Wardie Parish Church in Edinburgh celebrated their Gold Eco-congregation Award on May 13th with a dialogue about gardening. David Rae formerly Director of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is on the Council of the Royal Horticultural Society and spoke about the benefits of gardening. He described the satisfaction of growing plants, bringing improved well-being for the gardeners and the creation of important wildlife areas through interconnecting gardens. Wardie has recently started a gardening group for the small church garden and holds an Open Gardens Weekend in June. This weekend has become a popular social occasion in the community as local gardeners walk round a variety of gardens and exchange ideas.