Totally Tropical – Live!

Tomorrow – Thursday 16th July – from the University of Dundee Botanic Garden :
 
A journey through the steamy foliage of the tropical glasshouse, looking for some of our most beautiful, most ugly and smelliest plants! 
 
Help us measure the Victoria leaves and learn how to wear a Hibiscus flower.

 

This is a live on line event.

 

 
You can find out more here.

Botanic Garden event later today! #dundeewestend

From the Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden :
 
Victoria George, Scottish plant hunters, is speaker at today’s Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden talk.
 
Victoria is a lecturer in horticulture at Dundee and Angus College. 
 
She has a degree in Garden and Greenspace Design from Glasgow University, and wide interests in the field of horticulture.
 
The talk is in the Education Centre at the Botanic Garden at 2pm today – all welcome!

New Year Fun Run 2020 #dundeewestend

 
On Thursday 2nd January at 11am and until 1pm, there will be a 5k fun run around the paths of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden to get yourself in shape for the New Year. 
 
The event caters for all ages and ambitions, just walk or break the record!    Your reward, as well as a good time, will include seasonal refreshments in the education centre at the end of the run.
We recommend you register for free here to ensure catering is adequate on the day.
The event is weather dependent and up-to-the-minute guidance is available on the Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden blog.

Botanic Garden event #dundeewestend

From the Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden :
 
Talk by Kate White, Head Gardener, Cowden Castle Japanese Garden
Sunday 8th December at 2pm – Education Centre, Botanic Garden
 
 
Created in the early 20th century, the garden was vandalised in the 1960s, but an ongoing restoration project began in 2014, overseen by a team of experts including the renowned Japanese architect and garden designer Professor Masao Fukuhara.
 
See more about the Japanese Garden here.
 
We hope you can come along and hear Kate talking about this beautiful garden – have a walk round our own Botanic Garden and a cup of something in the Coffee Shop and make an afternoon of it!

Botanic Garden event #dundeewestend

Pea gin: how your choice of afternoon tipple could help save the rainforest 
Botanic Garden – Sunday 3rd November
 
Pete Iannetta, James Hutton Institute will discuss a study that found that the environmental footprint of pea gin was significantly lower than for wheat gin across 12 of 14 environmental impacts evaluated – from climate change, through water and air pollution, to fossil energy consumption.
 
Held in the Education Centre in the Garden at 2pm;  a free event to Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden; others – donations welcome.

Botanic Garden event tomorrow #dundeewestend

From the Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden :
 
Tomorrow – Sunday 13th October – at 2pm, there will be a presentation at the garden’s Education Centre on the subject of hospital therapy gardens.
 
It will be presented by James Falconer.
 
James is a former chaplain with NHS Grampian Healthcare and has been the driving force behind the Robertson Family Roof Garden at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, and now the proposed staff garden.
 
This event is free to attend to all members of the Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden and all others are invited to attend – donations welcome.

Exhibition at the Botanic Garden #dundeewestend

Dundee artist Pauline Lavery currently has an exhibition at Dundee Botanic Garden in the visitor centre.   This exhibition focuses on her Dundee paintings and there is also craftwork, cards and calendars.
 
Pauline creates her drawing and painting using several media and enjoys working in acrylics, watercolours and colouring pencils.   She is also a skilled felt-maker and creates felted jewellery, bags and scarves.
 
The exhibition titled “My Dundee” runs until Sunday 25th August during the normal summer opening times of the Botanic Garden.

Event at the Botanic Garden today #dundeewestend

The next Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden talk is today in the garden’s Education Centre at 2pm.
 
The speaker will be Sally McConville, Environmental Assistant at Dundee City Council. 
 
Sally will talk about Bonnie Dundee and Beautiful Scotland. 
 
Bonnie Dundee works in partnership with Dundee City Council to support Dundee’s entry into the Large City category of the Beautiful Scotland campaign. 
 
