Areas to visit at the Botanic Garden

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An annotated illustration of the Botanic Garden

Herb garden and Mediterranean plants

The shelter provided by the glasshouses in the Mediterranean Area creates a temperate microclimate ideal for these plants.

Mediterranean area

The Mediterranean collection, to the north of the glasshouses, includes a wide range of plants whose natural habit is dry soil.

Glasshouses (Desert and tropical plants)

One of our glasshouses demonstrates plant life in the tropical rainforest, where citrus fruit can be frequently found, coffee beans grow and the pond contains giant water lilies.

The other glasshouse takes you on a journey through a temperate region with bananas and insectivorous plants, to an arid zone with cacti and other succulents.

Visitor Centre

Containing the office, reception and small shop.

Education Centre

A wooden log style cabin building used for various events and functions

Garden of Evolution

The newest area of the garden, is the Evolutionary Garden, which represents the evolution of plants from the primitive lichens and mosses to flowering plants. It includes impressive dry stone walling.

Bridge Sculpture

A wonderful metal sculpture of a double bass

Native plants

The native plant area depicts the vegetation founds in Scotland from high mountain top to seaside. As you can walk alongside the mountain stream, and through the glen, you see the change from low-growing plants at the top to scrubby plants lower down.

This leads into birch pine wood, and oak woodlands, onto the nutrient-rich loch.

Eddie Kemp Pavilion

A traditionally styled pavilion named after the garden's first curator.

American Area (North and South American plants)

The American area of the garden includes a developing Eastern North American collection. This takes the visitor from the Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri) forests to mixed deciduous woodlands.


Find a secluded spot in the garden and relax

Tay View

A developing viewpoint over the River Tay with views to Fife

Australia and New Zealand area (Australasian plants)

In the Australasian section of the garden there is a large collection of Eucalyptus from Australia and Tasmania.

Asian area

The last area of the garden holds the Asian collection, with many plants from China and the Himalayas.


The farthest away resting spot in the garden