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...

Fun in Dundee Botanic Garden for Plant Power Day

The University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute are coming together in the name of ‘Plant Power’. They will be hosting a free event on Saturday, May 21st at the University of Dundee’s Botanic Garden to highlight how fascinating plants are and how important they are to the past, present and future of humanity. There will be a range of activities taking place including hands on scientific workshops, falconry and face painting. Dr Kelly Houston, a plant geneticist from the James Hutton Institute, said, “We hope that the Plant Power Day offers something for everyone in the fanta...

University of Dundee Botanic Garden Fun Run

In association with the Institute of Sport and Exercise at the University of Dundee, the Botanic Garden will be hosting the annual Fun Run on Wednesday 18th May at 7pm. Staged within the scenic setting of the Botanic Garden, the Fun Run is suitable for all the family and levels of ability; whether you are raising money for a worthwhile cause, remembering a loved one or simply keeping active. Entry fee is £5 and registration closes at 6:45pm on Wednesday 18th May. There will be prizes up for grabs from Lows of Dundee. Please call 01382 381190 for more information. ...