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Welcome to

Hawthorn Alpine Troughs



Who we are and what we do


We are a family run business based in Central Scotland, specialising in individually hand cast garden stoneware. Our items range from bird baths to bench seats, but our unique area of expertise is alpine container gardening. These alpine troughs can be best described as self-contained miniature rock gardens.


Attractive and distinctive, they make pleasing additions to any garden, patio, balcony or doorstep, and no matter where located will add a vibrant touch of colour all the year through. We also produce several other planters and creative garden accessories.


Display at Gardening Scotland 2010





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21st May 2015 - Shows in 2015


Update on the shows we will be attending in 2015.


5th June 2011 - On the Beechgrove Garden


Many thanks to Jim McColl for briefly featuring us on the Beechgrove Garden at Gardening Scotland 2011! Click below to view the clip:



We also thank the judges for awarding our exhibit a Bronze Medal.



2015 Shows


For several years we have been present at a number of horticultural and garden shows across the country. Please see below for details upcoming events, we hope you will be able to come and see us.


Gardening Scotland

Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB

Highland Hall - Stand 106 - Floral Section

Friday 29th May 2015

Saturday 30th May 2015

Sunday 31st May 2015

10am - 5pm

10am - 5pm

10am - 5pm


Perth Craft Markets

King Edward Street, Perth City Centre

Sorry, we are unable to attend Perth

Saturday 12th July 2014

Saturday 13th September 2014

Saturday 29th November 2014

Saturday 13th December 2014

9am - 5pm

9am - 5pm

9am - 5pm

9am - 5pm




Read on for details on the alpines we plant and the garden containers we produce, including the options available should you wish to place an order...



Flowers with white petals and yellow centres


It's All About Alpines


Alpine plants originate from specific mountainous regions where they managed to prosper in cold, harsh and difficult conditions. These types of plants are therefore ideal for use in trough gardening, being compact and slow growing enough to manage in conveniently sized containers, and hardy enough to survive the variances of the UK climate.


Our Alpines


Our troughs are planted by an experienced horticulturist who sources alpines of only the highest standard. We also grow several of the varieties ourselves in our own nursery. The alpines to the left are some of those we use.


Each of our troughs is arranged uniquely, featuring a choice selection of interesting and complimentary alpines. They are top dressed with a combination of slate/shale stone, gravels and aggregates, recreating the picturesque mountain screed environment from which these plants originated. The alpines are planted in an appropriate alpine compost mix which will sustain them for a number of years.


All troughs have drainage holes and are effectively self-maintaining, though will require some watering in periods of very dry weather to keep them at their best.

Saxifraga x boydii 'Nottingham'

Deep purple flowers

Aubrieta deltoidea 'Kitte'

Yellow flowers

Solidago virgaurea minima




Timeless Troughs


Our troughs are replicas of original stone troughs, retaining all of their rugged charm. We do not use resins or hypertufa, but instead a mixture of sharp sands and high quality cement. This results in a durable and frost proof trough which will remain so for many years to come.


A new trough will weather naturally and gather lichens and mosses over time, soon becoming indistinguishable from its original stone ancestor.





We produce our stoneware in the colours shown to the right, though please understand as each casting mix is different, there may be some variation in the exact shade.


Our troughs are available in many sizes and styles, from the largest Traditional Farm trough at nearly a metre long, to the compact Rock trough at a quarter of that. Along with our planters, they can also be purchased unplanted should you wish to create your own arrangement.


Each of our alpine troughs is one of a kind, with a character and individuality all of its own. If you are looking for something that little bit different for your home, give container gardening a go and place an order with us today.


Brown, Buff, Grey and Red Colour Options




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