A Riot of Rhododendrons

Join Clare Reaney as she provides a fascinating background on one of the lovely domestic plants that we keep at the Botanic Gardens, and maybe give you tips on what plants you may want to keep in your garden!

If you have any questions please call 01382 381190.

Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.

This workshop will take place on Thursday the 26th of April between the hours of 6PM and 7PM


Struggle for Existence in Plants

Join Dr Neil Paterson as he talks about the struggle plants face to stay alive in extreme climates. From deserts to rainforests, plants have their issues whether its fighting for water or light. Dr Neil Paterson will speak about this interesting subject in detail this April 2018.

If you require more information please call 01382 381190.

This workshop will be held on Wednesday the 11th of April between the hours of 1PM and 2PM


Willow Weaving

Join Diana Robertson, Head Gardener for the National Trust Scotland, at the garden for a fantastic workshop about willow weaving and the maintenance of our new willow arch in the Botanic Garden.

If you have any questions please call – 01382 381190.

It is advised that you wear suitable outdoor clothing and comfortable footwear.

The workshop will take place on Sunday the 8th of April between the hours of 2PM and 3PM


Garden Compost Making

Have you ever thought about what else you can do with your household foodwaste? Our very own gardener Dan Lockhart is running an interesting workshop from the Botanic Garden. He will be talking about how we make and use our garden compost.

If you require more information then please contact the garden office on 01382 381190.

Please bring a waterproof jacket and suitable footwear.

The workshop will take place on Saturday the 7th of April between the hours of 2PM and 3PM 


Beauty and Wonder of Plants

Peonies by Madelaine Lemaire (University of Dundee Museum Services)-500x343

From now until mid-March two brand new exhibitions will be running at the University of Dundee focusing on the wonder of plants and the roles they play in our lives!

In the Lamb Gallery, the exhibition “Botanical Conversations” features highlights from the University’s Herbarium collection as well as stunning botanical teaching charts and beautiful works of art and creative writing inspired by plants. Meanwhile, “Exploring our own Backyard” in the Tower Foyer Gallery has been put together by the University of Dundee Botanic Garden and highlights the current project to revamp the garden’s native plants area.

Botanical Conversations describes the history of botany teaching at Dundee whilst also showcasing some fascinating research projects being carried out both at the University and at the James Hutton Institute, including:
• Researchers in the School of Life Sciences aiming to improve the digestibility of crop wastes
• The citizen science GROW Laboratory at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
• Researchers in the School of Social Sciences studying the effects of El Nino and other climate shocks on tropical forests
• The Beauty of Roots – paintings by Jean Duncan, artist in residence with the Centre for Environmental Change & Human Resilience, created in collaboration with soil scientists
• Work by the James Hutton Institute to improve environmental sustainability by promoting legume-based food systems

Exploring our own Backyard celebrates the work of William Gardiner, a working man from Dundee who became a distinguished botanist in the first half of the nineteenth century and was the first to compile a flora of the local area.

Neil Paterson, Public Engagement Officer at Botanic Garden, said, “The native plants area is the jewel in the Garden’s crown. It is still unusual in botanic gardens, which traditionally showed little interest in their natives. Our garden is young, founded in 1971, and it was committed from the start to telling the story of Scottish plants and their ecology.

Matthew Jarron, Curator of Museum Services at the University, said, “Plants form the basis of life on earth. They are vital to our health and well-being as well as being an amazing inspiration for creativity. Our first Professor of Botany, Patrick Geddes, coined the phrase ‘by leaves we live’, a recognition that every aspect of our lives – culture, healthcare, the economy and the environment – are all reliant on plants.

Opening hours for both exhibitions are 9.30am-7pm on weekdays and 1-5pm each Saturday.

That Special Personal Christmas Gift

Christmas Bells with Ribbon and Holly

As the Festive Season approaches it is time to start thinking about that unique Christmas present for your special family member or friend.

Our personal sponsorship and celebration packages offer that different one-off gift supporting the  Dundee Botanic Garden, a 21 acre, tranquil hidden gem in the heart of the City of Dundee.

To find out more about this personal and unique gift please contact us.



‘An Audience with Nick Nairn’ – A Botanical Delight

Ellis Watson, Nick Nairn and Gordon Ramsay

A full capacity audience interacted and were entertained in the University of Dundee Botanic Garden during a special Audience with Scottish Celebrity Chef Nick Nairn.

The host for the evening was Ellis Watson – Chief of DC Thomson publications.  With Ellis’s relaxed and witty banter and Nick’s humerous, open and candid conversation, the audience were captivated and enthralled as they supplied the ingredients that cooked up a delicious evening of entertainment.

The event organised by the Dundee Botanic Garden Endowment Trust, supported their ongoing fundraising efforts and the special guided tours of this Botanical gem in the heart of the City, raised the awareness of the importance of Botanic Gardens.

Nick Nairn

Gordon Ramsay – Development Officer, said it was a wonderful evening form the start to the finish.  Nick Nairn and Ellis Watson were a terrific combination, ensuring the evening was mixed with audience participation with some exciting and interesting twists and turns.

Your donations would be appreciated, please see the sponsorship opportunities available.

For further information please contact us.

Support the Dundee Botanic Garden 5K Fun Run Team

Black & White photo with a few of the 2016 – 5K runners

The Botanic Garden will be hosting its annual Fun Run on Wednesday 17th May 2017 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm with all proceeds going to support the Endowment Trust.

The Trust has its own team of individuals running and we would appreciate any support of sponsorship be it small or large, whatever you can afford and if you are a UK tax payer remember to give the Gift Aid too.  Please donate here

Staged within the scenic setting of the Botanic  Garden, the Fun Run is  suitable for you and all the family no matter what your level of ability; whether you are raising money for a worthwhile cause, remembering a loved one or simply keeping active.  Come along and be part of this fun evening in one of the most beautiful locations within the City of Dundee.

Entry fee is £5 and registration closes at 6:45pm on Wednesday 17th May 2017.  There will be prize presentation at the finish line.

For more information please call Gordon Ramsay on 01382 381136.



Rus Tay Art

Poppies by Pat Rae

This exhibition will showcase a wide variety of high quality designs produced by a group of former City & Guilds Creative Textiles students.

The display will include 2D wall hangings and quilts alongside 3D wearable art and soft furnishings, worked in machine and hand stitch.

There will also be access to sketchbooks showing the inspiration and story behind the designs, and the processes used.

Please come along and enjoy browsing the Art Exhibition, there is also time to walk around and enjoy the beautiful Garden and to relax with a nice refreshment in our Coffee Shop.

Please come along and enjoy browsing the Art Exhibition, there is also time to walk around and enjoy the beautiful Garden and to relax with a nice refreshment in our Coffee Shop.

For more information telephone: The University of Dundee Botanic Garden on 01382 381190 or visit their website here.

Date – Wednesday 16th August 2017 to Wednesday 31st August 2017

Times – 10.00am to 4.30pm




"By creating we think, by living we learn" Patrick Geddes

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