TRIBUTES have been paid to Lindsay Morrison, a stalwart of Musselburgh Horticultural Society, who died last Wednesday at the Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh. She was 66.

Mrs Morrison, described as a “beacon of light”, was a past president of the horticultural society, which she also served as secretary.

The tributes were led by George Anderson, presenter of BBC TV’s The Beechgrove Garden, who said: “Lindsay lit up a room whenever she walked in.”

And he added: “A lady with a wonderful warm personality and a caring nature, she was a ‘joiner’ and a ‘doer’. If she was involved in an organisation, she would throw herself wholeheartedly into its very being.

“An accomplished hands-on gardener, she was always welcoming whenever one visited and was excited to show visitors around and introduce them to her latest projects.

“A lady with boundless energy and full of ideas, she had that special gift that caused people to follow her example. She is an enormous loss to her local horticultural society and to her wider circle of gardening friends. I am so pleased I knew her and was encouraged by her love of life and her enthusiasm for all things gardening.”

Mrs Morrison’s family on her mother’s side were from North Berwick, although she was born in Jersey in 1954. The family moved back to Scotland and she spent her childhood in North Berwick.

In her early teens, the family moved to Ratho and she met her husband Irvine in 1973 in Edinburgh. Their proposed marriage was registered at Inveresk Church and they were married at Ratho Church on April 2 – the date of both their birthdays – in 1976.

Mr Morrison’s family purchased Carberry Sawmill in 1966.

Alongside the existing business, A M Morrison, involved in the collection and processing of waste cooking oils and fats, Mr Morrison and his brother started Carberry Candles in 1971.

The candle business received a boost when the miners’ strikes of the mid-1970s led to a surge in demand for candles. The business enjoyed many years of success, employing a peak of about 45 staff in the 1990s.

Mr and Mrs Morrison moved from Pencaitland to Carberry when they built a house opposite the candle factory in 1984.

They started Inwood Garden at their new home from a half-acre field with a few tree seedlings and little horticultural experience. The couple created island beds among lawns and began planting.

By 1992, the rhododendron collection had reached 50, space was a problem, so a further half acre of woodland was purchased. About 300 conifers were removed to make way for more beds, grassy paths and new specimen trees.

Inwood, an RHS partnership garden, has featured on The Beechgrove Garden and has been a long-term supporter of Scotland’s Gardens Scheme.

Mrs Morrison was a recipient of the Queen Mother’s Memorial Medal in 2013 from the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society (RCHS) for her contribution to horticulture in Scotland. Only one such medal is awarded by the RCHS each year and is for outstanding service by a non-professional.

She had a spell as an office bearer with the SE Scotland Fuchsia Society and also helped out on the RCHS advice stand at Gardening Scotland.

And she played a major part in the development of Musselburgh Horticultural Society, her service spanning about 20 years, and was joined on the group by Irvine two years ago.

Mrs Morrison played a leading role in organising the annual flower show at the Brunton Hall in Musselburgh, which incorporated the Scottish Gladiolus Society’s show, and was particularly keen to get children involved. She was delighted when her granddaughter Amber won a prize for a craft entry a couple of years ago. She also helped organise the society’s popular annual plant sale at the Hollies Day Centre.

Eve Dickinson, president of Musselburgh Horticultural Society, said: “Lindsay was an energetic and dedicated president and secretary, and a true friend of the Musselburgh Horticultural Society community.

“She will be hugely missed for her warmth, compassion, effervescent personality and immense knowledge. Lindsay could light up a room with her presence and was a gifted, witty and erudite speaker.

“Her contribution to Musselburgh Horticultural Society was immeasurable. Our thoughts are with her family and beloved granddaughters at this sad time. She will live on in our hearts and our memories.”

Karl Cleghorn, a former president of the society, said: “Lindsay was indeed a colourful character in all the right ways. Bright, cheerful, hardworking, she brought so much to the committee and members of Musselburgh Horticultural Society.

“Her inspiration drove the society to greater heights and she oversaw quite a growth in members and events we facilitate. All our activities were well supported; however, her finest hours were when we held our annual flower show, the huge turnouts by exhibitors and visitors testimony to her drive, ambition, knowledge and friendliness.

“Alternating the president’s role of the society with her was a pleasure and I know that she has left behind a long-lasting and enduring legacy with all the horticulturists not only in the Musselburgh area but Scotland-wide – where she was indeed ‘weel kent’!”

Former president Adrian McDowell added: “Lindsay will be greatly missed, not just by all those involved with the Musselburgh Horticultural Society, but all of those many people who will have met her at gardening events around Scotland and her many friends.

“She exuded warmth, energy and was definitely a beacon of light. You could not help but be inspired by her enthusiasm, positive outlook, lovely smile and inspiration.”

Mr and Mrs Morrison sold their house at Carberry in 2018 and moved to Cousland, where they created another smaller garden at their new home.

Mrs Morrison, who passed away after a short illness, bravely borne, is survived by her husband and son, also Irvine, daughter-in-law Angie, and grandchildren Amber and Ellie.