Monday, 2 April 2018

Plant of the month April 2018

Helleborus foetidus (stinking hellebore)
Family: Ranunculaceae
Origin: central & Southern Europe
Accession: 1983
Location: near the Evolution Garden

This evergreen perennial grows to 80cm tall and 100cm across, with thick succulent stems, glossy palmate leaves, and drooping yellowish-green cup-shaped flowers in spring. The five petal-like sepals contain numerous stamens, as well as up to ten nectaries, which make them attractive to bees and other insects. Each flower produces up to five seed follicles. Despite its common name, it is not noticeably malodorous, although the foliage is pungent when crushed. It prefers a deep, humus-rich, well-drained soil, and dappled shade, though it is also drought-tolerant. All parts of the plant are poisonous.
Thanks to Maggie Gowland for photographs.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Plant of the month March 2018

Rhododendron smithii
Family: Ericaceae
Origin: Himalayas
Accession: 1985
Location:  Asia

This rhododendron specimen was collected by George Sherriff in one of his plant-collecting expeditions to the Himalayas, and planted in his garden at Ascreavie, Kirriemuir. After the deaths of Major and Mrs. Sherriff (in 1967 and 1978), the property was sold on, and in 1983 many of the rare rhododendrons were donated to the Dundee Botanic Garden. This is an early-flowering, long-lasting scarlet rhododendron, similar to R. barbatum, but with indumentum on the leaf undersides.

Thanks to Maggie Gowland for photographs.

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.