Highland Boundary Spirits Go Wild at The Chelsea Flower Show

20 May 2022

Next generation, ethical Scottish distillers Highland Boundary showcases its talent for flavour innovation by supporting two gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show 2022.

Partnering with Jane Porter designer of the “Still Garden” at the 2022 Chelsea Flower Show, Highland Boundary Distillery introduces their bespoke designed “Still Garden Glee” cocktail which celebrates the tradition of distilling and the wild flavours of Scotland.

Garden designer Jane said,

“The inspiration for the garden came from the long tradition of distilling in Scotland and the native plants found in the Scottish landscape.”

Family-owned Highland Boundary distillery embodies the next generation of Scottish distillers focussed on sustainably harvested local ingredients and flavour innovation.

Distiller and founder, Dr Marian Bruce uses her scientific background to research and create Scottish spirits that showcase the flavours of wild Scotland.

Highland Boundary’s remarkable multi-award-winning spirits aim to re-connect people with the native, natural flavours of Scotland and their cultural traditions.

Renowned as wild flavour innovators, Highland Boundary researches ancient recipes and ethnobotanical uses of Scotland’s flora.  Then they use innovative distilling and extraction techniques to capture nature’s wild flavours from which they create contemporary spirits and exquisite wild cocktails. Marian explains,

“The Still Garden Glee cocktail celebrates the current distilling renaissance in Scotland and showcases the flavours from the wild plants in the landscape that inspired Jane’s design.  We’ve loved collaborating with Jane on her garden and are delighted to help her celebrate here at Chelsea.”

Cocktail: Still Garden Glee

  • Larch & Honeysuckle Wild Scottish Spirit
  • Scot’s Pine syrup
  • Rowan tincture
  • Garnished with larch needles

As biologists Marian and Simon from Highland Boundary understand the resilience that biodiversity brings to our countryside and are working to reverse the current crisis in our degraded ecosystems.  Highland Boundary is the only distillery in and founding members of the Scottish Rewilding Alliance.

As close partners with Rewilding Britain they are also working to celebrate the “Rewilding Britain Landscape” garden, designed by Lulu Urquhart and Adam Hunt. The Rewilding garden includes a whole ecosystem of native plant species, trees and shrubs and a carefully crafted beaver dam (without the beaver!).  Marian expands:

“Beavers are keystone species in the British landscape and the recent re-introduction of this species across the UK ensures that they are now able to do their work as ecosystem engineers, creating wetland habitats that benefit a multitude of insect, amphibian and fish species as well as wetland plants.”

The “Wild Landscape” cocktail features one of the beavers favourite trees, the birch, along with hawthorn and honeysuckle syrups and is garnished with sweet woodruff, an aromatic woodland flower – species that are all present in the garden.

Cocktail: Wild Landscape

  • Birch & Elderflower Wild Scottish Spirit
  • Hawthorn Flower and Berry syrup
  • Honeysuckle syrup
  • Garnished with sweet woodruff