
VISITORS TO A MORAY Garden Centre next month for the opening of a new £500,000 extension are being offered the chance to query one of Scotland’s most famous gardening experts.

Carole Baxter from the BBC’s Beechgrove Garden will be on hand at Mackenzie & Cruikshank in Forres on April 1 and 2, where she will help the firm to showcase their new fully covered area.

A new plant market and pet zone are the main features in the extension, a development that has enabled the popular centre to take on an additional two full-time assistants.

Business owner Peter Wilson said: “We are delighted to have Carole Baxter attending our opening weekend.

“She has a wealth of knowledge in gardening and we would encourage everyone to come down and say hello and bring along any queries you may have. To have someone of Carole’s calibre on your doorstep is an opportunity not to be missed.

“The new extension means that Mackenzie & Cruickshank can now be a great day out whatever the weather and will no doubt be the go to place for plants, shrubs, trees and all other garden necessities.

“The building the plant market is housed in looks sensational, and is extremely eye catching from the road. It is an exciting time for us and all this extra covered space means that we have been able to move things around in the existing space too. For example, we have been able to extend our clothing and gift range too.”

Carole Baxter is a very familiar face to Scottish television viewers – and voice on the radio, as she regularly contributes to Radio Scotland’s ‘Out for the Weekend’ show. She is also a trustee for the horticultural charity Perennial and was also awarded the Scottish Horticultural Medal in 2013.

Carole, who will be at the garden centre between 11am and 3pm on April 1 and 2, said: “I am delighted to have been asked along to help with the opening of the new Mackenzie & Cruickshank extension and I look forward to meeting everyone and being able to help with any gardening questions and queries.”

The main focus of the event will fall between 11-3pm each day when there will be live music, a face painter, balloon sculptures and goody bags being given away.