January Plant of the Month

Araucaria araucana (Monkey puzzle, Chile pine) Family: Araucariaceae Origin: Chile, Argentina   Araucaria araucana or a monkey puzzle tree as it s better known is an evergreen conifer native to Chile and Argentina. It is also the national tree of Chile. It was introduced to the UK by Archibald Menzies in 1795. Its branches are clothed in sharply pointed, triangular dark green leaves, and mature plants bear cones on the upper branches, usually male and female on separate trees. The monkey tree is a popular garden tree, planted for its unusual effect of the thick, "reptilian" branches wi...

Festive opening hours

Our festive opening times are: Christmas Eve             10am-3:30pm Christmas Day             Closed Boxing Day                  Closed December 27th            10am-3:30pm December 28th            10am-3:30pm December 29th            10am-3:30pm December 30th    &nb...

Join the Big Garden Birdwatch at the Botanic Garden

Join RSPB Scotland at the University of Dundee Botanic Garden to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch - the world’s largest wildlife survey! More than half a million people from across the UK are set to take part by counting the birds in their gardens. Discover which birds can be found in the garden and get useful tips from RSPB staff and volunteers on identifying them. You can also find out more about how to Give Nature a Home in your garden and children can get messy making bird feeders to take home. The event will take place on Saturday 30th January 2016, 11am-3pm. The cost to enter the Garden wi...

The Botanic Garden – Winter Highlights

Winter is upon us, the temperature has dropped and the wind seems to have increased. However, what will amaze you when you come for a walk round the Garden during winter is how sheltered it is. You will hear the wind overhead whilst you walk amongst the tranquillity of the ever changing scenes. You should stop to admire the structures of the bare twigs and branches and look at the buds hidden within these structures. They are plump and healthy, full of next year’s leaves waiting to burst out as winter comes to an end. One of the most striking aspects of the Garden is the contrast between evergreen a...

A Walk in the Woods Exhibition by Val Fraser

‘A Walk in the Woods’ an exhibition by local artist Val Fraser, opens at the University of Dundee Botanic Garden tomorrow, Saturday 5th December. The exhibition is inspired by nature and will feature a variety of framed oil, watercolour and pastel drawings, paintings and mounted works. There will also be a selection of handmade cards available to purchase. Val, who is a graduate and former lecturer of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design said, “The Botanic Gardens is a great venue with good light and easily accessible, with a coffee shop next door and of course the gardens th...