Ideal Hut Show to open at the University of Dundee Botanic Garden

A quirky installation which transforms the much-loved garden shed, is to go on display at the University of Dundee Botanic Garden on July 2nd. The Ideal Hut Show will showcase 18 garden sheds, renovated by top architects and designers from across the UK including Kelpies designer Andy Scott and Benedetta Tagliabue of Miralles Tagliabue, architects of the Scottish Parliament. The exhibition is a headline event of the Festival of Architecture and a key milestone in the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. Other highlights include a tartan hut, an ‘exploded axonometric’ (which is just as d...

'Oor Lillies' visits University of Dundee Botanic Garden

If you are planning to visit the University of Dundee Botanic Garden over summer, you are sure to bump into one of Dundee's favourite characters.  Between June 27 and August 27 fifty-five sculptures of Oor Wullie sitting on his bucket sitting on his bucket, all individually sponsored and decorated by artists and designers will be located around the city for the public to view, share and adore. Part of the Oor Wullie Bucket trail, “Oor Lillies” has taken pride of place at the University of Dundee Botanic Garden. The scuplture dons an abundance of vibrant colour and texture and gold-leaf gol...

Under 18s go free at Dundee Botanic Garden

The University of Dundee Botanic Garden will open its gates for free to under 18s this summer. Every day between July and August, young people will be able to see the collection of conifers, broad-leaved trees, shrubs, tropical and temperate glasshouses, all for free. Adults will also benefit from this offer every Saturday until August 27th. Curator Alasdair Hood said, “The Botanic Garden is a treasure and one of the finest examples of a large-scale garden to be found in Scotland. “We are looking forward to welcoming visitors to the Garden this summer. There’s lots going on and there is s...

BSBI and Plantlife Identifying Plant Families Workshops

The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) and Plantlife will be holding a workshop which will teach visitors how to identify wild flowers through recognising their families at the University of Botanic Gardens on 18th and 19th June 2016. The Wildflower families workshop is open to anyone, from keen gardeners to beginners and will also help to build confidence in using identification keys. Activities will including looking at a few Speedwell species as well as some of our rare native plants and clarifying botanical terms. There will also be an opportunity to explore the woodland and stre...

University of Dundee Botanic Garden: The lungs of the city

Article from The Courier.  With 21 acres of glorious plant life the University of Dundee Botanic Garden is known as the “lungs of the city.” Jack McKeown meets those who use and love the garden, and finds out why a group is raising £3 million to secure its long-term future. Students burrow with trowels at the vegetable garden beside the main entrance. Artists sit on canvas chairs in the glass house, brushes manipulating watercolour paint into the likeness of exotic flowers. An elderly couple enjoy the view over the River Tay from a wooden bench. A young mother and her daughter w...