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In this section we have included a bit more about us, as well as a few links to sites with more about alpine gardening. Links will open in a new window.



History Of The Business


The business was formed in 1999 by Leslie Pryde, bringing with him thirty five years of experience as a horticulturist and landscape designer. A fellow of the Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management (ILAM), he is no stranger to the industry, and brings to his craft the great knowledge and enthusiasm only a true professional can.


Working with family and more than a little help from our friends, we have enjoyed success over the years in providing our products to both the consumer and trade markets.



Originally known as Hawthorn Castings & Plants, we reassessed our strengths and focus in 2006 and executed a multi-million pound corporate restructuring to advance and go forward as Hawthorn Alpine Troughs.





Local Alpine Nurseries



Rumbling Bridge Nursery   Family run wholesaler growing unique collections of rare alpines and herbaceous plants. Based near Kinross.
Binny Plants   Suppliers of Scottish grown plants straight from the nursery and specialises in choice, new and unusual perennials, ferns and grasses. Based in West Lothian.
Bennybeg Nursery   Friendly retail nursery in Perthshire. Expert help and advice on design, plant choice and care also on offer from owners.



Award winning wholesale nursery operating from a two hectare site close to the Forth Bridge.

Christies Nurseries


Angus based alpine plant specialists.

Kevock Garden


Midlothian based nursery growing alpines and rare plants from around the world.


Alpine Troughs and Gardening



Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society   Scotland's premier gardening society, based in Edinburgh. Welcomes anyone interested in gardening, be they amateurs or professionals, beginners or experienced gardeners.

Royal Horticultural Society


Details on their 1 Year Internship in Rock & Alpine Gardening.

Scottish Rock Garden Club


Enthusiasts promoting the cultivation of alpine and rock garden plants.

BBC Gardening


Guide to making a mini alpine garden.




Behind The Scenes


Nothing gets past the company Chaircat and Cat Executive, as seen here keeping the staff of Hawthorn Alpine Troughs under close scrutiny.








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