Volunteers are involved in a wide range of projects, from litter picks and tree planting to tending community gardens and the colourful planters you see around the city streets.
 
Hope to see you there – bring a friend!

New Year Fun Run 2019!

 
On Wednesday 2nd January at 11am and until 1pm there will be a 5k fun run around the paths of the University Botanic Garden to get yourself in shape for the New Year. 
 
The event caters for all ages and ambitions, just walk or break the record! 
 
Your reward, as well as a good time, will include seasonal refreshments in the education centre at the end of the run.
We recommend you register here to ensure our catering is adequate on the day.
The event is weather dependent and up-to-the-minute guidance is available on the Friends’ blog that you can access here.

Dundee Botanic Garden event #dundeewestend

The Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden have organised a talk on Historic gardens of Scotland – by Sue Hewer, Scotland’s Garden and Landscape Heritage.  
 
Taking place in the Education Centre (pictured) in the Garden tomorrow – Sunday 9th December – at 2pm.
 
The talk will discuss why and how the design of gardens and landscapes changes over time and what an understanding of those changes can contribute to our knowledge of social, cultural, economic, scientific and technological history.
 
All welcome!

Event at the Botanic Garden #dundeewestend

This Sunday – 4th November – the Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden have an event at the garden.
 
Christopher Dingwall, Landscape Historian and Heritage Consultant will talk about “James Thomson and the Garden City Movement in Dundee”. 
 
Thomson was a visionary City Architect around the turn of the 20th century, whose legacy is still evident today, though many of his ideas were halted by the First World War.
 
All welcome – the event takes place at the garden’s Education Centre at 2pm.

Wednesday afternoon lecture – University of Dundee

From the Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden :

The first of the Wednesday afternoon lectures, held in the D’Arcy Thompson lecture theatre in the Tower Building at the University of Dundee, takes place later this week. 
 
This will be given by Dr Neil Paterson of the Botanic Garden, and the title is “Sex, Obsession and Madness: Linnaeus and the naming of names”. 
 
It is on Wednesday 17th October at 2.15pm, and admission is £2 – all welcome!

Event at the Botanic Garden #dundeewestend

This Sunday – 14th October – the Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden have an event at the garden.
 
Clare Reaney will lead a foraging walk and talk in the Garden, starting at the Education Centre at 2pm.
 
Booking is essential for this – please e-mail fudbg.committee@gmail.com to book your place. 
 
Free to members; guests are invited to make a donation.

Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden event #dundeewestend

Friends’ talk Sunday 22nd April at 2pm 
– the history of the area around the Botanic Garden 
 
This talk has been rescheduled from 4th March when it was cancelled due to the snow.
 
Keith Walker, an expert on Dundee’s local history, will talk about Will’s Braes and the lands around the Botanic Garden. He has spent his life researching Dundee’s history, has contributed  frequently to the Craigie Column, and conducts research for the City Archives and local history specialists. 
 
As usual the talk is in the Education Centre at 2pm – all welcome!

Dundee Botanic Garden event #dundeewestend

UPDATE :   Friday 2nd March at 1pm – Sunday’s event below has been postponed due to weather conditions :

Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden
Talk – Sunday 4th March – the history of the area around the Botanic Garden
 
Keith Walker, an expert on Dundee’s local history, will talk about Will’s Braes and the lands around the Botanic Garden. 
 
Keith has spent his life researching Dundee’s history, has contributed frequently to the Craigie Column and conducts research for the City Archives and local history specialists. 
 
The talk is in the Education Centre in the Botanic Garden at 2pm.

Dundee Botanic Garden event today #dundeewestend

From the Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden :
 
The next event arranged by the Friends committee is today – Sunday 5th November – at 2pm in the Education Centre. 
 
Dr Alan Barclay, who can occasionally be seen ringing birds in the Garden, will give a talk on birds and bird ringing.
 
This event is free to members of the Friends, but guests are welcome and are invited to make a donation.