Monday, 5 February 2018

Plant of the Month February 2018

Abutilon x hybridum 'Ashford Red'
Family: Malvaceae
Origin: Garden
Accession: 1981
Location: Temperate Glasshouse

Abutilon is a large genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, distributed through the tropics and sub-tropics of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia. ‘Ashford Red’ is a hybrid cultivar which can flower all winter in a cool glasshouse. It needs a minimum winter temperature of 5°C. It is a semi-evergreen shrub up to 3m in height, with pendant bell-shaped flowers up to 6cm long. It can be susceptible to glasshouse pests including whitefly and red spider mite.

Thanks to Maggie Gowland for photographs.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

The Garden staff have prepared a series of workshops over the spring and summer, starting in February.
They include eg rose pruning, tool maintenance, slab laying and guided walks in the Garden.

These are all bookable through Eventbrite - 
For a full list go to Eventbrite, type Dundee as your location and Botanic Garden as the category, and select the workshop you are interested in.

The first two are in February.
Tool maintenance workshop
Tuesday 13th February 2-3pm
Diana Robertson was a successful Head Gardener for the National Trust Scotland. Her workshop will focus on tool maintenance and provide you with an insight to the essential skills needed for sharpening secateurs.
It is advised that you wear suitable outdoor clothing and bring a waterproof jacket, depending on the weather. Some of this workshop will take place indoors.
Rose Pruning Workshop
Tuesday 27th February 2-3pm
Diana Robertson's workshop will focus on rose pruning and the care that is needed for these wonderful plants prior to the rose season.
It is advised that you wear suitable outdoor clothing and bring a waterproof jacket, providing on the weather. Some of this workshop will take place indoors.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Sunday 4th February 2018
2pm in the Education Centre in the Garden

Talk by Gavin Broomhall: The Garden of Remembrance at RM Condor. How the garden was formed and the ethos of what has been created, plus a history of the original house and garden before the MOD took it over.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Friends' 5k fun run - Ease into '18


The leading runners...

The start...

A collection of images can be found here.

Many thanks to all who attended and see you next year.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Plant of the month January 2018

Fitzroya cupressoides (Patagonian Cypress)
Family: Cupressaceae
Origin: Chile, Argentina
Accession: 2007
Location: Americas

 Fitzroya cupressoides is the largest tree species in South America, native to the temperate rain forests in the Andes of Chile and Argentina, where it grows in poorly-drained volcanic or sandy soils, up to 40–60m in height and 5m in diameter. It was named by Darwin after Captain Fitzroy of HMS Beagle. In 1993 a specimen from Chile was found to be 3622 years old, making it the second oldest living tree species. Heavy logging in the 19th and 20th centuries for its valuable timber, and clearance by fire for agriculture, has led to its current endangered (Red List) conservation status.

Thanks to Maggie Gowland for photographs.